A dentist can provide the estimated cost of a dental crown following a consultation with a prospective candidate. As of May 2015, dental crowns and treatment potentially cost between $500 and $2500 per crown, according to DocShop.
Several factors contribute to the cost of a dental crown, such as the preparation and the material of the crown. An average dental crown procedure entails two visits to a dentist over the course of several weeks, though some practices offer same-day crowns. The type of crown affects also cost, and different types of dental crowns require different materials, such as porcelain, gold and porcelain-fused-to-metal. Porcelain crowns are the most expensive.
Same-day porcelain crowns intended for restorative purposes are usually more expensive than porcelain crowns designed in a remote lab from a mold. The accelerated timetable translates into less costly expenses for the patient and a more feasible dental crown procedure overall. Again, specifics vary by doctor and case.
Dental crown procedures often involve many prerequisites, such as an exam and X-rays, that affect cost. Crowns protect dental implants and remaining tooth structure after a root canal, and the related costs of these procedures adds to the bottom-line cost of a dental crown.
Dental insurance impacts the ultimate, out-of-pocket amount a person actually pays for a dental crown. In cases where dental crowns help to restore damaged teeth, dental insurance may offer partial or full coverage.