What's the normal price range for dental crowns, when you have to pay out of pocket and have no dental insurance?
How Much Does a Dental Crown Cost?
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Many factors involved in fees
There could be MANY different answers. Fees vary based on care, skill and judgement of the Dr, geography (Manhattan fees will be different than Memphis), insurance participation, facility amenities, etc... Some offices use labs in china so the costs are lower (with unpredictable quality). Some offices offer cash discounts if paid in full prior to beginning treatment.
Suffice to say, you CAN find fees ranging from $400 to $2000 per crown. It would be up to you in what you want, as you usually get what you pay for. Quite often the lower fee office is lower for a reason, and the experience may not be what you desire. Higher fees do not ALWAYS mean better, but often does...
Porcelain Crowns in Mexico
Dental Crown Cost
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How Much Do Crowns Cost?
First of all, like cars all crowns are not the same. PFM's, porcelain fused to metal, are generally weaker and less natural looking than all ceramic crowns. The metal is usually nickel which can cause inflammation. Porcelain is made of aluminum oxide and chips easily. E.max crowns are made of dilithium silicate and is much harder as well as more natural looking. Zirconium oxide crowns are the strongest crowns though they are rather opaque and preferred for back teeth.
Secondly, not all dentists or lab techs have the same artistic skills or functional awareness. If the dental office walls are lined with pictures of sailboats instead of smiling satisfied patients, then the dentist may not have smiling satisfied patients.
Cost of Dental Crown
I can only talk about the cost of a dental crown in India. In our practice where a majority of patients do not have dental insurance we charge Rs. 5000 (US $80) for a porcelain fused to metal crown with a five year warranty,
An all ceramic crown, zirconia/emax which comes with a 10 year unconditional replacement warranty is for Rs. 12,000 (US $200). These crowns are fabricated at 3M labs here ( an American company).
Hope this helps
Dr. Prashant Nanda
What's the Price of a Dental Crown?
The short answer is any where between $600 and $2,000, depending on the type of crown, the skill, training and experience of the dentist, in what location the dentist is in. For back teeth where the esthetics isn't a major concern, $900 to $1,500 is an average range. Volume dental clinics and insurance clinics usually charge less, while traditional dentists in a fee for service often are at the higher end. Be cautious "shopping" for your dentistry, as the old adage is as true today as it ever was, "you get what you paid for." The cheapest dentistry is usually cheaper for many reasons. The dentist may be young and inexperienced? He may be using a cheap dental lab. Some are even shipping off their crowns to be made in China. Some dentists do things quickly, while others slower, paying much more attention to your comfort and the detail of their work.
Suggest choosing a dentist whom you trust, that you feel will give you quality, lasting work.
Experience, Cost, Value: Pick Two
Dental crowns can vary greatly by cost depending on the materials of the crown, the experience of the doctor and the materials used. With no dental insurance, the average fee for a poreclain fused to high noble metal crown is $1500.00. Keep in mind gold is expensive these days. There are cheeper materials available, but an edcuated, experienced dentist is unlikely to use the inferior materials. Remember, you get what you pay for! If you want an inexpensive crown, then the cost may me low, but the expreience of the doctor may be limited. Remember, ask if your dentist id sending their crowns to China.
The average cost in the bay area is around $800-1400 depending upon type and material of the crown.
Cost of a dental crown
Dental Crowns can vary tremendously depending on various factors such as the area you live in, the experience of the dental provider and the quality of the materials used. Crowns can be fabricated from all porcelain some of which can be reinforced with a zirconia core (very strong and in some cases guaranteed for over 5 years by the dental lab), porcelain fused to gold, and porcelain to metal. The average cost in Orange County ranges from about $700 to $2000. Another facor to take into consideration is where the lab that fabricates the crowns is located since labs in China or Mexico can be inferior to those used locally.
Be very cautious of crowns at the low end of the price range for your area.
I have seen crown fees from $400 to over $3000 depending on the type of crown and area of the country. Wherever you live, I would be very cautious of crowns at the low end of the price range for your area. Often these are porcelain fused to metal crowns which contain nickel instead of a precious metal such as gold. The issue with nickel is that many people, particularly women, are allergic to it. This increases the chances of problems later on. These types of crowns are also frequently made offshore for a very low cost and with questionable quality.