Some folks consider chipped or cracked teeth to be purely a cosmetic issue. Indeed, these issues do make many people extremely self-conscious. In an image-driven society like ours, that lack of confidence often has real costs, both economically and socially. It can be difficult hard to close the deal or feel good about yourself when you don’t feel good about your smile.
There are other issues as well. Damaged teeth are more susceptible to bacteria. Additionally, the cracked tooth puts more pressure on the surrounding teeth. So, without proper treatment, the problem can get much worse. If you have a cracked dental crown, Dr. Stone repairs them too.
Today’s dental crowns (also called a cap) are very long-lasting, easy to fit, and very natural looking. In terms of the procedure itself, patient satisfaction rates are above 95 percent. In some cases a temporary dental crown is required while a permanent dental crown is being made.
Dental Crowns Cost Factors
Most dental crowns cost between $500 and $3,000. The price range is so broad because there are many diverse factors to consider, such as:
- Material: Porcelain crowns are usually higher than metal crowns. Unfortunately, most chipped teeth are near the front of the mouth, which means a porcelain crown. Dr. Stone can use metal crowns on molars and back teeth. In some cases, a porcelain/metal fusion dental crown may be an option.
- Dental Office Location: This factor is basic supply and demand. Additionally, dental office expenses are usually higher in more populated areas. Since there is no single “industry standard” dental crown cost, the dentist can take these things into account when pricing crowns.
- Dentist Expertise: In most cases, you get what you pay for. An experienced prosthodontist who has placed thousands of crowns will charge more than someone who just graduated dental school. Additionally, some dentists offer specials or generally lower prices to attract new patients.
- Additional Services: This factor does not come up very often with regard to crowns. However, some additional cleaning or other services may be necessary before Dr. Stone places the crown in your mouth.
Insurance is a big factor as well. Because of the aforementioned health concerns, many insurance companies cover at least part of the cost.
How to Choose the Right Prosthodontist
If you are buying a coffee mug, cost may be basically the only consideration. But in terms of dental crowns, there are many other things to consider.
For example, does the prosthodontist offer multiple options or does s/he try to sell you on a particular procedure? A good prosthodontist, like Dr. Stone, performs a thorough examination. Then, we lay out multiple options during a conversation. Dr. Stone always considers what is best for you and your health when he makes a recommendation.
Your mouth’s appearance, and your oral health, are both important to you. Dental crowns make a significant difference in both of these areas. To see what your smile can look like and your mouth can feel like, contact Dr. John Stone at Best Dental Associates. Our comfortable office includes an onsite laboratory.