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.