How Much Does a Dental Crown Cost?

What's the normal price range for dental crowns, when you have to pay out of pocket and have no dental insurance?

Doctor Answers 19

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
Delhi, India

India Dentist
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

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...

It depends on the material used

On average a crown will cost around $1000 canadian dollars in our practice. Some materials will be more expensive than others but thats a fair ball park number.

Its important to note that while crowns are expensive, and the affordability factor is real and important for many of our patients, you still are making one of the best investments you could in your oral health. Very few cosmetic procedures or even consumer items come with a 5 year warranty and an average lifespan of 15-20 years!

We always advise our patients to consider the quality and craftsmanship of the materials and the experience level of the clinican before looking to save a few hundred dollars.

The cost of re-doing a crown, needing a root canal, or losing the tooth due to a less than ideal crown can be far more expensive!

Hisham Kaloti, DDS
Mississauga Dentist
4.8 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

It depends on what top of crown

There are multiple types of crowns.  And based on the type of crown and the area you live in can also contribute to the price.  On average Crowns can run anywhere from $750-$1500 US dollars.  You also have the option of taking out a discount dental plan which are very inexpensive and can significantly help with lowering the costs.

Carolina Steier, DMD
Boca Raton Dentist
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

Cost of a crown

As a general rule (with some exceptions), full crowns will range from $750- $1500.  There are a variety of factors that affect the fee including whether there is an overiding insurance fee schedule, the materials used to make the crown, the experience and skill level of the dentist, the cost of living in the area of the dental office, and the quality of the dental lab that fabricates the crown.  

Porcelain Crowns in Mexico

Hello, in Mexico you can expect to pay $450 US per porcelain crown. We do not produce any material therefor all materials are imported from the USA, Japan, Belguium. etc. We use the finest labs as well, you should check option for dental tourism. I hope this helps.

How Much Do Crowns Cost?

The question "How much do crowns cost?" is between "How much does a car cost?" and "How much does brain surgery 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. 

Daniel B. Strader, DDS
Dallas Dentist
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

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.

Norman Huefner, DDS
Laguna Niguel Dentist

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.

Andrew E. Rudnick, DMD
West Palm Beach Dentist


The average cost in the bay area is around $800-1400 depending upon type and material of the crown.

Anagha Joshi, DDS
Bay Area Dentist

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