Last medically reviewed by Dr Sam Jethwa: March 31, 2021
Crowns restore a tooth’s shape, size, strength and appearance.
We will cement a crown into place in order to encase an entire tooth, which allows the crown to sit slightly above the gum line.
Fast answers to your pressing questions
- How long do crowns last? Dental crowns, especially made from porcelain can last a lifetime. The average lifespan, including other materials, is usually between five and fifteen years.
- How much do crowns cost? Depending on the material and practice you choose, the price of crowns can vary slightly. Often strong, durable and high-quality crowns are averagely priced at around £1,200. Here, at the Bespoke Smile, our crown prices, not compromising at all on quality begin from £850.
- Are dental crowns a good idea? It truly depends on your oral state. Crowns are often recommended as a last resort as a dentist will do everything they can to save your existing tooth. However, patients who are uncomfortable with gaps in their mouth can rectify this with a crown or a dental implant, which will fix your crown into place for life.
- Is it painful to have a crown put on your tooth? Patients often report only feeling mild discomfort. Typically, the crown procedure is no painful and anaesthetic and sedation can be used to numb the area.
- Should I have a crown or a veneer? If your restoration is purely for cosmetic purposes, veneers will be the best option.
Types of dental crowns
What material is best for dental crowns?
There are various crown materials; popular permanent crown materials include metal, gold and porcelain/ceramic.
Tooth-coloured crowns are often the patient’s first choice, this is because they blend flawlessly and naturally with existing teeth.
However, it is important to note that with old crowns, the metal lying underneath the crown’s porcelain can reveal a dark line on the gum line, which will become more apparent as the gums recede.
We are able to now avoid nasty dark lines by using specialist gum procedures and advanced replacement crowns crafted from porcelain that allows us to avoid this common and not so pretty aesthetic issue.
The ONLY circumstances crowns should be fitted
- To support, protect and cover a tooth with a large filling where there is not much existing tooth remaining
- Part of your root canal treatment
- To hold a dental bridge in position or to complete your dental implant treatment
- To protect a very weak tooth that is either very worn (from decay) or to hold together a cracked tooth
The patient should be aware of the oral states that crowns are used specifically to treat.
Time and time again, we see unknowing individuals opting to have crowns fitted because they are being marketed to them as veneers.
Veneers vs crowns
Crowns and veneers are two very different procedures.
Crowns are used to repair a severely cracked tooth or to attach to a post as seen with dental implants.
They should not be used as a solution to makeover your smile.
A crown’s purpose:
- Crowns are mostly used in situations where a tooth is severely decayed and broken.
- The crown is to protect the underlying broken teeth with a porcelain cap that covers the entire tooth.
- Crowns are used to protect what remains of the tooth. And whilst, it can make your smile look prettier, they are not as thin or translucent as veneers (crowns are 2.0 mm big).
- Porcelain veneers are specifically designed to only cover the front surface of the tooth!
- The veneer treatment aims at concealing smile imperfections from chips to misalignment problems.
- Veneers are usually between 0.3mm-0.5mm thick.
It’s important that you find a reputable dentist you can trust, who can advise you on which will be best for your current oral condition.
Pros vs cons
- Cost (there are other better-valued treatments that are more natural and long-lasting)
- Preparation of the tooth
- Potential tooth sensitivity
- Gum recession
- May need to be replaced in the future
- Holds broken teeth together
- Replaces worn fillings
- Restores fractured teeth
- Durable and long-lasting
Free dental crowns
Dental crowns are available on the NHS and are categorised as Band 3, which means you can expect them to costs around £269.
However, we cannot tell you how many unsightly NHS crowns we have replaced for our patients.
This is because they do tend to form the dreaded black line near the gums and are made from metal.
Here at the Bespoke Smile, we consider ourselves to be expert, professional dentists, who have won many awards in our chosen fields of cosmetic dentistry.
We handcraft and design everything in house so you can be sure that we will deliver a result that 98.9% of our patients are happy with for life.
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