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?
Doctor Answers 22
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
Price range of crowns
There are many different crowns on the market from porcelain fused to metal, all porcelain, gold crowns. They all cost a little different due to the material and lab costs incurred with each crown. The price range can be from $1000 to $1500 per crown.
Price of a crown
The price of a crown depends on many factors. Typically they range from $600-$2500. That is a wide range but location, material, dental lab and the doctors’ experience can affect the price. If you are paying out of pocket, a dental office will usually consider discounts-especially if they take a lot of insurances.
$ PFM -porcelain fused to metal crown-these crowns are made of metal with a porcelain ‘coating’. They are cheaper to make but strong. The downside is that the metal base can show at the gum line.
$$ All porcelain crowns-these crowns are nicer and great for cosmetic treatment. They are also metal free but can be weak. Best suited for front of the mouth.
$$$ Zirconia /e-max/lava- these crowns are strong like metal but made of one material that is tooth colored.
$$$$ Gold-gold is the best or material to use but really only for molars. Gold can also be used as the base of a crown, with porcelain over it.
Some dentists do not even give options and will only consider doing one type of crown or using a certain lab. At the end of the day, you get what you pay for. You can have a crown made of diamonds but an inexperienced dentist placing it can lead to it needed to be replaced. Technical skill of the dentist and from the dental lab is key to the price. Dentists who are experienced and skilled know the value in the crown they are providing the patient and will charge accordingly. A wool sweater sold at Nordstrom is more expensive than a wool sweater sold at Old Navy. Quality is key.
A crown from a Beverly Hills, NYC, Santa Monica dentist will cost more than less affluent areas.
If you are paying over $1200 for a crown out of pocket you should consider getting a guarantee in writing that the dentist will replace the crown for free within the first year or two. After that, if something wrong with the crown is detected, it is reasonable for the patient to at least cover the lab cost to replace it. After 5 years, most insurance will cover a replacement. If not, you should be able to negotiate a fair amount with your dentist. Dentists are usually happy to redo or replace faulty work. Sometimes cement gets loose, or the porcelain chips…there are many reasons crowns need to be replaced. Communication is essential.
You might also like...
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!
It depends on what top of crown
Cost of a crown
Porcelain Crowns in Mexico
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.
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.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.