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How Much Does a Dental Crown Cost?

 
low costPorcelain-fused-to-metal: $500-$1,500+average costMetal: $600-$2,500+high costAll-porcelain: $800-$3,000+
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Also called a cap, a dental crown is a tooth-shaped outer shell that is cemented onto a single tooth. Crowns are typically used to restore the shape, size and/or appearance of a misshapen, discolored or broken tooth; to strengthen a weak tooth; or to cover root canals, implants or the teeth that anchor either end of a dental bridge. Crowns can be made from porcelain (a dental ceramic), metal or a combination called porcelain-fused-to-metal.

Typical costs:

  • The cost of a dental crown depends on the materials used; the size, location and condition of the tooth; local rates; and the dentist's training and experience. Dental insurance might cover about 50% of the cost if the crown is needed for medical reasons, but dental crowns are typically not covered if they are considered cosmetic, and many dental plans have a maximum annual coverage limit of $1,000-$1,500.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can cost $500-$1,500 or more per tooth. For example, CostHelper readers without insurance coverage report paying $875-$1,400 for porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, at an average cost of $1,093. CostHelper readers with insurance report out-of-pocket expenses of $282-$1,000, with an average payment of $618.
  • Metal crowns of gold alloy (called high noble metal) or of base metal alloys (non-noble) can cost $600-$2,500 or more per tooth. CostHelper readers without insurance report paying $830-$2,465 for a metal crown, at an average cost of $1,353. CostHelper readers with insurance report out-of-pocket expenses of $519-$1,140, for an average payment of $882.
  • All-porcelain crowns require a higher level of skill and take more time to install than metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, and can cost $800-$3,000 or more per tooth. CostHelper readers without insurance report paying $860-$3,000, at an average cost of $1,430. CostHelper readers with insurance report out-of-pocket expenses of $530-$1,875, for an average payment of $953.
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What should be included:
  • A crown typically requires two office visits. After numbing the tooth and nearby gums the dentist files down the tooth to make room for the crown. If a large area of tooth is missing, filling material is used to build up the tooth so it can support the crown. After an impression is made of the patient's mouth, a temporary filling (typically made of acrylic) is placed on the tooth. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory to create a permanent crown, which generally takes two to three weeks. At the second appointment, the dentist removes the temporary and cements the permanent crown in place. The Washington Post provides an illustrated overview[1] , while WebMD offers a detailed description[2] plus a before-and-after photo[3] of a dental crown (slide number 4).
  • The dentist chooses the best material for a crown depending on the type, location and condition of the tooth. Metal crowns are typically used on out-of-sight back molars; all-porcelain crowns are typically placed on front teeth; and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns can be used on front or back teeth. The American Dental Association provides a comparison chart[4] of dental crown materials.
  • Dental crowns last an average of 5-15 years, depending on the amount of wear and tear, the quality of oral hygiene practiced and personal habits such as chewing ice or clenching the teeth, or chewing ice, according to WebMD[5] . A crown may need to be replaced several times during the patient's lifetime.
Additional costs:
  • There may be separate charges for an initial exam ($20-$100 or more) and dental X-rays ($10-$250).
  • If the tooth has extensive decay, become infected or been injured, a root canal ($300-$1,500 for a front tooth, $500-$2,000 for a molar) might be needed before the crown can be installed.
  • If a large area of tooth is missing because of decay or damage, there may be an additional charge of $150-$250 or more to build up the tooth (although some dentists include this cost in their quoted price for a crown).
Discounts:
  • Dental school clinics[6] may offer reduced rates for services by supervised students or faculty.
  • The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research provides tips for finding low-cost dental care[7] .
Shopping for a dental crown:
  • WedMD lists things to consider when choosing a dentist[8] .
  • If the patient has dental insurance, the insurance company will provide a list of approved dentists. Or get referrals to local dentists from the American Dental Association[9] or the Amcerican Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry[10] .
