If you’re a middle-aged person genuinely interested to know how much a dental crown will cost them in the UK, here is everything you need to know.
Our intention here is to help you make the right decision about which dental clinic to go to for your dental crowns or whether or not it’s worth it for you to travel for your dental crowns abroad instead.
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Firstly if you’re unsure exactly what tooth crowns are, then here’s a handy explanation:
As I’ve explained in other pages on this website, tooth crowns are shaped like natural teeth and fit like a “cap” over your own teeth.
Dental crowns are considered both a cosmetic and restorative type of dental treatment. Unlike tooth veneers, they can be joined together to make a “bridge” of crowns, cover gaps, or bridge dental implants.
1. Private dental clinic prices in the UK depend on the materials used for the tooth crowns and the time taken to make them.
2. Dental crowns are made in a dental lab or chairside using a 3D printer, so the cost of the tooth crown in the UK depends on the material used and the technology used and the prices the dental technicians charge the dental clinic or dental practice.
3. The materials used in tooth crowns include:
Porcelain (most expensive for a very natural tooth look)
The tooth crown cost for these types of crowns averages at £750.75 per tooth crown across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.(source GCR.org survey)
(UK private dental practice price correct as of July 2019)
Typically used on actors & models, these tooth crowns are made from a highly translucent, tooth-like material that looks lighter than your natural teeth when photographed with a flash camera or under bright lights.
When your gum recedes with age, a grey line of metal will not show around the edges of the crown as is the case with porcelain fused to metal crowns (discussed below).
porcelain bonded fused onto precious metal or all-metal (generally less expensive and used on back teeth).
These are the typical NHS-style tooth crowns which are currently in Band 3, priced at £269.30 in UK NHS dental practices if you are eligible.
(NHS prices correct as of March 2019).
Dental Crown Costs In The UK
2018: Based on a recent survey by WHICH magazine of UK dental treatment prices quoted by leading private dental chains, such Bupa, Dentalcare Group, MyDentist, Rodericks, Genix Healthcare and Southern Dental in late 2018, found that:
the dental crown cost in the UK is anywhere from £250 – £1,180, averaging at £715 per tooth crown or bridgepoint in 2018.Which Magazine 2018
2019: The average cost of a tooth crown in a UK dental practice (private) has since then increased by 5% to £750 in 2019
(source GCR.org survey)
Tooth crown costs abroad
Savings of anywhere up to 70% can be expected by having tooth crowns in India or Thailand, with tooth crown costs coming between £100-£150. (source GCR.org survey)
Closer to home within European Union member states such as Poland, Hungary, Croatia or Slovakia, for example, a saving of 40-50% is expected, with single dental crown prices coming between £250 to £400. (source GCR.org survey)
Tooth crown cost with Dental Holiday
Porcelain Fused Teeth Crowns & all-metal crowns – we don’t do them.
At Dental Holiday in Slovakia, we simply don’t do porcelain fused to metal crowns anymore. The results that can be achieved using full ceramic crowns far outweigh the extra cost, as I’ll explain shortly.
These crowns or “caps” are commonly used in dental clinics worldwide and by NHS dentistry in Britain. They have a metal core covered by porcelain of various tooth shades, rated A1, A2, B1, B2, etc. They can be joined in tooth bridges or used as individual teeth and on dental implants.
Whilst just as strong and functional as all-ceramic caps, the major let-down is the metal visible beneath the crowns as your gums recede with age. I’m sure you’ve seen people in their middle ages with grey lines around the edges of their teeth where they meet the gums – that’s the metal showing.
Usually hand-crafted in dental labs, the expected preparation time is usually a week or more.
Full porcelain Crowns or caps – cost just £327 per tooth at Dental Holiday
Fortunately, the modern solution to porcelain fused or metal-based crowns has become common in many private dental practices across the UK. This is the all-ceramic or metal-free crown.
Usually made from Zircon or Cercon, this tooth crown or cap has a closer appearance to natural teeth and doesn’t seem darker when photographed with a flash camera. It also saves you from the “grey rim” later in life.
Typical full porcelain crown names are CEREC, EMAX, UNIVAC, LITHIUM DISILICATE or LAVA, and as with porcelain-fused crowns, can be formed as a tooth bridge and put onto dental implants.
Due to technological advancements, the preparation for these types of crowns is computer-assisted and can usually be ready within 3-4 days.
Both types of crowns and bridges have a typical life expectancy of 5-20 years, depending on how you look after them.
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