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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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Crown
Amount: $1,250.00
Posted by: Dphotos in Encino, CA.Posted: February 12th, 2018 01:02AM
Which Tooth: Upper Rear MolarType of Crown: Porcelain
This is what my dentist charges. This usually takes 3 visits. When you first see the dentist and get an X-ray, it is a consultation visit. The time to do the first part of the crown takes about two hours so that is why the dentist does not do the work when you first see them unless they are not a busy dentist. Usually the good dentists are busy. You have to schedule the two days it takes to get the work done. The first part entails numbing you up, preparing the tooth, taking the mold for the crown and placing the temp crown. It takes 1-2 weeks for the dentist to get the crown back from the lab and the last appointment entails, numbing the tooth, cementing and adjusting of the permanent crown. That takes about an hour.
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crowns
Amount: $1,295.00
Posted by: Lily B in Warner, NH.Posted: December 1st, 2017 05:12AM
Which Tooth: back upperType of Crown: porc.
I am so tired and disgusted at the price of dental work. I have no insurance, never have, and I am self employed. I am looking at replacing 2 crowns due to cavities beneath them. I also need a root canal and crown on another tooth, but am opting to have it extracted because of the cost. This situation is very stressful. When you see people with lots of missing teeth, I understand why. Something needs to be done to help low income people keep their teeth.
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denture
Amount: $900.00
Posted by: JHC in CHICAGO, IL.Posted: October 10th, 2017 07:10AM
Which Tooth: right sideType of Crown:
no teeth on rt side rear top need to replace
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Dental Crown
Amount: $800.00
Posted by: Squirrely in Mansfield, OH.Posted: October 7th, 2017 05:10AM
Which Tooth: Lower molarType of Crown: Porcelain
$800 out of pocket for a wonderful dentist. I have no dental insurance . . never have had it. I am going to do two more crowns in the coming weeks. I have always had a horrible fear of dentists, but this one is different . . . and fully dedicated to helping people!
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Root canal post and crown
Amount: $685.00
Posted by: S.c. boy in Progresso mexice, SC.Posted: August 17th, 2017 04:08PM
Which Tooth: Type of Crown: Porcelin
Flew from s.c. to texas. Went across border near McAllen to Progresso
mexico. Use Dr portillo. Have used him for past 5 years. Outstanding work,
clean facility and great pricr
Flew to texas and still saved over $1000 from what it would cost in s.c
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Replacing crowns
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Hudson in Tampa, FL.Posted: June 29th, 2017 12:06PM
Which Tooth: 7 teethType of Crown:
Three months ago I was asked to commit to a bill of $6900 for replace 5 crowns. Today it was up to $9700 for 7 crowns. Nothing hurts in my mouth. Think I need a new dentist. (Also tried to move my appt up an hour after I confirmed yesterday and X-rays from 3 months ago 'disappeared'/ )
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Various dental work done
Amount: $9,000.00
Posted by: Luvtoshop59 in Berlin, CT.Posted: April 27th, 2017 06:04AM
Which Tooth: VariousType of Crown: Porcelain /composite
Admitted not being to a dentist in probably 10 years. I absolutely loathe them. Finally after starting to have some dental problems,I researched many dentists in area found one nearby in same town,state of the art place,5 star rating among 50+interviewed. So I bit the bullet,lol,and made the dreaded,appointment! 4 hours first visit. Made it known I did not want to anything more than necessary so I can eat comfortable. I am 73 years old and not making a long term investment in my mouth.
Next appt. 3 hours....bear in mind I had only seen the dentist now about 3/4 of an hour during thsee visits. The rest of the time was with staff. Upon asking staff about schooling and such found out no schooling. Trained by dentist to put make and put in temporary teeth and cleaning,adjustments,etc. This kind of did not sit well with me. So after all is said and done I walked out if there with a 9000.00 bill!charged to Wells Fargo!Yipee!
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root canal and crown
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Retired in Oregon in Cornelius, OR.Posted: April 26th, 2017 04:04PM
Which Tooth: Top MolarsType of Crown: ????
Has anyone used the cheaper crown? How much was it??? and was it good???
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Dental insurance
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Kimmy in Anywhere, MN.Posted: April 17th, 2017 07:04PM
Which Tooth: 0Type of Crown: 0
Why don't we spend more in premiums for delta dental or other dental programs? Who can afford dental work. No wonder my teeth are going to hell.
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Dental Crown
Amount: $447.00
Posted by: Krsmarie in Spring Hill, TN.Posted: February 20th, 2017 03:02PM
Which Tooth: 31Type of Crown: Full porcelain.
Just got done today. They removed old filling. Was able to use a computer system to make filling and place on in less that two hours. I have Delta Dental. Insurance paid 50% after $50 deductible. Total cost was $887, but I paid $447. Insurance paid $397. I pay $23.22 every two weeks for me and 3 kids.
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Filling vs Crown
Amount: $75.20
Posted by: Jimmy Taz in Columbia, MD.Posted: December 22nd, 2016 01:12PM
Which Tooth: 4Type of Crown: Porcelain
Came into to the dentist office with severe pain on upper molar. I knew I had a cavity and thought I'd get a filling. Dentist said he was going to do a crown. Cost was going to be $1264 with my insurance (Cigna) paying 50%. After I questioned why it was so expensive, dentist told me about an option to do a filling which is an intermediate step to getting a crown. Filling cost $75. Lesson - always good to ask what other options you have to make sure you are not paying more than you need to.
