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Dental Crowns: What They Are, Types, Advantages and Disadvantages
Dental crowns advantages and disadvantages


Nov 8, 2022

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Este Medical Group

In this article we delve deeper into the process of getting a dental crown, what you’ll be looking at in terms of the cost of a dental crown, and the advantages and disadvantages of having this dental work done.  

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is basically a ‘pretend’ tooth. It looks like a tooth, but it’s not – the real tooth is tucked away snugly underneath the crown’s protective coating. Dental crowns are ideal if you have:

  • A damaged tooth that can’t be filled
  • A broken tooth
  • A decayed tooth

Types of Dental Crowns

When it comes to the different types of dental crowns available, you’ve got quite a few to choose from. However, some of the variations might not be suitable for your tooth. Your dentist will look at the best options for you and you will be able to decide which type of dental crown to proceed with.

Types of dental crowns include -

  1. Temporary dental crown
  2. Gold crowns
  3. Metal – titanium – crowns
  4. Porcelain crowns
  5. Crowns made from ceramic
  6. Resin crowns
  7. Crowns made from a combination of porcelain and metal

Advantages of Dental Crowns

If you’ve come to the decision that you need a dental crown procedure, then you’ll be pleased to hear that there really are multiple benefits to having this dental work done. Dental crowns are ideal if you need to protect a damaged tooth – especially if you’ve had root canal surgery on the tooth. Cracked, broken, or fractured teeth can be given a makeover with the addition of a dental crown, while teeth where fillings have worn out or are large in size can be made better with a crown procedure.

If you have a tooth that is misaligned with the rest of your teeth, or discoloured – a dental crown can help give your smile a more uniform look. Likewise, if one of your teeth is misshapen, capping it with a crown can rectify the problem. Lastly, if you’ve had dental implants and your original implant crown is looking a little worse for wear, then a new crown can quickly resolve the issue.

Disadvantages of Dental Crowns

Annoyingly, dental crowns don’t come with a 100% guarantee that there won’t be any disadvantages. While many people who have dental crowns enjoy them and wouldn’t change a thing, some people do experience disadvantages to dental crowns. They include -

  • The cost element: In the UK you can expect to pay around £650 - £800 for a dental crown with a private dentist. Of course, if you’re able to get a dental crown on the NHS you will pay less, but waiting times can be long
  • If the dental crown isn’t fitted correctly, it could actually damage other teeth either side. This happens if the crown rubs against neighbouring teeth
  • You may need repairs to your dental crown and this will carry a further cost
  • If the tooth that is having the crown fitted is filed too thinly, it’s possible that nerve damage can occur to this tooth

Where Can I get Affordable Dental Crowns?

You can get dental crowns at Turkey Este Medical for a significantly better price than you’d pay for the same procedure in the UK. At Este, we work with highly-experienced, skilled and qualified dental surgeons who carry out procedures in our sister clinic in Istanbul. We achieve great results and our clients don’t just enjoy seeing their smile improve, they enjoy seeing a different part of the world at the same time too.  

The cost of a dental crown in Turkey depends on the type of crown you have fitted, but in general you can expect to pay around £120 for a metal-fused porcelain crown. To find out more about the cost of a dental crown with Este Medical in Turkey, please enquire through our website, or give us a call.

Can Dental Crowns be Replaced?

If a problem develops with the tooth underneath the dental crown and you find that the crown needs to be removed, then it is possible to have your crown replaced. This procedure is straightforward if you’ve only had a temporary crown fitted. It gets a little trickier if the crown is a permanent one.

Usually, your dentist will numb your gums to ensure any discomfort is reduced, then they will use an adhesive to weaken the cement that holds the crown to the tooth. Once the crown has been removed, any necessary work can be carried out to the tooth underneath, and a new crown - or the original crown if it is still in good condition - can be refitted.

Get the Smile you Deserve

If you’re fed up of looking at teeth that just don’t make you feel good, do something about it today. To find out more about having a dental crown procedure with Este Medical, what’s involved, and how to go about booking your initial appointment, please get in touch with us today.

Last Updated:

November 14, 2022

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