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Dental Crowns from £29 per month Purpose, Procedure & Care

Among one of the most common restorative procedures we perform, a dental crown is used to protect a damaged tooth.

But as a specific cost level is associated with a dental crown, many patients question if they need a crown or can get by with a filling.

Here at Aqua Dental, we always recommend what is best for your smile and oral health, whether you’ll need a dental crown, a filling, or even a dental implant.

So let us explain the purpose of a crown, so you might understand why you may need one.

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Among one of the most common restorative procedures we perform, a dental crown is used to protect a damaged tooth.

But as a specific cost level is associated with a dental crown, many patients question if they need a crown or can get by with a filling.

Here at Aqua Dental, we always recommend what is best for your smile and oral health, whether you’ll need a dental crown, a filling, or even a dental implant.

So let us explain the purpose of a crown, so you might understand why you may need one.

A dental crown (cap) is a fixed prosthetic object cemented onto a tooth

What you need to know about crowns

Quick overview:

  • Why are dental crowns used? When fillings cannot solve the problem a dental crown is used to protect the underlying tooth.
  • Are they worth it? Long-term, dental crowns are a good option because they are durable and have a high success rate.
  • How much does a crown cost? We cannot speak for other practices across London, but here at Aqua Dental in Harrow, our crowns cost £700.
  • Are crowns on teeth permanent? They are not permanent solutions, however, they are long-term solutions. A crown will last anywhere from five to twenty years.
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What is a dental crown?

Over time, teeth can become damaged for a variety of reasons, whether it be tooth decay, gum disease or injury.

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that sits on top of a tooth to restore its shape, size and strength.

Sometimes, patients opt to have crowns for cosmetic reasons (not to be confused with veneers, which use thinner components).

However, here at Aqua Dental we mainly use porcelain, and white crowns to preserve a lack of tooth structure and to complete dental implant restorations.

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Why you may need a crown over a filling

For many patients, a dental crown will be a necessary procedure that’s used to help restore and repair teeth, but you may need a crown for several reasons including:

  • Protecting a weak tooth – keeping it from breaking, or keeping it together to prevent further cracking
  • Restoring a broken, or severely worn down tooth
  • Acting as a cover, where not much tooth remains
  • Holding a dental bridge firmly in place
  • Covering a dental implant
  • Being a final restoration for implant-based treatments
  • Covering a tooth that’s been treated with a root canal
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Types of dental crowns

Permanent crowns can be made from various materials, including:

  • Metals – used in crowns that include alloys, metal crowns can withstand biting and chewing forces well and offer the most extended durability in terms of wear and tear as they rarely chip or break. A good option for out of sight molars.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal – colour matched to your adjacent teeth, porcelain crowns look the most like natural teeth. However, this crown can sometimes leave a dark line on the gum—a good option for bridges, where metal is needed for strength.
  • All-resin – less expensive than any other crown type, all-resin crowns are known to wear down over time and are more prone to fractures.
  • All-ceramic or all-porcelain provides a more natural colour match and is more suitable for those with metal allergies. A good option for visible front teeth.
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Crown process and procedure

We can fit a dental crown in a single appointment. However, you might need to visit us at least twice in other typical cases.

We will prepare the tooth that needs the crown during your first visit and take all the impressions we need to send to the lab.

That’s where a second appointment may be applicable as we wait to receive your custom crown. But don’t worry; in the meantime, we will fit you with a temporary crown.

  • First appointment: Tooth preparation (shaping) and taking impressions.
  • Second appointment: We will evaluate the fit for the crown before cementing it into place – this usually takes up to 30 minutes or so.

As the crowning process varies, we also have the necessary equipment to take care of and place dental crowns on the same day.

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Tooth preparation

As a dental crown mimics the entire visible portion of your tooth, we need to shape the underlying tooth for the crown to fit correctly. Therefore, they are not recommended for veneer placements, as the underlying tooth structure is affected.

Preparing the tooth for a dental crown will involve removing very precise amounts of the tooth as well as any filling or tooth decay inside.

Once we have finished with your core, we will continue to shape the tooth to create a fine margin around the core of the tooth so your new restoration can fit.

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