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
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Toothache/cracked tooth/root canal/crown
Amount: $2,475.00
Posted by: Paul R in Mission Viejo, CA.Posted: June 25th, 2015 11:06AM
Which Tooth: 30Type of Crown: full porcelain (cerac)
Insurance (cigna) billed $1622, I paid $853. First visit for consultation/fix pain was $267 incl oral exam and x-rays and open-medicate. Second visit to endodetist for root canal was $1068 which I paid $189. Third visit to orig dentist for build up and crown install was $1111 which i paid $648.
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Canine Crown
Amount: $948.00
Posted by: S. Copeland in Beaver Falls, PA.Posted: June 10th, 2015 08:06AM
Which Tooth: Top front canineType of Crown: Porcelain
Totally worth the money - this was out-of-pocket since I don't have insurance. Wish I'd known about the no-insurance plan before hand, would've saved 20%, but compared to other prices, I was satisfied.
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From fillings to crowns
Amount: $2,540.00
Posted by: laurenkelley15 in Portsmouth, VA.Posted: June 5th, 2015 04:06PM
Which Tooth: #30,31,3Type of Crown: Porcelain
Originally went in for old composites to get redone for the right side of my mouth, he nearly drilled all the way down to my nerve on teeth 30-31. He said there was decay and it was deeper than he anticipated, so he said I needed crowns. I was left in a complicated situation since he had already drilled these big holes in my teeth so I felt pressured to get them. After he put my temporary crowns in, he said "I hope your teeth don't get sensitive, cause then we'd need to do a root canal since it is fairly close to your nerve." I honestly feel duped. I was not intending on paying over $300 on my visit since that was my original treatment plan for 5 resin composites w insurance. Cost was: $1825/2 porcelain crowns, $480/2 core build ups, $210/composite. Out of pocket I paid $830 w insurance & the left side of my mouth hasn't been touched yet. Sat in my chair from 10 am-4pm & had about 6-8 shots of lidocaine during procedure.
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Northern IL/Southern WI out of pocket HUGE dental tooth fix
Amount: $3,387.00
Posted by: $$$$dump in Kenosha & Northbrook, Other.Posted: June 4th, 2015 09:06AM
Which Tooth: #15 molarType of Crown: resin
My son does not have dental insurance and from what I read here, it doesn't really matter.
His tooth was bothering him so a WI dentist filled the tooth for $627 then disappeared while my son was agonizing in pain over a 4 day weekend. No response when called for help with pain. NO RETURN CALL! He must be a sadist.
Of course, had to find an endodontist to get the root canal-that was in Northbrook, IL and cost $1400. Now on to the crown. Found a coupon deal at a different place. Still not done with this one tooth fix and already over $2k out of pocket not to mention the time dump.
What I want to know is, how does the average joe come up with this kind of CASH? Most places offering this kind of expensive anything usually offer a loan or some alternative to paying for such a huge expense.
What an incredible racket these extortionists have going. Screwed if you do, screwed if you don't.
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upcharging by dentist
Amount: $1,500.00
Posted by: Doc 99.99 in Celina, TX.Posted: May 27th, 2015 04:05AM
Which Tooth: side toothType of Crown: porc
Dentist have become obnoxious with UPCHARGING. Often I feel I'm at an oil change business with all of the inventive up charging they do.
Case in point. an examine for $100. Consultation 100.00. Shouldn't these two be the same? Another fabricated charge- pictures $100.00? Then the charge to look at the x-ray's? Up charging!! The Mint to clean your teeth instead of cherry is 25.00. Ridiculous. Welcome to Minute Grease and Lube store.
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WOW: Dental Insurance is worthless!
Amount: $1,497.00
Posted by: Billie in Monterey, CA.Posted: April 29th, 2015 05:04PM
Which Tooth: 18Type of Crown: Porcelain fused to high noble metal
I had an old cracked crown that needed to be replaced. My HealthNet dental insurance paid $198 of $1,497 ($50 deductible and $248 allowed). Even with insurance, my out of pocket was $1,299.
