What Is the Cost of a Dental Crown?
Hi, I’m Dr Rajiv Kumar, you can call me “Dr Andy”. dentist here at Pitt St Dental Centre in Sydney CBD.
Couple of days ago, I had a new patient, Hannah from Darlinghurst, came in for an emergency appointment with a cracked tooth. The treatment for her would be a dental crown to protect the cracked tooth. As we helped her determine the right solution, and explained to her the factors that impacts the fees of a dental crown procedure, she said to me, Wow, Andy, I didn’t realise there are so many factors that impacts the price of a dental crown procedure.
I thought this is such a great topic, so I thought I’ll make this video sharing with you what I shared with her, just in case you are in a similar situation.
The cost of a dental crown procedure can range from two to three k. Here are the factors that impacts the final price.
First of all, there’s a range of materials that can be used to fabricate crown. It can be gold, porcelain fused to gold, zirconia, cermaic handcrafted layer on zirconia crown and glass ceramics.
Often, the choice of material is determined by the location of the tooth that needs to be protected. For example, if it is the back molar, where there are a lot of force when you chew, you might need to use gold as it is strong but still malleable, or Zirconia so it won’t crack the tooth above.
Now, the cost of the crown not only relates to the material that’s used, but it also relates to the expertise of the ceramist who will make the crown. For example, to make a single crown for a front tooth requires a lot more expertise and attention to detail than to make a crown for a molar at the back. This is because the crown needs to match the shape, colour, surface texture , profile of the surrounding tooth in order for it to look completely natural, life like, for it to look like you’ve always had that tooth. Therefore, it takes more skills to make a front crown, and as a result, it would cost more.
Lastly, the cost of the crown also depends on the complexity of the treatment. For example, a tooth that doesn’t have a lot of tooth structure requires a core buildup, and this is also factored into the cost of making a crown because it takes more time, more material, and this just takes more expertise to do the case.
Sometimes a very, very short or broken down tooth requires some lasering of the gum or some form of gum surgery in addition to making the crown. That also adds to the complexity of the treatment.
So, in short, the cost of the crown relates to the type of material that is used, the expertise of the ceramist required to make the crown, the location of the tooth, as well as the complexity of the case.
I hope this video gives you a sense of how much a dental crown would cost and the different factors involved. Here at Pitt St Dental Centre, we are experts and handle these situations all the time. We do offer flexible payment plans, so if you have a broken tooth or think you may need a dental crown, we would love to look after you.
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