Dental crowns are strong, attractive restorations that Dr. Alex Parshin uses to save teeth that are weak, fractured or otherwise jeopardized. Without crowns, some of these teeth would need to be extracted and replaced with a bridge, implant or partial denture.
If you have a tooth that requires the coverage of a crown, you are probably exploring your treatment options and trying to gather information about the anticipated costs. It is nearly impossible for Dr. Parshin to quote a cost for dental crown treatment without meeting you and determining your specific needs. There are many factors that influence the cost of dental crowns, and the best way to get an accurate quote is to schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Parshin.
Factors that Influence the Cost of Crowns
The cost of crowns depends largely on the following factors:
- The material the crown is made of (e.g., porcelain, metal, porcelain fused to metal)
- The number of crowns needed
- The preparation required
- The technology used to design and construct the crown
- Whether you have insurance
You may also be responsible for the cost of any dental exams or X-rays performed prior to the placement of the crowns. And, you must consider whether you require any adjunct procedures, such as root canal therapy to save a failing tooth. If your crown is supported by a dental implant, you will need to cover the cost of the implant itself and the procedure to place it.
Does Insurance Cover Crowns?
Most dental insurance plans are intended to cover a portion of your dental expenses, but not your every dental need. It’s best to check your plan documents or call the insurer’s customer service line to inquire about coverage limitations. Plans are more likely to cover part or all of the cost of treatment for crowns that are deemed “medically necessary” because they restore damaged teeth, as opposed to crowns that are used for cosmetic purposes (like those in smile makeovers).
A possible scenario is that your dental insurance may cover the cost of a basic crown and you will have to pay out of pocket for any upgrades – e.g., CEREC same-day crowns. It is unlikely that your dental insurance plan will cover the entire cost of a CEREC crown, which can be designed, constructed and placed in a single visit. Many of our patients find it well worth it to pay for CEREC crowns because they save a lot of time and prevent the need for multiple appointments (the costs of which can add up).
Avoid Making Decisions Based Solely on Cost
As you look for the dentist to place your crowns, Dr. Parshin would like to encourage you to carefully consider the dentist’s experience and credentials, and how trustworthy they are. Avoid selecting the dentist advertising the cheapest crowns. It is possible these cheap prices are compensating for shoddy crown materials, an inexperienced dentist or subpar quality of service. Even though you may save money on your crowns upfront, it could cost you time, discomfort and even more money in the long run to repair or replace imperfect crowns.
Book a Consultation with Dr. Parshin
If you are interested in repairing a damaged or weak tooth with a dental crown and would like a breakdown of the expected costs, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Parshin. Call (718) 494 2010 or email Parshin Dental today to book your visit.