Dental crown is restoration which covers the outer surface of the tooth like a cap and is cemented to the tooth structure with the help of dental cement. Patient can either be given metallic dental crown or porcelain dental crown or porcelain fused to metal dental crown. For front teeth, porcelain dental crown is preferred because of aesthetic reasons. All porcelain or all ceramic dental crowns are expensive and if a patient can’t afford it, then he can opt for porcelain fused to metal (PFM) dental crowns. For back teeth, porcelain fused to metal or metallic dental crowns are given. On an average, life of dental crowns is 10-15 years. Dental crowns will last longer if patient maintains good oral hygiene and take proper care of it.
Life of Dental Crown
The longevity of dental crown is usually 10-15 years but it can last even longer if proper care is taken and meticulous oral hygiene is maintained.
The longevity of dental crown also depends on how accurately it is made, material used for its fabrication and appropriate treatment planning.
Lifetime of metal dental crown is more than all porcelain or ceramic dental crown and porcelain fused to metal (PFM) dental crown. Life of all porcelain or all ceramic dental crowns is least.
Life of Metal Dental Crown
Metal dental crowns are most superior in terms of longevity because they have maximum strength. If patient observes good oral hygiene measures, then metallic dental crowns may last for around 25-30 years.
Life of Porcelain Fused To Metal (PFM) Dental Crown
In case of porcelain fused to metal dental crown, a coating of porcelain is fused on the surface of metal. In case of porcelain fused to metal dental crown (PFM), brittleness of all porcelain dental crown is overcome by base of metal and esthetics are not compromised either. Longevity of PFM dental crowns is more than that of all porcelain dental crowns but is less than the metallic dental crowns. Life of PFM dental crowns is around 15 years.
Life of all Porcelain or all Ceramic or Metal Free Dental Crowns
Porcelain is brittle material so there are more chances of its fracture if placed under excessive loading. Longevity of all porcelain or all ceramic dental crowns is less as compared to metallic or porcelain fused to metal (PFM) dental crowns. Lifetime of all porcelain dental crown is around 10 years. Metal free dental crowns are not given for the back teeth as it can lead to fracture of all ceramic dental crowns. Different types of ceramic dental crown available are Dicor, cerestore, IPS empress, In-ceram, In-ceram spinel.
Cost of Dental Crown
Cost of dental crown varies depending on the type of dental crown, location and dentist’s training and experience. Cost of all porcelain, PFM and metallic dental crown varies.
Cost of Metallic Dental Crown
Metallic dental crowns are usually made of jewelry graced gold. Cost of metallic dental crown is usually $600-$1050. Cost of dental crown depends on amount of precious metal that is gold or platinum metal present within the dental crown. If more of precious metal is there within the dental crown, then the cost of dental crown will also be more.
Cost of Porcelain Fused To Metal (PFM) Dental Crown
Cost of porcelain fused to metal (PFM) dental crowns is $650-$1000.
Cost of All Ceramic Or All Porcelain Dental Crown
All porcelain or all ceramic dental crowns are most expensive among all the varieties of dental crown. Cost of metal free dental crowns is around $800-$1750. High expertise of dentist is required for preparation of all porcelain dental crowns. Preparation time for all porcelain dental crowns is also more than the metallic dental crown and PFM dental crown.
Cerec dental crowns have developed lately which are all porcelain dental crowns and are fitted within an hour. There is no need to send the dental crown to the laboratory for fabrication. Cost of Cerec dental crowns is similar to the cost of all porcelain dental crowns.
Cost of Dental Crown with Insurance
Dental crowns may or may not be covered by dental insurance company. Dental insurance company will cover 60-80% of the cost of dental crowns if covered by the insurance company. Patient can check with his specific insurance company whether dental crown is covered or not.
Apart from bearing cost of dental crown, patient has to pay for initial office visit and X-rays. Initial office visit costs around $50-$125 and cost of X-rays is around $35-$120.
If there is loss of much of tooth structure, then post and core may also be given to the patient along with dental crown. In case of badly mutilated tooth, root canal therapy is done for the tooth followed by post and core procedure and after post and core procedure, dental crown is given to the patient. Post is put in the root and will increase strength of the tooth. Cost of post and core varies from $250-$400.
Cheap Dental Crowns
For dental crown at low cost, patient can visit any of the dental schools near his place where treatment provided is cheap.
For low income patients, partial fees may be paid by some of the dental groups. American dental association lists some of these dental groups.