When a tooth has significant decay or damage that cannot be repaired with a filling, dental crowns are the most commonly used option for restoration. Getting a dental crown involves removing the damaged or decayed parts of the tooth, designing and fabricating a custom-made crown, and then bonding this crown to the prepared tooth. There are a number of variables in determining the cost of a crown; here’s what you should know.
Cost of Dental Crowns
The cost of a dental crown can range anywhere from $800 to $1300, depending on a variety of factors, including the tooth being treated, the extent of preparation needed, and the material you choose for your crown.
These days, most patients want a crown that will restore their tooth's function, strength, and appearance. This means that instead of choosing metal or gold alloy crowns, people are more likely to choose crowns made with aesthetic, tooth-colored materials like ceramic or porcelain fused to metal. Dr. Liao designs crowns that blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile; these designs are then fabricated by skilled dental technicians who combine artistry with exacting attention to detail for a restoration that looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth.
Types of Dental Crowns
Ceramic crowns are one of the most popular dental crown options since they have a beautiful, natural appearance and are made without metal, making them suitable for patients with metal allergies or sensitivities. Because they look so realistic, ceramic crowns are commonly recommended for teeth that show when you speak or smile. Depending on your needs, a ceramic crown could cost anywhere from $1100 to $1300.
An alternative to a ceramic crown is a porcelain fused to metal crown, which is made with a metal base for added durability. These restorations are also less expensive than ceramic crowns, ranging from $800 to $1100 per tooth, depending on which tooth is being restored.
Patients who aren't concerned about the appearance of their restoration or who have oral habits like teeth grinding and jaw clenching that could damage a porcelain or ceramic crown may benefit from a gold or metal alloy crown. Because of their exceptional strength and durability, these crowns are ideal for molars. Metal crowns may also be recommended when there is insufficient tooth structure to place a ceramic or porcelain fused to metal crown.
When you come in for a consultation, Dr. Liao will help you choose the right type of crown for your dental needs and preferences.
Paying for Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are a medically necessary procedure used to protect and strengthen compromised teeth. As a result, most dental insurance policies will cover at least a portion of your expenses. You can use HSA or FSA funds to pay for any out-of-pocket costs.
CareCredit is another option for financing your dental crown. CareCredit offers financing with low minimum monthly payments and no interest to qualifying patients, making the dental care you need more affordable.