getting crowns abroad

Poor dental care and bad eating habits may result in a variety of conditions that need dental treatment. Your teeth may decay, loosen, or lose their colour or shape due to excessive teeth grinding, an acidic diet or the presence of plaque.

Your dentist may recommend dental crowns to restore the affected teeth, however dental crown treatment in UK and Ireland can be quite expensive and more and more people are considering travelling abroad for dental crown treatments.

The following article will outline the advantages and disadvantages of getting dental crowns abroad and why Malta should be on the top of your list of possible dental destinations. If you have ever been undecided about dental holidays, this will hopefully give you enough knowledge to make up your mind once and for all.

If you are looking for a dentist Malta or dentist Gozo, you can book a dental appointment online at one of Savina Dental Clinics, or contact us directly on (+356) 2125 7253 (Skyparks Business Centre, Malta International Airport), or (+356) 2155 7323 (Dingli Street, Victoria, Gozo). For international patients, it is recommended to request a free e-consultation where we can discuss your individual case and treatment options.

What Are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown is a prosthetic device used to restore the shape and appearance of a tooth. It is an artificial restoration that covers a decayed or damaged tooth or as the cover of an implant.

Where are dental crowns used?

Dental crowns are necessary when you need to:

  • Cover a dental implant
  • Keep a dental bridge in place
  • Protect a weak tooth or fix a broken tooth
  • Cover a severely discoloured tooth
  • Cover misshaped tooth
  • Cover and support a tooth with a large filling, especially if there is no much tooth left

When are dental crowns not used?

A dental crown cannot be used on a tooth whose root and entire tooth are decayed or weak.

What is a Dental Bridge?

This is a dental device that acts as a replacement for a missing or damaged tooth. It hides the gaps caused by missing teeth and helps improve the overall appearance of your teeth and face.

Related Article: Dental Bridges Vs Implants

Dental Crown Procedure

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Dental crown treatment involves 2 or 3 visits for the following to occur:

  1.  Radiograph of the tooth/teeth to be crowned to assess any possible problems with tooth and root structure, nerve health and for taking impressions for a temporary crown/s.
  2.  Preparation of the tooth/teeth to be crowned, impression taking for permanent crown/s fabrication and fitting of temporary crowns
  3.  Fitting of the permanent crown/s

Usually, the time required for standard porcelain fused to metal or full porcelain crowns is a minimum of 7 days.

Higher quality full porcelain crowns may require up to 2 weeks, whereas Cerec crowns can be done in 1-2 working days.

If several crowns are fitted in one go the patient may wish to come for a final check of the occlusion (bite) a day or 2 later, but this is not an absolute requirement.

When Do You Need Longer Time Between Visits

If extractions are involved, depending on the situation, the dentist sometimes needs to complete up to stage (2) above, without taking impressions as they must wait for gum healing which usually takes around 3-4 weeks.

Only at this stage can impressions be taken and the final fitting of the permanent crowns occurs one week later.

This would involve four appointments in total over a period of 4 to 5 weeks.

Popular Types of Crowns Available


This is one of the cheapest dental crowns. It is also less durable and more prone to cap fractures than other forms of crowns.

Porcelain Crown

This one is highly recommended for the front teeth because it is more natural-looking than all other dental crowns.

Porcelain-fused to Metal

These are some of the strongest dental crowns and only come second to metallic ones. Since they look like normal teeth, they can be used for the front or back teeth.


These crowns are durable and quite easy to install. Their biggest drawback is that their colour does not match that of the teeth. They are made up of metals like silver, gold or palladium. Some are made of base metal alloys like chromium or nickel.


This is one of the best choices for dental crowns with superior aesthetic and functional results. Zirconium is a white translucent material that looks like natural teeth. It is prepared using the latest CAD-CAM technology and is highly recommended in all cases.

Cerec AC crowns

After tooth preparation, the dentist takes a digital impression and then builds the restoration on screen and sends the completed digital build to a milling machine. The Cerec crown is then milled out of a colour-matched ceramic block in under 15 minutes. The dentist can then apply finishing touches by polishing, painting and glazing it, before cementing it on the prepared teeth.

Related Reading: Indicative Pricing List At Savina Dental Clinics

Who Is An Ideal Candidate For A Dental Crown Procedure Abroad?

