Crowns are a fundamental part of modern dentistry. These little covers can protect a damaged or decayed tooth, restoring its form, function, and appearance. If one of your teeth is suffering and you suspect you may need a crown, you might hesitate to go to the dentist because you’re afraid of getting saddled with a huge bill. We believe that protecting your oral health is worth the cost, but we also understand financial concerns. Your dentist in Tyler is here to talk more about what you can expect to pay for your crown.
First off, it’s important to note that the following numbers are rough averages; your dentist may charge quite a bit more or less. Not counting the cost of any necessary preliminary work (like a root canal or implant surgery), the average costs for crowns are:
- Porcelain crowns: $1,430 each
- Metal crowns: $1,353 each
- Porcelain fused to metal: $1,093 each
Why So Much?
Those numbers might seem a little high, but before you faint out of shock, let’s take a moment to consider the reasons behind the prices. One of the biggest reasons is that crafting a crown that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional takes a high level of skill. The crown must be made so that it will not interfere with your bite and so that it will stay secure in your mouth for as long as possible.
Another aspect is time. If you choose a porcelain crown, your dentist will have to take impressions of your tooth and send that information to a laboratory, which will use its expertise to make your custom tooth cover. It might be one or two weeks before your crown arrives back at the dentist’s office.
Metal crowns tend to cost less because they lack the aesthetic appeal of porcelain, and they are best suited for back teeth. If one of your pearly whites toward the front of your mouth needs a crown, your appearance will stay as natural as possible if you opt for porcelain.
Will Insurance Help?
Most dental insurance plans will indeed help pay for your crown. You’ll have to check the fine print of your policy, but most companies will cover at least 50 to 60 percent of the cost of a crown. The amount they’re willing to pay will depend on if your dentist is in their network, whether the crown is necessary for your oral health or just a cosmetic improvement, and whether your policy covers the specific type of crown that you’d like to receive.
If you don’t have insurance, you may be able to manage the cost of your restoration through CareCredit, which provides low to no interest financing for necessary dental procedures.
Dental work isn’t always cheap, but it is always worth it. If you suspect you need a crown, please don’t let financial concerns hold you back from caring for your smile.
About the Dentist
Dr. Dennis Stansbury is your skilled, experienced dentist in Tyler. He has extensive knowledge of crowns and other restorative techniques and would be happy to talk with you about how you can give our smile the TLC it deserves. Please contact our office at 903-561-1122.