How Dental Crowns can Restore Your Teeth
Damaged or discoloured tooth spoiling your smile?
It doesn’t have to be that way. Also known as dental caps, crowns are protective covers that restore your teeth to their natural function, shape and colour – so you can eat, speak and smile with confidence.
Crowns are used to:
- Improve the appearance of discoloured or filled teeth.
- Restore heavily broken down teeth and prevent further breakage.
- Give form and shape to broken or misshapen teeth.
- Hold a bridge or denture firmly in place.
At The Willows, we offer dental crowns in Hereford from £450.
Benefits of Dental Crowns
Smile with Confidence
Crowns replace the surface of discoloured, misshapen and heavily filled teeth, and are designed using computer technology to fit in perfectly with the rest of your teeth. Don’t let that one troublesome tooth be a blight on your smile!
Restore Function to Damaged Teeth
Dental crowns restore function to heavily broken down teeth by giving them strength and a natural shape. This reduces pain and prevents the cost of extraction and subsequent replacement.
Extend the life of Your Teeth
Crowns are very durable and protect the tooth from wear and tear. Most crowns last 5-15 years with some even lasting 25-30. This depends on your oral hygiene and the type of crown used.
Which Crowns Should I Choose? – Options and Prices
While all crowns are designed for function, the higher quality crowns have a special emphasis on appearance. That makes cheaper quality crowns ideal for posterior (back) teeth and higher quality crowns more suitable for front teeth where aesthetics are paramount.
Higher quality crowns such as ceramic crowns have better aesthetics overall, more precise matching with other teeth, and avoid the ‘grey line’ problem seen with metal bonded crowns.
The Grey Line
|Crown Type||Price per Tooth||Description|
|Porcelain Bonded to Precious Metal||£460||Strong and good aesthetics. Nickel Free. Used primarily for back teeth.|
|Porcelain Bonded to High Nobility Metal||£550||73% Gold, 13% Palladium, 13% Platinum metal alloy is used, preventing the grey line around the margin as seen with cheaper quality crowns, markedly improving appearance. This offers a cheaper option for front teeth.|
|Ceramic Crowns||£750||Superb aesthetics. Fantastic bio-compatibility. Ideal for front teeth.|
|Zirconia Ceramic Crowns||£950||Zirconia or another pressable material is used, allowing for greater customisation of appearance. Ideal for front teeth where aesthetics need extra technical skill and lab time to match precisely with the rest of your teeth.|
How are Crowns Placed?
An initial examination and diagnosis is made that you need a tooth restored using a crown.
The tooth structure will be trimmed to a stump, known as a ‘preparation’. An impression is then taken of this preparation and sent to the laboratory. The preparation will be protected by a temporary crown until the final crown is designed and placed. Local anaesthetic may be used to ensure there’s no discomfort, but this is often not necessary.
2 weeks after the preparation the final crown is cemented in place.
Veneers – an Alternative to Crowns
In cases where the tooth is strong and healthy but you want the cosmetic benefits of crowns, dental veneers offer a great looking alternative at a similar price.
Veneers are thinner than crowns so only a tiny amount of enamel is removed from the tooth in preparation.