Dental crowns are a common and versatile treatment used in general and cosmetic dentistry to protect damaged or decaying teeth from further harm. They sit over your natural tooth like a cap and act as a barrier, shielding the tooth underneath and providing a more natural function and look.
However, there is far more to the use of dental crowns than simply protecting damaged teeth. They can also be used to fix a wide selection of cosmetic complaints, including changing the shape and size of your teeth and providing a brighter, straighter looking smile.
Crowns can be used to safely and effectively conceal severe discolouration where a course of teeth whitening treatments may be ineffective. If you have considered getting dental crowns, one question you may have is how much do dental crowns cost?
This is a question that we are often asked here at Revitalise Dental Centre. In this blog post, we will look at the important information about the cost of dental crown treatments and discuss the different factors you will need to consider when deciding if this cosmetic dentistry treatment is the right option for you.
Dental crowns are by no means a new invention. They have been used for centuries to help patients achieve a better, more comfortable smile and to correct all manner of dental issues.
Throughout history, crowns have been made from a huge range of materials, from gold to the more modern use of ceramics and metals. The use of ceramics in dentistry dates back to 1889 when Charles H. Land patented the all-porcelain ‘jacket’ crown. This technique was then introduced widely as a treatment in the 1900s and was used up until the 1950s. It wasn’t until the 1990’s when the first crown without a metal base was developed and revolutionised the use of dental crowns. Technology and the materials used have come a long way since the first introduction of dental crowns as a treatment and at Revitalise our team and our onsite lab are proud to be at the cutting edge of developments in dental technology.
We pride ourselves on using the highest quality materials to create our dental crowns, which are crafted by skilled technicians. Our expert cosmetic dentistry team are always on hand to answer any questions you may have about how much dental crowns cost, the process of creating crowns and the overall treatment process.
The Cost of Dental Crowns
How much do dental crowns cost? While there is no final, definitive answer to this question due to the many variables involved in treatment, we know that you will find it helpful to explore the range of prices and options, to help you make an informed decision about your dental care.
The cost and duration of any dental crown or cosmetic dentistry treatment depends entirely on the circumstances and needs of an individual patient. As you would expect, one of the main reasons for the difference in price is the type of material used to manufacture the crown. For example, a gold crown will cost more than one made in ceramic or metal.
At Revitalise we look at all aspects of a patient’s lifestyle and the results they would like to achieve before advising which material and technique will provide the best and most effective outcome. In consultation sessions we will discuss every option with you so that you can make a choice that best suits you and our team are always available to answer any questions that you have or advise you on aftercare.
In many cases we find that crowns used in cosmetic dentistry to correct issues are often best when made in ceramic. Using ceramic to create a bespoke dental crown, customers should expect a cost of between £800 and £1200.
We understand that while the initial outlay for a dental crown and/or other cosmetic dentistry procedures may feel expensive or out of reach, the undoubted benefits of having the treatment and achieving a better, brighter, more confident smile far outweigh the cost. Ultimately it provides a positive impact in all areas of your well-being and overall health.
As each patient’s needs are different we will always encourage you to book an initial consultation with an experienced member of our team, where you can discuss your wishes and the available options.
Your dedicated practitioner will conduct a thorough examination that consists of:
- An assessment of your head, neck and mouth.
- Identifying any evident health/dental issues, even ‘silent’ ones.
- Identifying problems that have the potential to impact negatively on your oral health, for example teeth grinding.
A treatment plan will then be created and designed to meet your individual needs and circumstances.
Because dental crowns are a permanent treatment they may require the shape and size of your natural tooth to be altered permanently; allowing the cap to fit securely and safely over the top.
Although they are a permanent solution to fix general and cosmetic dentistry issues they are not indestructible and will need to be replaced after approximately 15 years. Your Revitalise practitioner will discuss all the ways that you can care for and ensure the longest lifespan for your crown for example Hygiene, this recurring fee does need to be taken into account when you consider your options and plan for how much a dental crown will cost you.
Because dental crowns are commonly used to cover and protect teeth that are badly damaged or suffering from decay, it is possible that other treatments may be required before a crown can be safely and properly fitted.
If the reason you are considering getting a dental crown is because you are experiencing tooth decay, you will need to have the affected area treated and cleaned first. This is to stop any further decay and protect your teeth.
Crowns do not stop decay, but do act as a protective barrier to help prevent it when combined with a proper, comprehensive oral hygiene regime that includes regular appointments with your dentist. Any necessary treatments before a crown is fitted, for example a root canal, will incur an additional cost that is not included in the price of your crown treatment.
Another key factor that impacts on the cost of creating a bespoke dental crown is the manufacturing process.
