Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that sit on top of teeth to cover and conceal a tooth that has become damaged.
Tooth crowns, in this case, are prescribed to restore the tooth shape, size, and strength and, in turn, to improve its appearance.
Lasting up to 30 years, crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the tooth and protect it from deteriorating further.
Why you might need a dental crown:
- Protect a weak underlying tooth from decay or breaking apart
- Recommended for patients with cracked teeth
- To restore severely worn down or broken teeth
- Cover and support a large filling when little tooth remains
- To anchor a dental implant in place
- As a final restoration for a dental implant
Choose Mint for your dental crown procedure. Call 020 7928 4474.
What our patients really want to know about dental crowns
We’ve answered highly popular patient questions regarding dental crowns below:
HOW LONG DO NEW DENTAL CROWNS LAST?
Like many other dental procedures, the longevity of treatment always depends on how well you look after your oral health.
However, typically, the average lifespan of a crown that’s well-looked-after is around 15 years. Those who go the extra mile to take care of their crown will likely see the longevity of their dental crown increase, with some lifespans reaching 30 years.
WHAT ARE THE MAIN TYPES OF CROWNS?
Dental crowns traditionally are a durable solution to restore the function and look of a damaged tooth. The tooth-shaped caps help restore and preserve teeth as well as improve the overall look of your smile at the same time.
That said, dental crowns come in varying materials, all varying in cost:
- Gold crowns: More commonly used in the back teeth, the main advantages being durability and requiring less tooth structure to be removed.
- Porcelain crowns: Mostly used on the visible portion of your smile (front teeth), they provide the most life-like, natural-looking results. Porcelain crowns match the shape, colour and size of your teeth. Plus, no metal is used.
- E-max crowns: A type of ceramic crown that’s light, thin, durable and very strong!
- Zirconia crowns: Combines the strength of metal with the aesthetics of a porcelain crown and thus are long-lasting.
WHICH TYPE OF TOOTH CROWN IS BEST?
If you ask a cosmetic dentist, they’ll likely tell you that porcelain crowns are the better option as they achieve the best aesthetic results. But here at Mint, we’re both general, restorative and cosmetic dentists. We like to ensure that the material fits your lifestyle, budget and requirements.
Depending on the reason you need a crown, we may recommend a specific type following a dental examination.
WHAT ARE THE DISADVANTAGES OF DENTAL CROWNS?
One clear disadvantage of crowns for patients can be their cost, but often they’re an essential part of restoration treatments; for example, you might need one after a root canal or dental implant treatment. If this is the case, and dental crowns are out of your budget, we can provide monthly instalment plans and 0% financing to help you spread the cost of your treatment.
Our dentists will also need to reduce the size of the underlying tooth so the crown can fit nicely on top – think of it like a cap!
Other risk factors with crowns may include possible nerve damage or sensitivity – but as with any medical treatment, there are always possible complications. Still, they are not typical and can be managed easily with a dentist.
The cost of dental crowns
“I had an amazing experience at Mint Dental Clinic. It is the best dental practice I have been to. Dr Patel is very professional and caring; he did an excellent treatment for my new crown, tooth fillings, and mouth hygiene and explained every treatment very well. Highly recommended!” – Alina, London
We regularly accept new patients from the following locations:
- Our address is 3 St Georges Court, Garden Row, Elephant and Castle, London SE1 6HD.
- The closest tube/train station is Elephant and Castle on the Bakerloo Line.
- Car parking spaces available near the practice on Colnbrook Street
- We’re also wheelchair accessible.
Affordable dental finance on all treatments over £995.00
We’ve teamed up with Chrysalis Finance to provide you with simple & affordable ways to pay for all types of dental treatment; finance from £950.00 to £25,000.00. You don’t need to be a homeowner. When approved, Chrysalis would pay our clinic directly. Chrysalis Finance Limited is Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, FRN 631193. This does not affect your credit score.
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