What’s the Average Cost of a Tooth Crown?

What’s the Average Cost of a Tooth Crown?

How much does a crown for a tooth cost? Dental crowns usually start around $800 per tooth depending on your specific dentist, needs and insurance coverage. The exact cost of a dental crown depends on the type of crown and material that is used. A porcelain crown might differ in cost from a metal or resin crown, for example.

At Kool Smiles, we have many affordable treatment options. Call us today at 254-781-0553 to speak with a dental expert about your child’s crown procedure or any other dental work they need done.

  • We can answer any questions you have about the average cost of a tooth crown with or without a dental insurance plan.
  • Every Kool Smiles location accepts many payment options, including cash, credit card or CareCredit.
  • We also accept most insurance providers, Medicaid and TRICARE for general dental care.

Keep reading to learn what affects the cost of a tooth crown and what you can expect to pay.

What Is a Dental Crown?

A crown is a cover for your teeth. But it’s not as simple as putting a slipcover over a sofa. For the crown to fit, your dentist will first need to remove some of the outside of the tooth. During this step, your dentist also removes any decay, and if there’s a lot (or much of the tooth is damaged by, say, a large crack), your dentist will sometimes need to build up the core of the tooth a bit more to help support the crown.

Finally, the crown is molded to fit this “core” perfectly, leaving your child with a strong tooth that should match the rest of your smile and look and feel like their other teeth.

What Impacts the Cost of a Tooth Crown?

Crowns are used by dentists for a number of purposes. They can cover broken or discolored teeth, screw into a dental implant, or protect a damaged baby tooth.

So how much does a dental crown cost? First, there are the preliminary costs, like exams, X-rays, lab fees or fittings. At Kool Smiles, we can walk you through the entire process so you know exactly what to expect when considering a dental crown. Simply call 254-781-0553 and ask.

Next, there’s the cost of materials to consider. Here are the most common types of materials for dental crowns and their typical cost:

Tooth Crown Materials

Porcelain Crowns—These crowns are made of ceramic materials and look the most like the teeth they are covering or replacing, which makes them good for highly visible teeth like incisors or bicuspids. Ceramic breaks more easily than metal, though, and it requires at least two dentist visits to seat a ceramic crown. Ceramic crowns also must be custom-made in a laboratory.

Metal Crowns—This type of crown is good for teeth that are in the back of the mouth, like molars. Metal crowns last longer than other types and are less likely to break or chip. However, the color is much more obvious than other types of crowns.

Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns—For this type of crown, ceramic is bonded to a metal base. The metal helps strengthen the ceramic, but the outer porcelain base can still break. These crowns also have to be prepared in a lab.

Resin Crowns—These types of crowns are also less noticeable than metal, but the material tends to wear down over time and will likely need to be replaced sooner.

Types of Crowns

Crowns for Baby Teeth

Stainless steel crowns or caps are used to protect damaged baby teeth that can’t hold a filling. The caps are pre-made and sized to slip over the tooth, then they’re sealed with dental cement.

Dental Implant Crowns

When the root of the tooth can’t securely hold a crown or has to be removed, a dental implant is placed by an oral surgeon, followed by an “abutment,” which the crown attaches to. The last step in this process is being fitted for a crown by your dentist, but since this work is done in stages, you may first be sent home with a temporary or “flipper” tooth while you wait for your crown.

Expect to Pay:

A dental implant alone for one tooth can run $2,400 to $3,000 without insurance, but that range can jump to $4,000 to $10,000 depending on whether more teeth need to be removed, or whether you need additional services, like bone or tissue grafts. Abutments and crowns bring the total to $1,500-$13,000 (or an average cost of $4,263 for all necessary procedures, from implant to flipper to final crown adjustments). The cost of the crown is additional.

Root Canal Crowns

If the pulp (or soft area deep in your tooth) becomes infected, your dentist may order root canal therapy to remove the infected tissue. This helps save the tooth but leaves it weakend. A crown is often needed to help fully restore the tooth.

Expect to Pay: Root canal costs can vary depending on the location of the affected tooth or teeth:

  • Front teeth—A root canal can cost between $300 and $1,500 in addition to the crown but tends to run on the higher end of that range (without insurance).
  • Bicuspid or premolar teeth—A root canal can run between $400 and $1,800 in addition to the crown but most commonly falls in the $900 to $1,100 range (without insurance).
  • Back molar teeth—A root canal can cost $500 to $2,000 or more in addition to the crown but most frequently runs about $1,000 to $1,300 (without insurance).

How Do I Know If I Need a Crown?

Dental crowns are typically used to replace teeth that are too damaged to be saved with fillings. This damage can be the result of a big cavity, a traumatic injury (like a crack) or a root canal.

Some people also crown teeth for cosmetic reasons, covering teeth that are yellowing, very small or oddly shape. But it’s worth noting that this is more of a “want” than a “need” for medical purposes, so it may not be covered by your dental insurance plan. Crowns are also necessary to cover dental implants, which are used to replace the root of a tooth when it’s removed.

You can’t know for sure what treatments your child needs until they visit a dentist though, so make sure you schedule a no-cost consultation at Kool Smiles before taking your next step.

The Crown Procedure

Having a tooth crowned usually requires two appointments because it involves several steps. First, your dentist will assess the type of material that’s appropriate for the affected tooth or teeth based on the location in your child’s mouth, the color of their existing teeth, how much of the affected area will show when they smile, the gum tissue position, and personal preferences.

Next, your dentist will remove the outer portion of the tooth or teeth to make a fitting for the new crown. If the pulp (the soft center of the tooth) of your tooth is damaged, your child may also need to have a root canal at this stage. A mold made from a soft paste or putty is taken of the filed-down tooth and the teeth around it. This ensures both a perfect fit from core to crown as well as a comfortable “bite” with the rest of your child’s teeth.

Be prepared, though: the finished product often takes some time to create—usually two to three weeks. Your child will go home with a temporary crown that leaves them sensitive to heat and cold, so be careful to watch what your child eats until your next appointment. Your dentist will probably recommend that they avoid sticky foods that could uproot the temporary crown, like chomping down on hard candy or chewing gum.

At your next visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown (and possibly use a local anesthetic to keep your child comfortable), then cement the permanent crown in, adjusting it for look and feel.

Paying for Dental Crowns

Are you concerned about affording the average cost of a tooth crown? With dental insurance, you may be able to save some money on dental crown costs. Check your policy for benefits (medical vs. cosmetic) and any annual spending limits. If your child is covered by Medicaid, the cost of the crown may be covered if there is a medical reason for it.

Why Kool Smiles?

At Kool Smiles, have a friendly staff, kid-friendly waiting rooms and various payment options so that children everywhere can find affordable dental care. Whether you’re looking for ways to protect your child’s gumline or want to know the average cost of a tooth crown, we can help guide you through all your dental needs. We also accept most insurance providers, including Medicaid, TRICARE and SCHIP.

Call us today at 254-781-0553 to learn more about affordable payment options for dental crowns.

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