The cost of any dental crown treatment will vary from practice to practice and the influencing factors tend to be the:
- Material of choice
- Manufacturing costs from a dental lab
- Shipping costs between a practice and lab
We are often asked why our crown fees are significantly lower than most practices. This is a fair question and we can assure you that this reduced cost does not come at a compromise to quality. Fortunately, our practice has its own lab which allows us to source and manufacture our crowns at a lower cost and we happily pass this onto our patients.
Dental crowns (or ‘caps’ as they are commonly called) are a well-known and routine dental treatment. They are generally recommended for teeth that have been structurally compromised due to large fillings, decay, wear or fracture.
In addition, they are also routinely recommended on teeth that have undergone root canal treatment to protect and seal it off. They may also improve the aesthetics of the teeth involved.
Types of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are primarily categorised by their material type which includes full ceramic, porcelain-fused-to-metal (or PFM) and full gold.
Full Ceramic/Porcelain Crowns
With advances in modern technology, ceramic crowns are by far the most popular choice as they look the closest in appearance to our natural teeth without large compromises in strength.
The two main ceramic materials are zirconia or lithium disilicate. Zirconia is used where strength is the most important factor whilst lithium disilicate is the material of choice where aesthetics is important. The price for crowns varies depending on the material chosen and the number of crowns to be done.
Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal Crowns (PFM)
For a long time, PFM crowns have been the gold standard in dentistry. This is because ceramics were not strong enough to withstand our bite force, but aesthetics were still desired. A PFM crown involves having a metal base for strength and durability with porcelain layered over the top for an aesthetics look. As a result, there may be a weak point between the ceramic and metal so chipping may occur. For this reason, full ceramic crowns are normally favoured within modern ceramics.
Full Gold Crowns
Gold crowns are by far the strongest and most durable among the crowns; the obvious drawback being the colour. As a result, gold crowns are generally recommended for compromised back teeth where your aesthetics is not a concern.
How much do Crowns cost?
As explained earlier, the cost of your dental crown depends on the material and the amount of crowns you require. At The White Bite, our dental crown prices are as follows:
Full porcelain crowns:
- Single: $950 to $1,050 each
- Two: $850 to $925 each
- Three: $800 to $900 each
- Four or more: $700 to $850 each
- Cost starts at $1,000 each
- Prices vary based on gold prices, contact our practice for more information
We also offer payment plans such as AfterPay, Zip Money, Zip Pay and our customised pre-pay option with interest free periods. Ask our friendly staff about our payment plans when you book your next appointment.
Dental Crown procedure
Our treatment length typically requires three appointments. During your initial consultation (if you have not done so already) we will evaluate and assess the merits of doing crown(s) for you.
The second appointment involves the preparation of your teeth where your impressions are taken and sent to the lab. Finally, you will have your crown fitted and cemented in place.
The average time between appointments two and three is generally one week.
How often should Dental Crowns be replaced?
On average, crowns may last around 15 years. The several factors which may influence this include:
The choice of material you use for your restoration may influence how long your implant lasts. You should consult with your dentist first before deciding which material is best for you.
The standard of your oral hygiene
It is a common misconception that crowns cannot get decay underneath them. In reality, may still develop tooth decay if you do not maintain good oral hygiene. Therefore, it is essential to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day or after a meal.
How often you get your check-ups
Conducting a regular check-up and clean with your dentist is essential to your oral health. This enables your dentist to monitor your teeth so they can identify any problems that may arise. by doing this, they can detect them at an early stage and provide you with an accurate solution or treatment plan. Usually, you should book in for a check-up an clean every six months.
Like your teeth, crowns may still fracture when they are exposed to excessive force. These forces are created by bad oral habits such as:
- Clenching or grinding your teeth
- Regularly chewing on hard food
Dental Crowns on the Gold Coast
At the White Bite, our experienced dentists are more than happy to discuss strategies to help you get the most out of your treatment. We can develop a plan to maximise the longevity of your implants and other general treatments.