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How Much Does a Dental Crown Cost?

 
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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 and build up
Amount: $706.00
Posted by: toothyme in cypress, TX.Posted: May 29th, 2014 08:05AM
Which Tooth: 19Type of Crown: metal with porcelain
378 out of pocket with insurance
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Is $1,253 for tooth #6 CEREC Empress crown too much?
Amount: $1,253.00
Posted by: sunbeltsue in Sun City, AZ.Posted: May 27th, 2014 04:05PM
Which Tooth: 6Type of Crown: CEREC Empress
Is this quote too high for #6 crown?
$24 intraoral peri, $218. crown build up & pins, $1,031 porcelain CEREC Empress crown: Total $1,253 Insurance allegedly will pay half.
Dentist is in Sun City, AZ
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2 Crowns
Amount: $3,041.00
Posted by: ABrooke in Texarkana, TX.Posted: May 7th, 2014 08:05PM
Which Tooth: 2 FrontType of Crown: full porcelin
I paid out of pocket to replace my porcelin veneers that I got when I was 15 (result of a childhood injury). These 2 veneers lasted 16 years for me. However one was cracked and the other was turning black at the gumline. They were also too big and crooked. With my replacement I had the following services that totaled upwards of $3000: Dental exam and ex-ray. 2 fillings. Professional home bleaching treatments and of course the two front crowns. My teeth now look awesome. I financed these treatments with CareCredit
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dental care crowns
Amount: $747.00
Posted by: takin frride in norfolk, NE.Posted: April 16th, 2014 06:04PM
Which Tooth: canine n one next to itType of Crown: porcelain
Dental care is so expensive. and they wonder why people have bad teeth..I m going with the 2 crowns. as I always wanted to own 2 jet liners. ... the saving of my teeth is very important but after I heal is like to be able to buy groceries. just where does the money come from?. I ll have to wipe out my savings. but as long as my dentist lives hi off the hog. I guess its worth it. $747 for one crown. my God. help us all. its only getting worse.
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Crown
Amount: $1,623.00
Posted by: ChrisM in Salisbury, NC.Posted: April 15th, 2014 08:04AM
Which Tooth: Number 19Type of Crown: Porcelain
Met life inserence paid 823.00. I paid 802.00. Lim oral evaluation prob focus. 29.00, intraoral-Perialpical-firs 42.00, crown-Porcelain/Ceramic S 600.00, Core build up 152.00 total 1625.00 (purchased April 2014)
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cost of 10 crowns
Amount: $2,000.00
Posted by: MINISTER in NYC, NY.Posted: March 28th, 2014 09:03PM
Which Tooth: top rowType of Crown: porcelean
very expensive as I PAY OUT OF POCKET. CASHED IN SAVINGS BOND TO PAY FOR CROWNS. STARTED PREPARATION INCLUDING 1 ROOT CANAL AND 1 POST. HAS BEEN 3 MONTHS AND I'VE YET TO SEE ONE CROWN.
TEMPORARY TEETH DO NOT HOLD. I NEED SINCERE CONSULTATION PRONTO. NYC HELP.
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Crowns
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: TNTOWN in Nashville, SD.Posted: February 10th, 2014 09:02PM
Which Tooth: Both frontType of Crown: Procelin on metal
After thousands of dollars, my two front crowns are now showing black at the top and one is cracked.
I remember when I got these they said they would last forever, that is until you get in your 60's. All my teeth hurt, it would $4000. Plus to just have my teeth pulled and $1800. For lower and $2400. For upper dentures.
The dentist says no keep your teeth, it's better, but they don't live with the hurt and not to mention very embarrassed dis colored and rotting teeth. There is no help here in the USA, not even with the dental schools. Their prices are close to the same as real dentists in the area around the school. I would almost pay someone $500 the knock the crap out of my mouth. Dental in America it's useless and Dental insurance is worse. They only pay 50% of a crown and max out at $1000.
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Crown
Amount: $1,153.00
Posted by: John Z in Marion, IA.Posted: January 29th, 2014 11:01AM
Which Tooth: MolarType of Crown: metal/proc
this is my dentist's price before insurance i will pay $623.
seems like a good price for good work.
