A dental crown is an artificial covering that is cemented over a tooth in order to restore the tooth’s natural strength and appearance in the mouth. There are due procedures to follow when installing a dental crown. The dentist will need to reshape your tooth that needs to be covered. He then takes an impression of the tooth in order to get the accurate shape and measurement of the tooth. After taking the actual impression, the impression is sent to the lab where it’s used to fabricate a crown that will be placed on your tooth.
Mistakes are unacceptable when it comes to making crowns, it can lake up to a week or less to produce one. With the help of your tooth impression, the crown is carefully crafted to fit just like your other existing natural teeth. In my previous post, I explain more on dental crowning process. You can check the post later to learn more on how dental crowns are installed.
Why you might need dental crown
Dental crowns are widely used in dentistry to improve the way a tooth looks or feels within the mouth. A crown can be used to restore a damaged, broken or decayed tooth. It provides protection and can also strengthens a weakened tooth. Dental crowns may be recommended if your teeth are cracked, chipped or severely damaged due to decay.
In some cases, dental crowns are used to secure artificial teeth as part of a dental bridge. They can also be used to replace missing teeth after dental implants.
Factors that can affect costs of dental crowns
Dental crown is quite expensive, but you might end up paying much if you want the crown only for cosmetic reasons, rather than clinical reasons. Cosmetic dentists charge higher. Other factors that can affect the costs of dental crowns includes:
- Your location: the prices might vary depending on the country where you live.
- The type of crowning material that you want
- The number of teeth to be crowned
- Dental insurance
Dental insurance usually cover some part or full cost of dental treatments including dental crowns. Although, most dental insurance do limit the type or number of dental treatments you can get within a period of time. If you have a dental insurance, you contact the insurance company to get more information on this.
However, there are other additional expenses associated with the treatment. Apart from the cost of the crown itself, you’ll have to pay for other services such as dental canal, dental fillings, dental implants, dental x-ray and oral examination. Most of these procedures are carried out before the crown is fitted on your tooth. Here are the estimated costs of these procedures:
- Dental x-ray – $35 – $80
- Dental examination – $40 – $100
- Dental implants – $1,000- $3000 per tooth
- Root canal: $750- $1,000 per tooth
Costs of dental crowns
There are lots of crowning material available for you to select from. Dental crown can be made with ceramic, resin, porcelain, gold and many more. All these materials have different prices, you can select based on your budget, cosmetic desires or medical need. Having a dental insurance can help you to save partial or full cost of the treatment. However, I will give you a list of estimated costs of these dental crowns without insurance.
- Ceramic crown: ceramic is a popular material that is used in making crowns. Ceramic crowns are specially designed to blend in by matching the color of your existing teeth. Although the crown dose not last much when compared to metallic clowns. It’s a popular choice for patients who are allergic to metal or those who want their crowns to look natural. It has a natural tooth-color that makes it unnoticed in the mouth. Ceramic crowns is estimated to cost about $800 – $3000 per tooth.
- Porcelain-fused to metal: porcelain is very strong and durable, but the porcelain-fused metal is much more stronger. It’s easier to install when compared to ceramic crowns, but it is more stronger due to its metal structure. Although, most patients don’t like porcelain-fused to metal crowns because they are opaque and overly visible. This dental crown is estimated to cost about – $500- $2000 per tooth, the price depends on the type of metal used.
- Gold crowns: the gold crown is quite very pleasing to the eye, but it’s quite very expensive. Unlike most other crowning materials, gold crowns provides stronger bonds to the teeth. It does not fracture or wear down. Gold crown is estimated to cost about $800 to $3700 per crown. But you can get the gold crown at cheaper price if it’s mixed with copper or any other metal.
- All-resin: this crown is usually made with non-metals which are highly resistant to corrosion. They are very affordable and can also be designed in a special way in order to blend with your existing teeth. Just like the ceramic crowns, the all-resin composite crowns are tooth-colored. It’s also a popular choice, but the only problem it has is that it is more prone to fractures and wear. All-resin crowns cost about- $300-$2000 per tooth.
When it comes to durability gold and metallic crowns are the best so far. Porcelain and other non-metallic crown are less expensive, but they are more susceptible to wear out over a short period of time. Apart from the four crowning materials that I mentioned in this article, there are also other available crowning materials such as zirconia, stainless steel and many more.