This treatment is recommendable for people with large cavities, cracked or broken teeth, an improper bite, filling, or teeth that require root canal treatment.

Why Get A Dental Crown Abroad In Malta?

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While travelling abroad may cost you some money, your cash stretches a lot further when you head to locations such as Malta for dental crown treatment.

You will save money

If you do not have coverage or have an inadequate cover, looking for treatment outside of your country may present you with a unique opportunity to not only save money but travel to a different country.

High-quality materials

Like all dental hospitals, dental clinics that deal with dental tourism only work with the best tools and equipment.

Highly qualified and experienced dentists

Malta boasts of highly trained and qualified dentists who have undergone training in some of the most highly esteemed UK and mainland European dental colleges such as The Royal College of Surgeons in England.

Related article: Savina Dental Clinics International Client Reviews

State of the art technology

The dental staff in Malta are highly qualified professionals who use cutting edge technology to offer long-term benefits and guarantees that meet international standards. Their clinics have high-end technological equipment including the use of laser dental treatment, which reduces discomfort and quickens recovery time.

Leading the way with Dental Implantology Techniques

Maltese Dentists, such as Dr Joseph Xuereb, Principal Dental & Implant Surgeon at Savina Clinics – Dental & Implantology Centres (Malta and Gozo) are experts in Dental Implantology along with other complex dental treatments.

Maltese people are by nature bilingual

Maltese speak English just as well as Maltese, which is their native tongue. The majority of Maltese people also speak fluent Italian due to its proximity to Italy.

Daily flights from the UK to Malta

There are a plethora of affordable flight options from the UK to Malta on a daily basis.

Malta is a top tourist destination

Malta is a wonderful place to live in with multiple magical locations, and a myriad of activities to engage in. These include strolling around Mdina at night, sailing in and out of the Grand Harbour, and dining on the moonlit Victoria’s Citadel among others. Its vast colonial history also makes it a popular European holiday destination

Related Reading: Dental Holiday Europe: Top 10 Things To Do in Malta Between Dental Visits

Cons Of Getting Dental Crown Treatment Abroad

There are a few downsides to having your dental crown abroad.

  1. First, be wary of what seems to be a great deal or bargain. Take into consideration other factors like whether your treatment may require several appointments.

At Savina Dental, we offer a free e-consultation service to let you know exactly what treatment is necessary and the number of visits and days required to stay before you book your appointment and travel arrangements to Malta.

  1. If you happen to book a dentist who is unable to understand your language, you might not be in a position to communicate effectively, which can be risky, especially if something goes wrong.

Thankfully at Savina Dental Clinics, our staff are fluent in the following languages: English, Maltese, Italian and German, therefore, ensuring no communication issues.

  1. Not all dental tourism destinations offer affordable flights. Also, the flight may not be available on a daily basis, which may be inconvenient when you need to go back on short notice.

We are happy to say that the availability of low budget airlines like EasyJet and Ryanair make it easy for patients to seek dental treatment in Malta. These flights fly daily to and from Malta. Malta’s very own Air Malta also flies daily between all major European cities.

Have You Tried Our Free e-Consultation Service?

If you are worried about a dental related issue, interested in travelling to Malta for a dental holiday or have questions about any of the treatments we offer, please contact us using our new free e-Consultation service. One of our highly-qualified team will respond to your query as soon as possible. Our e-Consultation service is live 9 am – 6 pm Monday to Friday.

If you would like to schedule an in-person consultation at Savina Dental, please book your appointment using this form.

Savina Clinic – Dental & Implantology Centres are friendly, state-of-the-art practices in Malta and Gozo dedicated to comprehensive quality dental care. Savina Dental is an innovative dental practice in Malta and prides itself on the high-quality customer service, low waiting room times, attention to detail and the advanced dental technology at its disposal.

Joseph Xuereb
Principal Dental Surgeon & Owner of Savina Dental Clinics, Dr Joseph Xuereb BChD (Hons), MFGDP(UK), MGDS RCS(Eng), FFGDP RCS(UK), FICD is a general dental practitioner with a special interest in Implant and Restorative Dentistry. Dr Joseph & the teams' full biographical information can be found here.