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Two top front teeth cracked half off during fall
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: patricia Dodge in Vancouver, WA.Posted: April 20th, 2015 04:04PM
Which Tooth: Two top frontType of Crown: I didn't know there are different types.
I fell on blacktop Friday..Teeth hurt..Dentist today Monday after fall..said two crowns in top front five hundred cash per tooth.no payments allowed..I cried..my insurance doesnt cover crowns..which surprised me since I'm hurt..not just for looks..I don't know how long it will take me to get that kind of money together :( very very sad April 2015
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porcelain crown
Amount: $1,800.00
Posted by: uli garces in valencia, CA.Posted: April 16th, 2015 12:04PM
Which Tooth: lower molarType of Crown: lava
dentist itemized fee:
lab fee $250
materials and equipment: $250
consultation: $100
exam: $100
pictures: $100
labor: 250/hr (includes cost of rent, utilities, license, insurance and education).
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Crown replacement
Amount: $700.00
Posted by: Flatiron in Ozark, AL.Posted: April 13th, 2015 04:04PM
Which Tooth: 14Type of Crown: porcelain
Year is supposed to be 2015.
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continued
Amount: $4,900.00
Posted by: just solo in phx, AZ.Posted: March 21st, 2015 07:03PM
Which Tooth: top front 4,bottom front 6Type of Crown: porcelain/emax
Mouth was so tired from being open 6 hours I could barely bite down for my impressions for moldings. After all that I had temporary crowns? I had to go back the week after. So this was a trip I had to travel back and forth. My returning day I wasn't even in the office for half hour and I was done.but let me not forget to mention I also had a missing tooth on bottom. So 4 porcelain on top,6 emax on bottom and SUPPOSENLY emax was more expensive because it holds stronger,replaced a missing tooth and 2 root canals for$4,900. But sad to say bout 2-3 months ago my top front chipped and Monday March16 my crown popped off😞
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dental crowns,root canals,etc
Amount: $4,900.00
Posted by: just solo in phx, AZ.Posted: March 21st, 2015 07:03PM
Which Tooth: top front 4,bottom front 6Type of Crown: porcelain/emax
My story is quite interesting. In March 2014 I went out of my way to Algodones,Baja California. Had to get passport which cost me $65.00. Didn't have to wait to receive it in mail,I was able to use my receipt as proof of passport. Left on a Saturday early morning,5 a.m. and arrived exactly 7 a.m. as soon as we entered I had an appointment to Alberta dentist. After exam,no xrays, I was told all my teeth were cracked, didn't need dentures nor did I want them. I also had a tooth missing on the bottom and one about to come out. Overall I was looking at 13,000. So my price kept on going down to where I felt comfortable. With the procedures I had done that same morning,$2,900 I put down,I was in surgery all morning till about 1:00 p.m. I had 2 root canals done,top and bottom, couldn't tell you how many shots I got. I'm going to say 10-14. Any little pain I felt I tugged on the dentist and they would shoot me up. After root canals,I had to do moldings. My mouth was so tired from being open .
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$300 lab fees?
Amount: $1,153.00
Posted by: FRUGAL in LAFAYETTE, LA.Posted: March 2nd, 2015 02:03AM
Which Tooth: #11Type of Crown: Porcelain /base metal
$93 Buildup
$272 Root Canal
$428 Crown
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Dental Crowns
Amount: $1,746.00
Posted by: Msn27@nau.edu in Glendale, AZ.Posted: February 25th, 2015 04:02PM
Which Tooth: 18, 19Type of Crown: Porcelain
The crowns cost me $1746 out of pocket for two. (Maxed out benefits for wisdom teeth extractions).
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Dental Crown
Amount: $874.00
Posted by: Mom in MD in Ellicott City, MD.Posted: February 13th, 2015 12:02PM
Which Tooth: MolarType of Crown: Full Porcelain/Ceramic
Cost to remove my filling and install full porcelain crown. My insurance will pay 50% of it. I'm paying for this in **2015**, the pull down menu only goes to 2014.