Here at Revitalise, we are very fortunate to have a state-of-the-art, onsite laboratory which makes the treatments we offer more efficient for our patients.
Our lab is staffed by experienced technicians using the latest technology to create bespoke dental prosthetics for all of our cosmetic dentistry procedures. Having everything onsite means that we can offer a shorter waiting period between your initial consultation and having your crown fitted.
The process of a dental crown treatment is quite straightforward:
- Around 1mm of the outer surface of the affected tooth will need to be removed.
- A mould will then be created of your remaining teeth.
- Our highly experienced dental technicians will create and prepare your new crown using the latest CAD/CAM technologies.
Once the crown has been created, your personal Revitalise dental practitioner will ensure that the crown fits comfortably before applying a strong adhesive to secure it in place. By using the highest quality materials and the most advanced technology available we are able to create bespoke dental crowns that provide the best, and most natural look and fit without the need for any alterations to the surrounding teeth.
Some people worry about a new dental crown looking different in comparison to their natural teeth. We guaranteed to colour match your crowns to your existing teeth so that they will blend in seamlessly.
The ceramic we use to create our crowns cannot be whitened once it has been fitted. If you wish to achieve a whiter smile you will need to undertake this first before the work begins to design and fit your crown. When the process of brightening your smile is completed, our skilled dental technicians will be able to expertly colour match your crown to your new natural colour.
Why Are Dental Crowns Cheaper Abroad?
As you explore how much a dental crown treatment could cost, you may discover that dentists in other countries offer cheaper cosmetic dentistry options. While this may sound appealing, you should consider your choice of dental practice, and dentist very carefully.
All dentists that practice within the UK must be registered with the General Dental Council. Dental practices must abide by their rigorous standards and regulations and ensure that all patients have access to safe, high-quality care
In other countries, the standards required by dental professionals may vary and they will not be regulated to the same British standards.
Here at Revitalise, we design bespoke dental crowns in our onsite laboratory using the highest quality materials to achieve a natural-looking, functioning and comfortable result. A properly manufactured dental crown should look, function and feel like a regular tooth and last up to 15 years.
If you choose to travel abroad for cheaper cosmetic dentistry treatments, you may not be able to guarantee the services you receive. All of the dentistry team at Revitalise Dental Centre are trained to the highest standards and offer 5-star care to each and every patient.
We take the time to get to know our patients, discuss the results that they would like to achieve and never offer a one-size-fits-all treatment. Each person is different and everyone receives a bespoke treatment plan specifically tailored to help them achieve their dream smile.
During your initial consultation, your dentist should discuss any health issues or concerns that you have. By seeking cheaper dental treatments abroad, any communication about health issues or allergies may get lost in translation.
At Revitalise we know that aftercare is just as important as the treatment itself. We pride ourselves on the exceptional care we offer, looking after our patients after their treatment is completed and being on hand to advise and guide each person on maintaining their new smile.
If your crown were to break or come loose, we would be able to rectify the issue quickly and efficiently for you. If you travel overseas to get a dental crown fitted and it breaks, it may end up costing you more money to get it fixed than it would have done to undergo the procedure in the UK to begin with.
On returning to the UK, if you require any further treatment you may need to provide correct documentation to show what work has been undertaken for you and where.
Any paperwork should be in English and detail the materials used and the procedures followed. This is vital and ensures that, should any additional treatment be needed, your dentist will know what has been done, by who and how so that the issue can be fixed correctly and safely.
By seeking cheaper dental crowns abroad, you risk undergoing sub-par treatment which is not regulated to the same standards as here in the UK and could ultimately damage your health and your wallet.
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Dental crowns are an excellent treatment option to help you protect any badly damaged or decaying teeth and achieve a more confident smile.
Although there is no definitive answer to the question, how much do dental crowns cost, they are certainly worth the investment and will help you achieve your dream smile.
If you are researching how much dental crowns cost, either here in the UK or abroad, you should always consider:
- The qualifications of the dentist.
- The regulations and standards required by the governing body.
- The treatment process used by the individual and the practice they work with.
- The reviews by and experiences of previous patients.
At Revitalise we pride ourselves on helping our patients achieve their perfect smile and getting their confidence back. We know that the cost of dental crowns can be a major factor when deciding to move forward with treatment, which is why we offer a range of affordable patient finance plans, giving you the flexibility to spread the cost of your five star care.
If you wish to discuss anything we have mentioned in more detail, a member of our expert cosmetic dentistry team, headed up by world renowned cosmetic dentist Dr Jason Smithson, will be happy to give you more information. You can call us on 01872 555 911 or email email@example.com to book an initial consultation.