A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over the entire visible portion of your tooth. It’s a permanent solution for a damaged tooth and once it’s fixed in place, a crown will look, feel and function just like any other tooth.

Crowns are usually needed if you have a damaged or weakened tooth that cannot be fixed with a filling. Sometimes crowns are needed because of aesthetic considerations but mainly it’s due to a lack of remaining tooth structure. Most commonly this is because a tooth has had a large filling or has sustained a fracture.

Crowns can be made from ceramic (such as porcelain), metal (gold or metal alloy), or a combination of both. The latest advances in ceramics mean that porcelain crowns are indistinguishable from your own natural teeth.

What are the benefits of having a crown fitted?

If you have a tooth that has significant damage or a weakened structure, a crown can help support that tooth and prevent further decay, preserving your natural tooth for the future. Crowns can also improve the appearance of a tooth that is chipped or stained, restoring the tooth to its usual shape and colour.

Providing you take proper care of your teeth, a dental crown can last for years. They are also sometimes available on the NHS and on Bupa Dental Essentials, making crowns an affordable, long-term solution for damaged teeth.

Contact your nearest Bupa Dental Care practice to find out more about crowns. Our dental care professionals will be happy to discuss your options with you.

What are the alternatives to crowns?

Possible alternatives to crowns are:

  • Veneers - A veneer is a thin moulding custom-made from porcelain, which is bonded to the front surface of a tooth. They can also be used to cover gaps in teeth where orthodontic treatment may not be suitable.
  • Fillings - Fillings are used to fill cavities that have formed in your teeth. They help to stop toothache and prevent further decay. There are different types of fillings but the most common are amalgam (metal) and composite, which match the colour of your teeth.

Your dentist will be able to advise you about which treatment is right for you. This will depend on the extent of the damage to your teeth and which teeth are affected. Your local Bupa Dental Care dentist will be happy to discuss your options with you.

How much do crowns cost?

Crowns are sometimes available on the NHS if the procedure is considered to be clinically necessary. If you qualify for NHS care, you can choose to receive this at a Bupa Dental Care practice. Many of our practices offer NHS treatments or Bupa Dental Essentials, an affordable private alternative to NHS care.

If a treatment is purely cosmetic in nature, it will not be covered by the NHS and may not be available on Bupa Dental Essentials. However, most Bupa Dental Care practices also offer crowns privately. We believe in transparent pricing, so we always explain the full cost to you before beginning treatment.

Crowns are available from Bupa Dental Care dentists throughout the UK. Exact costs depend on which tooth is being treated and which material the crown is made of. Our Bupa Dental Care staff will discuss your options with you.

Find your nearest Bupa Dental Care practice to understand costs.

How are crowns fitted?

It usually takes two appointments to prepare and fit a crown. During the first visit, your dentist will remove any weakened parts of the tooth and prepare it so it's equipped to hold the crown. Your dentist will then take an impression and fit a temporary crown, custom-made by a specialised lab technician according to the dentist's instructions. At your second visit, the temporary crown is removed and the new crown is cemented into place.

Depending on where in your mouth a crown is being fitted, they can be made from either metal, or metal covered in porcelain, or completely from porcelain. Porcelain crowns are used when the treatment is being carried out on a tooth that's towards the front of your mouth, so it's practically impossible to tell it apart from your natural teeth.

Why choose Bupa Dental Care for your crown?

Contact your nearest Bupa Dental Care practice to discuss crowns and make an appointment.

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