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dental crown
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: roxanne3 in Utica, NY.Posted: February 3rd, 2015 09:02AM
Which Tooth: 6-11Type of Crown: porcelain vs resin
my dentist is proposing porcelain crowns for my 15 y/o daughter. tooth #6-11. pre-estimate cost is $7400. Resin pre-estimate cost is $4300. I understand the advantage and disadvantages between the 2 materials. what is the longevity of the resin vs procelain? would you be able to give me an unbiased opinion?
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Root Canal and Crown
Amount: $1,076.00
Posted by: kmanderson in Nashville, TN.Posted: January 27th, 2015 10:01AM
Which Tooth: #4Type of Crown: All Porcelain
In the whole scheme of things the root canal and build up for the crown are not that expensive ($84 and $142 respectively). It's the darn porcelain crown that costs - $1400. That's just ridiculous! I do have insurance and my part of the crown is still $850. Really people? I believe dentists are making a killing on these crowns.
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Dental crowns
Amount: $1,200.00
Posted by: Karen J in Bourne, MA.Posted: January 22nd, 2015 01:01AM
Which Tooth: 2front teethType of Crown: Porcelain
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crown
Amount: $1,250.00
Posted by: Malvern Drewa in Jacksonville, FL.Posted: January 5th, 2015 03:01PM
Which Tooth: canineType of Crown: porcelain
I am self pay and I would like to know how much I should have paid.
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dental crown
Amount: $1,200.00
Posted by: tom46 in detroit, MI.Posted: December 2nd, 2014 08:12AM
Which Tooth: #8Type of Crown: all porcelain
Beware of bargains in hand grenades, parachutes and dental work. I am happy with my new crown and the doctor did a good job. His office is like running an ER in a hospital. Staff, utilities, rent and expensive equipment. And, 8 years of college. I am satisfied.
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crowns
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: frustrated and confused in charlotte, NC.Posted: October 24th, 2014 09:10AM
Which Tooth: 11,19,20,24,25,26,28,29,30Type of Crown: porcelain
total cost around 8,000.00 What do you chose? fix your teeth or pay your bills and eat. Cost of dental care way out of control. What are senior citizens to do? Dentists need to get a grip on reality!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Lava Crowns
Amount: $990.00
Posted by: Digger in santa ana, CO.Posted: October 7th, 2014 04:10PM
Which Tooth: upper right molarType of Crown: Lava
I went to dentist to get tooth fixed ended up having one root canal redone and two new ones done. Insurance covered all but 325.00. I went back for the crown prep and was advise by dentist that a Lava crown would be required on both the doctor quoted $375.00 after I approved I was shocked to get a statement for 1471.00 $425.00 for each crown $195.00 for a post 200.00 for medication 855.00 for root canal redo. What's bad is I had one done in the from a year ago the total cost was $325.00 My brother in law is a dental lab tech and told me the lava crown normally cost the dentist around 195.00 to 200.00 and cost him only about 96.00 in materials and time to make. What a racket $1676.00 for 2 hours labor. I thought Morticians were rip offs but dentists are right up there on the list. I will probably switch dentists when my open enrollment comes around.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/graphic/2009/06/22/GR2009062201670.html?sid=ST200...
  2.  www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-crowns?page=2
  3.  www.webmd.com/oral-health/ss/slideshow-cosmetic-dentistry
  4.  ada.org/3416.aspx
  5.  www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-crowns?page=3
  6.  www.ada.org/267.aspx
  7.  www.nidcr.nih.gov/oralhealth/popularpublications/findinglowcostdentalcare/
  8.  www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/finding-dentist
  9.  www.mouthhealthy.org/en/find-a-dentist.aspx
  10.  www.aacd.com/index.php?module=aacd.websiteforms&cmd=memberreferral
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