You may have discussed the option of having NHS or private dental crowns placed with your dentist but have wondered if there is really any difference? Firstly private dental crowns will cost roughly £450 whereas NHS dental crowns will usually cost under £100. There are many reasons for this price difference.
NHS dental crowns have an inner metal core to give it strength and an exterior porcelain wrapping to make it look somewhat like a tooth. There is a limited range of shade available for making NHS crowns and they tend to only be made in a single shade whereas natural teeth have a whole variety of shade ranging from whites to yellows to blues and ambers. Due to the metal core of the crown you can sometimes get a grey discolouration along your gum line also light cannot pass through the crown properly and so they can look a bit dull.
Private cosmetic crowns have a metal free, white inner core made from zirconia with porcelain wrapped over this. Zirconia is an extremely hard material and give the crown strength whilst still allowing the dental crown transmit and reflect light and so look more natural. It is possible to have cosmetic crowns made to a bespoke shade so that it will match in perfectly with your other teeth.
Whether you are receiving NHS dental care or cosmetic private treatments with us at Complete Dental Care, our dental team will always take their time to achieve the best result possible.