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Out of control
Amount: $4,590.00
Posted by: FrustratedbyDental in New York, NY.Posted: January 7th, 2014 10:01AM
Which Tooth: bottom molar second to backType of Crown: porcelain/ceramic
So I had a wonderful woman do my root canal for $1590. She gave me a 20% discount which I really appretiated. Then my dentist who I loved (but has gotten rather grumpy over the past 2 years) charged me $1800 for the crown and $400 for the buildup. Then I was informed that I had to fill the cavity behind it before installing the crown. They charge by the surface so there is another $800. Wish I just had the tooth pulled for $600. Also to the dentist in the group, we are not saying your work is not valuable. We are saying that your therapy area is pricing itself out of the market. The more you charge to stay afloat the fewer customers you will have. If cleanings, xrays, and fillings weren't so expensive we wouldn't have to wait until we need a root canal.
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crown-pins help for root canal
Amount: $1,665.00
Posted by: shewanda dunn in gretna, LA.Posted: January 6th, 2014 04:01PM
Which Tooth: back tooth#19Type of Crown: from root canal
my name is shewanda dunn need funds for my root canal-a crown-pins total 1,665.00
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Paid for his ski trip
Amount: $1,350.00
Posted by: Harold Sophman in OKC, OK.Posted: January 3rd, 2014 01:01PM
Which Tooth: MolarType of Crown: Something white ??
Removed an old filling. Of course, now I need a crown. The tooth next to it was filled the same time. Why no crown on it? What happened to good old fillings. They have white stuff . $$$$
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2 implants,bridge with 4 teeth
Amount: $3,800.00
Posted by: Linda Hutton in Costa Rica, Other.Posted: December 20th, 2013 04:12AM
Which Tooth: front 6Type of Crown: porcelain
I have been spending 450.00 to fly to Costa Rica for dental work for the last 5 years. Lodging is very cheap, and I get to hang on the beach while the lab is doing the teeth. Americans are freaked about medical/dental tourism. The internet is full of horror stories about why not to participate in tourism for your health. (for the most part written and made up by doctors and dentists)After this latest mess with the ACA it might be time to check it out. I've had wonderful results. Doctors in other countries are not trained in a shed out back. They go to good schools too. We need to get over the idea that USA has the best medical system. Actually I think we are 15 or 19
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Dental Crown
Amount: $900.00
Posted by: a user in Queens, NY.Posted: December 19th, 2013 01:12PM
Which Tooth: bottom molarType of Crown: porcelain with precious metal
I don't think I was ripped off.
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Molar Crown
Amount: $2,307.00
Posted by: IllinoisHenry in Chicago suburb, IL.Posted: December 16th, 2013 02:12PM
Which Tooth: back molarType of Crown: Porcelain/Noble
I feel like I got ripped off after reading the comments here. $1850 for the Porcelain/Noble Crown, $325 for the Core Build-up, and miscellaneous fees for Oral Evaluation, etc. Completely ridiculous. If I had needed a root canal, it would have cost an additional $1395-$1495. We don't have dental insurance, so this was all out of pocket. I need to shop around for a new dentist. $2307 for one root canal. Ridiculous!
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Dental Crown
Amount: $2,000.00
Posted by: No free rides here in Marlboro, NJ.Posted: November 6th, 2013 11:11AM
Which Tooth: molarType of Crown:
charged me $1080 two years ago.
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Canine dental crown replacement
Amount: $750.00
Posted by: David B. in Virginia in Richmond, VA.Posted: October 3rd, 2013 06:10AM
Which Tooth: Canine right side.Type of Crown: Porcelain
About two years ago I to got fed up with my dentist of over thirty years. I found a fantastic place with the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry. Third year dental students perform procedures under the direct supervision of Board Certified licensed professionals. I am now breaking in my second student, the first is now a dentist with the USN. I have had a partial bridge performed here, along with several fillings, X-rays, cleaning and follow up visits.
If you live near a teaching university with a school of dentistry, you might want to check it out !
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Crown cost
Amount: $187.00
Posted by: Gatorgal in Progresso, Other.Posted: September 20th, 2013 11:09AM
Which Tooth: upper molarType of Crown: porcelain on metal
Cost in a Mexican border town for a crown made in a Texas lab fitted and installed by a US trained dentist was less than $200. It was a much better fit than one I had done in Florida for 6 times as much.
