A dental crown is a tooth -shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth — to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line



Why Is a Dental Crown Needed?

A  crown may be needed in the following situations:

  1. To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
  2. To restore a tooth that has been broken, decayed or severely worn down
  3. To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left
  4. To cover misshapen or discoloured teeth (to improve appearance)
  5. To cover a dental implant

The Dental laboratory where we mainly source our crown work is DTS a well established business situated in Glasgow. 


There is a choice of materials now commonly used for crown (and bridge work), the main types which are used at Eden Dental Clinic are:-
Porcelain Bonded Crowns

Porcelain Bonded Crown

This type of crown consists of a metal base which fits snuggly around the underlying tooth, post or filling. A porcelain cover then covers the metal to provide a tooth-like appearance. – The cost of this crown varies on the type of metal used but will be between £350 and £450

Opalite Crown

Opalite Crown

The Opalite crown is made from monolithic zirconia which is an extremely hard wearing material which is made by CAD-CAM technology in the lab.  Due to it’s strength it is ideal for crowns at the back of the mouth, however aesthetically it has not as good qualities as other crowns such as the core or e-max varieties. So is very rarely used for anterior crown work.  This crown is not available through the NHS.  The cost privately is £400 and charge for Highland Dental Plan patients is £100
Emax Crown
Gold Crown

Gold Crown

Gold Crowns are still considered a great material for fabricating crowns, however, the recent escalation in the  costs of gold and the fact that most patients want a tooth coloured material have meant it is no longer a commonly used material in dentistry.  As the price of the gold alloy varies with market forces and size of crown (tooth dependent) it is not possible to place a price on the website, however as a rough estimate will be circa £600??