If you are planning to restore a tooth with a dental crown, you are probably concerned about the cost. Crowns are considered a major cosmetic or restorative dentistry and the cost will depend on whether you have dental insurance and the type of crown you choose. Where you live also plays a big role in the cost: in Los Angeles, the cost of a crown can range from $800 to more than $3,000. Here's what you should know about estimating the cost of a crown.
The type of crown you choose plays a major role in the cost. Stainless steel crowns are the cheapest option but they are commonly used as a temporary form of protection for primary teeth in children. Metal crowns are another solution for molars in adults. This type of crown lasts the longest because it doesn't crack or wear down but it clearly does not match surrounding teeth.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are the most popular choice in Los Angeles because they look just like normal teeth and work well for front and back teeth. While porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns are long-lasting, the porcelain can crack or break off over time. All-porcelain crowns are also an option but less popular because they are more prone to cracks and chips than porcelain-on-metal.
Here's an overview of average costs of bridges, crowns, and related procedures in Los Angeles.
Don't forget to consider other costs associated with restoring a tooth such as core buildup and a root canal, which is often used to treat a severely decayed tooth prior to restoration with a dental crown.
If you have dental insurance, it will likely cover at least some of the cost of a dental crown as long as the crown has a restorative benefit and is not installed purely for cosmetic purposes. Most standard dental insurance pays for up to 50% of the cost of restorative dental crowns but there may be an annual limit on your plan of $1,000 to $2,000. The total cost for a single crown may exceed this.
While these estimates can give you a general idea of the cost of a crown, it's important to schedule a consultation to develop a personalized treatment plan and accurate estimate for your dental restoration. Dr. Torbati DDS will help you explore your options and potential strategies to reduce the cost of your crown. Call us today to set up your appointment with Dr. Torbati to discuss how a dental crown can restore your smile and protect your teeth.