How Much Do Dental Crowns Cost?

You’re happily noshing on your favorite crunchy snack when—crack! Something unexpected happens, and now your tooth hurts.

Sometimes a weak tooth that has been worn down over time will crack or break, causing pain and leaving you open to infection. Or, your dentist might discover a weak tooth that they want to protect before further damage occurs.

In these situations, your dentist will likely suggest getting a dental crown. But what is this procedure, and how much does a dental crown cost?

What Is A Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a cap on your tooth that strengthens it and helps to improve its appearance. The crown is cemented into place on your tooth and becomes the visible part of your tooth above the gum line.

There are situations when a dental crown is a better decision for your oral health than a filling. You might need a dental crown if you have:

  • A weak tooth
  • A cracked or broken tooth
  • A tooth with a large filling that needs protected

What is the Dental Crown Procedure?

Getting a dental crown involves two visits to the dentist. On your first visit, your dentist will examine the tooth. Depending on the issues, they may need to sand down the tooth or build it up before installing the crown. They will then make an impression of the tooth so that the crown can be manufactured. You will receive a temporary crown as you wait for the permanent one to arrive.

On the second visit, the dentist will provide a local anesthetic, remove the temporary crown, and cement the new crown into place.

Types Of Dental Crowns and Average Price

If your dentist suggests that you should get a dental crown, there are many options from which to choose. Crowns can be made of stainless steel, other metals, porcelain, resin, or ceramic. Choosing a crown is based on which tooth needs the dental crown and aesthetically how you want the finished crown to look.

  • Ceramic or porcelain provides a more natural color that closely matches your tooth. It’s a good option for any tooth.
  • Metals are a long-lasting, strong material, but they do not look natural. This material is best for out-of-sight molars.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal provides the strength of metal and the natural look of porcelain. Be aware, though, that the porcelain can chip off or the metal can show through. Overall, this is a good option for any tooth.

On average, a dental crown can cost between $1,000 to $3,500, depending on the material. Porcelain crowns sit at the high end of that estimate, while resin crowns are at the low end.

Does Insurance Cover Dental Crowns?

Typically, insurance will cover (a portion of) a dental crown, but it depends on the reason for getting the procedure.

Most insurance plans will cover dental crowns if they are required for preventative care. Insurance likely will not cover the cost if it is for aesthetic reasons.

Check with your insurance provider to determine if the crown is covered. Also ask if it is covered at 100% or if you have a coverage limit. If you do not have insurance or your insurance will not cover the procedure, ask your dentist if they will work with you on a payment plan.

Scheduling Your Dental Crown

Regardless of your budget or insurance policy, your oral health is important. If your dentist suggests a crown, work with them to get it done. A crown can protect a damaged or weak tooth from further deterioration.

Contact us at Tosto DDS to discuss your dental crown options today.