Dental crown, as the name said, is a cap placed over a tooth to improve its function and appearance. Thanks to modern technology, the crowns can look and function the same as the natural teeth. The concept is simple, but the costs can vary significantly from patient to patient and country to country.
There are 5 important factors though that form their low cost or higher price that you really need to consider before you go ahead with the procedure:
No matter whether you need dental implants or not, it is recommended to use services of a prosthodontist, a dentist who is an expert for the replacement of missing teeth. Also, it is desirable that he/she is a member of national and international associations of prosthodontists with recent participation at the continual medical education.
The dental crown should ideally fit to your teeth perfectly. Therefore, the more accurate impression the dentist makes and uses, the better. The impression could be made by using a material similar as clay (which is still a golden standard) or digitally. Ask your dentist whether he/she uses digital intraoral scanner to make 3D images and has digital manufacturing equipment in house. If they have, it is a sign of better experience in improved, more accurate crown technologies. If your dentist uses services of a partner lab, it is important to find out about the quality of materials they use and their level od accuracy.
Your dentist should be willing to discuss lots of options and respect your specific concerns and preferences. For example, if your budget is not high, and you need a crown on a back tooth, your dentist should not offer all-porcelain crown.
The simple rule about the type of the crown is: the higher the esthetics, the more expensive it will be. The right type of crown, together with the proper care, is important, as it results in the crowns lasting up to 15 years.
Your teeth need to be ready for the placement of the crown and that may bring additional costs. For example, you might need a root canal treatment, whitening (must be done before your new crown is placed if you want your new teeth to look the same as others) or dental implants.
Since the price of crowns and other material is similar in every country, you can influence the total costs of dental crowns in the following ways: