NHS Services at Blenheim Dental Practice
We provide a full range of NHS Services to all categories of patients.
- Band 1 – This covers an examination, diagnosis (xrays), advice on how to prevent future problems, a scale and polish if needed, and application of fluoride varnish or sealant.
- Band 2 – This covers everything in a Band 1 above, plus any further treatment such as fillings, root canal treatment and tooth extractions.
- Band 3 – This covers everything listed in Bands 1 and 2 above, plus crowns, dentures and bridges.
- Urgent Course of Treatment – If you require urgent care, even if your urgent treatment needs more than one appointment to complete, you will only need to pay one Band 1 charge. Once your urgent care is complete, if you require other routine dental work the treatment will be charged at Band 1, Band 2 and Band 3 as appropriate.
The Practice is accepting new NHS Patients.
Dental crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth.
Crowns are placed to:
- Improve the appearance of a discoloured tooth or filling.
- Strengthen a tooth following root canal treatment.
- Restore or protect a large restoration from further breakdown.
The dentist will make a crown by removing approximately 1- 2mm from the outer surface of the tooth to leave a strong inner core. The amount of tooth removed will be the same as the thickness of the crown.
Once the tooth is prepared to the correct size, the dentist will take an impression (mould) of the tooth and send it to a dental technician for the fabrication of a crown.
A temporary crown is placed during the period the dentist awaits the return of the crown.
When you and the dentist are happy with the fit and appearance of the crown, the dentist will use a dental cement to ensure the crown is fixed in the correct position. The process of fabricating a new crown takes about two visits and between 1-2 weeks to complete.
Types of Crowns
Porcelain bonded to metal: This is the most common crown and consists of an inner metal base with porcelain applied in layers over the top.
Metal Alloy and Gold Crowns: These crowns are used for its strength and consist of a very hard-wearing material. They are silver or gold in colour and are mostly used for the restoration of back teeth.
- *Porcelain Crowns: The crown is made entirely out of porcelain. It is not as strong as a bonded crown, but they can look very natural and is most often used for front teeth
*All Ceramic Crowns: This is a very modern material and a metal free crown. It has the strength of a bonded crown and the aesthetics of a porcelain crown.
Please note all services marked with a (*) are not provided on the NHS.