A crown is an artificial restoration, often known as a ‘cap’ which fits over your natural tooth. A crown can be placed to help strengthen your tooth and restore a natural, full look of a tooth crown. Crowns can also be made with a post which fits into the root of a broken down tooth to help avoid losing the tooth.
Metal Ceramic crowns are the traditional type of white crown. They were first introduced in the 1950s’s and have a very good track record.
They consist of a metal core with porcelain bonded to it.
They are cheaper than all ceramic crowns (metal free). Generally, their aesthetics are considered inferior due to the presence of the metal. This has the effect of producing dull appearance of the crown and can create a grey line around the gum.
Emax is a metal free crown that exhibits excellent aesthetics due to the translucency of the material.
It can also be bonded to teeth meaning less tooth can be removed when compared to classic white crowns.
Emax is our choice material in highly aesthetic areas.
Zirconia crowns are similar to Emax in that they are metal free. They offer poorer aesthetic compared to Emax, but better than a metal ceramic crowns.
They cannot be bonded to tooth substance either, however they are much stronger than Emax.
They are our choice material when we feel we will need a stronger material.
Crowns are an effective way to rebuild, strengthen and restore function to a tooth that has been weakened or damaged due to decay or trauma. Crowns can also help improve the appearance of discoloured enamel or fillings.
Crowns can be made of different materials, and options also depend on whether the treatment is available under the NHS for a clinical need, or if the crown is an aesthetic option to improve the appearance of your smile.
This is what most crowns are made from. A precious metal is used to form the base of the crown and is covered with a layer of porcelain over the top. A benefit of using the metal base is to give extra strength to the crown, and therefore makes it suitable for use on back teeth as well as front.
These crowns are made fully from porcelain. Although sometimes not as strong as a bonded metal crown, they are more natural looking in colour and aesthetically pleasing, and are a popular option for front teeth.
This modern alternative offers the aesthetic appearance of a full porcelain crown with the strength of a metal bonded crown, and is therefore suitable on both front and back teeth.
Depending on the circumstances, some crowns are available on the NHS if there is a clinical need to maintain your oral health. This falls under a Band 3 treatment charge of £244.30. However, if your crown and the material chosen is to improve your smile aesthetically, and there is no clinical need, then the crown will be carried out Privately. These are priced from £350.