At Affordable Dentures & Implants, we specialize in tooth restoration and replacement solutions for all patients. If you have a damaged or decaying tooth, a dental crown can be a great solution to help preserve your smile and restore your confidence without the need for dentures or implants. Investing in a tooth crown can give major returns; when properly maintained, crowns can last as long as fifteen years.
Since crowns can be used in a variety of applications — from a tooth that has chipped significantly to covering implants — their cost can vary accordingly. While you can always call 1-800-DENTURE or your local practice directly for fee information, understanding the general costs associated with crowns can help you walk into your first appointment with your local Affordable Dentures & Implants team feeling confident.
What Cost Factors are Associated with Crowns?
Type of Crown Material
The biggest influencing factor on the line-item cost of your crown(s) is the type of material used in your crown(s). Certain materials, like metals, are generally less expensive than more premium materials like zirconia — but not all materials will work for every single placement in your mouth. Your dentist will work with you to determine the best type of material for your crown based on your needs and budget. Generally, the types of crown materials — running from most to least expensive — are the following:
- PFM crowns (generally, a metal structure with a porcelain cap)
- Silver or gold crowns
- Ceramic crowns
- Porcelain crowns
- Zirconia crowns
- E-max crowns (made from a special, thinner porcelain)
Other Crowns Cost Factors
While material is a major factor, there are others to consider when calculating the total cost of a dental crown. (Or several crowns!) Your individual need for a crown(s) is dependent on what is affecting your tooth or teeth, such as:
- How damaged or decayed your tooth is
- The size of the affected tooth
- Where the affected tooth is in your mouth (an incisor vs a molar, for example)
- If you need a root canal or gum surgery before the crown can be placed
- If you choose a same-day procedure
- The location of the practice you choose to visit
Dental Insurance Coverage
Because dental crowns are a common solution to decaying or damaged teeth, many dental insurance plans include some coverage of dental crowns. (The plans with the most coverage may pay as much as 50% of the total cost, with an in-network dentist.) However, every plan and provider is different and may offer different coverage based on need, material, or procedure. Our team will work with you to help you understand your insurance coverage, as well as our available payment options in the event that an alternate method of payment works best for you. (Fun fact: many of our patients find our out-of-pocket fees are cheaper than their co-pays!)
Are Dental Crowns Worth It?
Dental crowns can bring your smile back in more ways than one! If your tooth is damaged or decayed, replacing it with a crown can help prevent, reduce, or eliminate pain, odor, discomfort, and risk of infection. Beyond the health and wellbeing benefits of a smile in tip-top shape, we think that your long-term confidence and satisfaction is worth every penny. When you choose Affordable Dentures & Implants, you’re choosing a team that’s dedicated to protecting and restoring your smile — inside and out. Contact your local practice today to set up an appointment for your dental crowns.