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5crown 1 bridge
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Andre in Baltimore, MD.Posted: August 20th, 2013 05:08PM
Which Tooth: lower frontType of Crown: semi precious porcelaine
6 front including bridge, precision lower partial full upper $18700 9 years ago $9000 with extraction, tooth buildup etc. Definitively need some sort of price control relief If cannot chew well, get sick become burden to society My 2 cents
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Dental Crown
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: Prince in Princeton, IL.Posted: August 12th, 2013 06:08PM
Which Tooth: 19Type of Crown: Porcelain/Ceramic
I believe my Dentist is charging me too much for this procedure. I was really shocked after receiving the billing for just one tooth crown. I am already 63 years old and never in my life that I got this charges. I did not know in the first place because I don't get a pre-estimate. I already have several fillings from the same dentist and I always pay less than $150.00 per procedure after my insurance.
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Gold crown cost in NJ ?? NEED HELP
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Bru in Morristown, NJ.Posted: July 12th, 2013 09:07AM
Which Tooth: molars and canineType of Crown: Gold crown
I am planning to get gold crown for my molars and canines.Called couple of doctors in NJ and they are saying price in range of $850 to $1300 (crown cost only).How much it will actually cost for a gold crown????
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3 Crowns and Two Fillings
Amount: $2,800.00
Posted by: JoelThomas in Leesburg, VA.Posted: May 13th, 2013 06:05PM
Which Tooth: 3 front teethType of Crown: Porcelain
I hate going to the dentist. They all overcharge in my opinion. My wife needed some work done, so we went to the dentist. We pay out-of-pocket and use a dental discount card---it helps but it is still very expensive. The dentist spent maybe 30-45 minutes with my wife, grossing over $1,000 an hour by my estimate. We are scheduled to go in one more time to get the crowns placed.rnrnThe dentist did not want to honor the dental discount card, even though she is a participating dentist and she agree to it upfront. I questioned her about the bill because she was charging for extras like a core build up, etc. Sometimes I go to the dentist and they extra charge for items that should be included---it makes me mad. It is like going to a car dealership agreeing on the price and then they say something like, "Would you like tires with that car?"rnrnI hate dentists, they are super greedy. That nonsense about high overhead is overplayed by dentists. Most dentists work four days a week and ha
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Dental Crowns
Amount: $595.00
Posted by: Dena S Chance in Gainesville, FL.Posted: April 18th, 2013 07:04AM
Which Tooth: #19 MolarType of Crown: Porcelain over metal
Gainesville, FL seems as if it would be medical/dental mecca. There's just no competition here. Either it's expensive or it's expensive. No real way to get a decent review of the areas dentists. Disappointing that you have to wing a huge expense.
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2 Prefab stain steel crowns
Amount: $415.00
Posted by: jsking007 in Mansfield, TX.Posted: March 6th, 2013 05:03PM
$143 per crown, 50 for analgesia, $15 office visit, $194 therapeutic puplotomyrnrnJust Smiles Dental
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DENTAL CROWN COST
Amount: $12,500.00
Posted by: SPARTICUS in Chandler, AZ.Posted: February 9th, 2013 07:02PM
Which Tooth: Full mouth restorationType of Crown: E- MAX all ceramic
OMG... I just had to respond to the IDIOT DENTIST(MEHR) in PHX who is FULL OF IT... FIRST OFF, I am very well versed in Business and have a family member who works for a dental lab...E-MAX crowns will cost anywhere from $120 - $ 220 from a lab if they not on special to the dentist. This up to $700 is CRAP...maybe for a SOLID GOLD CROWN lol As far as him WHINER about his cost... BLAH BLAH BLAH, get in a new industry. ALL companies have over head and you morons use it as a major excuse. I had 4 dentist tell me they couldn't do my full mouth for under 22K and in fact I found a Highly Skilled, 20 yr experienced Dentist that did it with my Cigna HMO plan for 12,500 and he still made money... Here how it BREAKS down... 22 teeth@ $200 = $4,400 (1) lower partial $750.00 his Time $150 per hour and asst @ $35 per hour for 14 Hrs (which is WAY MORE THEN ENOUGH) = $ 2,590.. Misc cost Build up mat'l, xray and novocaine $ 500 MAX... Total cost $7,740 plus w/e his F'N overhead is per each patient.
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