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Maida Smiles (W. London)

Tel: 020 3974 1777

Dental Crowns in London from £75 PM

  • Dental crowns from £900
  • 0% finance over 12 months
  • Placed in one appointment
  • Modern types – no dark gum line

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Dental Crowns – Types, Procedure & Cost

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that restore and protect broken and weakened teeth affected by advanced dental decay. Constructed from various materials like metal, porcelain and resin, a dental crown will last anywhere from five to 15 years, depending on the type of crown you choose. Unsure? Book a check-up. Or get a second opinion.

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Porcelain

  • From £900
  • Up to 14 years
  • Tooth-coloured cap
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  • From £975
  • Up to 15 years
  • Tooth-coloured cap
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  • From £1,250
  • 15-20 years
  • Tooth-coloured cap
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Situations where you'll require a dental crown

Dental crowns are most commonly used to cover a root-canal-treated tooth or when a tooth filling is insufficient to protect the tooth from crumbling apart.

Other times include:

  • Restore a worn or broken tooth
  • Support and protect a cracked or damaged tooth
  • To secure a dental bridge in place
  • As the final restoration of dental implant 
  • Strengthen a weakened tooth
  • Hide a black tooth or discolouration

Signs you need a dental crown:

  • You’ve had a root canal done
  • Advanced dental decay or a large cavity
  • Broken, cracked or fractured teeth
  • Your tooth is too weak
  • As a final restoration for a bridge or implant

Dental crown types

Compare dental crown types:

  • Several metals are used including gold, nickel, chromium and palladium.
  • Rarely chip or break and are the longest-lasting in terms of wear.
  • Require the least amount of enamel removal. 
  • Very strong crowns that can withstand biting and chewing forces sufficiently. 
  • The main drawback is the metallic colour, making them more recommendable for rear teeth.
  • Hard inner core made from ceramic as opposed to metal. 
  • All-porcelain crowns mimic the translucency of natural tooth enamel. 
  • The only drawback is that the layers of ceramic are susceptible chips over their lifetime.
  • Best for front and visible teeth.
  • Mimics the appearance of tooth enamel more than another dental crown type.
  • Best for patients with metal allergies.
  • One type of ceramic crown is zirconia, which is highly durable and withstands heavier forces than other types of ceramic crowns. From £1,250.
  • Gentle on neighbouring teeth resulting in less enamel wear.
  • Combines the durability of metal with the natural look of porcelain.
  • Matched easily to the shade of your natural teeth.
  • High strength, but porcelain is susceptible to chipping over time.
  • Can wear down the enamel of opposing teeth.
  • Known to have a dark, metal gum line.
  • Last just as long as metal crowns – used on both front and back teeth.

Using CAD/CAM technology, dental crowns can be made in the dentist’s office, the same day as your appointment, being ready in just 15 minutes – which means you won’t have to wait weeks for the lab to custom create your crown. Taking digital impressions of your smile, the software sends the impressions to the on-site milling machine, which creates a crown to your specifications from a solid block of ceramic. 

Choosing the best type of dental crown

We offer several types of crowns and materials, from ceramic and porcelain to metal crowns.

Choosing a crown type often comes down to budget and aesthetics. As porcelain crowns have translucent properties, which means they can mimic natural teeth well, they are often the go-to choice. 

But white-coloured materials like Zirconia or Emax are also popular in cases where patients are not hugely concerned about their crowns blending in, especially to cover back molars.

Metal-based crowns can also offer superior strength and are recommended for rear teeth and molars as they provide better chewing distribution and stability. 

Discuss with the dentist which is better.

  • Protects a weakened structure
  • Prevents further decay and infection
  • Improves the appearance of chipped teeth
  • Restores the tooth’s natural shape and size
  • Help to reduce sensitivity 
  • Durable, lasting decades
  • Prolongs the life of a dying, natural tooth
  • No impressions required
  • Digital scanning – more comfortable
  • Tooth-coloured, long-lasting and natural-looking

Traditional dental crowns usually take two appointments. During your first visit, the main goal is to create a stable and solid foundation for the dental crown to bond to.

A dentist will begin by preparing your tooth by removing some of your natural enamel, which will make space for your new dental crown to sit on top. Following this, we’ll take digital impressions of your teeth to custom creating your dental crown. 

As it will take two to three weeks for your new crown to arrive, our dentists will usually make a temporary crown to protect the underlying tooth whilst we wait for your permanent one to be made. 

Your second visit, a few weeks later will take about an hour for the dentist to remove the temporary and bond the new crown to the prepared surface with a special dental cement. 

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Follow dental advice

If you’ve been recommended a dental crown to protect your tooth from further exposure to decay, you should not delay your treatment.

Whilst the tooth can survive several weeks without a crown, the tooth remains exposed, which can cause heightened sensitivity, dental pain and further damage that might lead to a tooth extraction.

At Maida Smiles, we offer same-day crown replacements and can see you within four hours if your crown has broken. Click here if your case is urgent.