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Crown
Amount: $495.00
Posted by: Craig R in New London, CT.Posted: December 5th, 2016 12:12PM
Which Tooth: 15Type of Crown: Porcelian
Insurance's covered half
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dental crown
Amount: $872.00
Posted by: carla123 in garland, TX.Posted: October 10th, 2016 06:10AM
Which Tooth: upper pre-molarType of Crown: porcelain fused to metal
used Ameriplan dentist. Cost included lab fees, no root canal.
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Dental Crown
Amount: $1,340.00
Posted by: jloredo08 in Pearland, TX.Posted: October 3rd, 2016 06:10PM
Which Tooth: rear molarType of Crown: porcelin
Had a crown put in in 2013 over a lower right tooth w a dentist in Missouri City,TX.Some dental offices had outrageous quotes of $1,800 per crown.
I ended up paying $1,340 out of pocket. The crown has held up well. A buckle and filling fell out 2 wks ago and had a Pearland,TX try and save my tooth today by placing a crown in. Another $1,340!
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Build-up and Dental Crown
Amount: $1,034.00
Posted by: sarah1986 in 45223, OH.Posted: September 27th, 2016 10:09PM
Which Tooth: 30Type of Crown: composite
After years of not going to the dentist, I was terrified and booked an appointment at, what seemed, the fanciest and most advanced place in town. So I was terrified again when the verdict was 2 crowns and many other fillings. Just had my first crown today along with 2 fillings. 3.5 hours in the chair. Except...that's it...I'm done. They have a 3D printer on site, use a small camera to map a 3D image of your tooth, do some manual tweaking, and did a check for fit and bite with the printed tooth before sending it to be "baked"/cured. The crown and build up cost $1034. My insurance paid about half and I used my HSA for the rest. Insurance through my husband but as I'm self-employed, getting those hours from multiple appts back means I can run my business more consistently. I'd definitely recommend this new tech-y method to anyone. The drilling process was no worse than a cavity and the impression/application was painless...just a bit of waiting.
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Dental Crown West Roxbury, MA
Amount: $1,375.00
Posted by: Miss Sally in West Roxbury, MA.Posted: August 23rd, 2016 03:08PM
Which Tooth: lower right molarType of Crown: porcelain
Had to sand down a molar that had a slight crack, went down to 2 cm? so the remaining tooth is a nubbin. Crown was $1375 but my dentist is out of network so my cost was $687.50. Now there is a fistula at the gum line and I think I need an extraction so the whole expense was for nothing :(
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Pro-Bono or Dentists with prices for Low Income (Need to replace 2 Front teeth Crowns
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Helen Murphy in Malabar, FL.Posted: August 4th, 2016 07:08PM
Which Tooth: 2 upper front teethType of Crown: porcelian
I am Embarrassed by Our Dentists. They are so self centered and think they are above Volunteering their time!!!There are only a few doctors that will "let themselves give a few hours of their valuable time." Dr. Dena Grayson volunteers her Medical Experience to low income families. And suggests that I call dentists in local area, I did, but guess what, NOT ONE Single Dentist has responded. Big Surprise, huh? If anyone reads this and knows of a SPECIAL DENTIST, to do 2 crowns and extract 1 tooth, back/upper.
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Replacing Chipped crown
Amount: $1,250.00
Posted by: Rob D. in West Seneca, NY.Posted: July 6th, 2016 11:07AM
Which Tooth: 14Type of Crown: porcelain
Had an existing crown crack this weekend on a tooth that had a previous root canal.Cost to remove the damaged crown and replace with new is $1250.00 out of pocket. Insurance is useless and covers nothing since I've already had a crown installed in the last 5 years.
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A crown and root canal
Amount: $2,700.00
Posted by: Obsurd in Bonita Springs, FL.Posted: June 7th, 2016 05:06AM
Which Tooth: 6Type of Crown:
1350 for root canal and $1350 for crown and wanted paid in FULL up front! Outrageous but of course I was in pain so will pay anything So they get you when your vulnerable!!! Dentists need to be regulated How can range be 600 to 1500 for crown and same for root canal! No dentist is worth 1500 for an hour work! This is outrageous!
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Dental crown
Amount: $5,900.00
Posted by: Tundike in Dallas, TX.Posted: May 27th, 2016 06:05PM
Which Tooth: All upper 12 teethType of Crown: Porcelain
Painless and total price was 20000$ with insurance I payed 5900$ out of pocket for 12 porcelain teeth . Very pleased with price and Atnae dental plan.
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Crown
Amount: $777.00
Posted by: Flatiron in Ozark, AL.Posted: April 14th, 2016 12:04PM
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Cerec Crown
Amount: $1,145.00
Posted by: Beelady in Eugene, OR.Posted: March 19th, 2016 12:03AM
Which Tooth: Upper right back molarType of Crown: Cerec
Looks like I got a pretty good deal for one crown. It was discounted through Cigna Dental Plan that I purchased. Included build up and crown. Crown is all porcelain, one day appointment. Crown was made in office. So far so good!
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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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