Why Are Dental Crowns Expensive?

Published on October 09, 2020
Why Are Dental Crowns Expensive?

Although they can be more costly than some other dental treatments, dental crowns are one of the best solutions for repairing damaged teeth. We’re exploring the reasons behind the cost of dental crowns - and why they could be worth every cent when it comes to restoring your smile.

Why are dental crowns expensive? 

Unlike their royal namesake, dental crowns don’t make you feel like a king or queen - but they are a great, natural-looking solution for damaged teeth. 

There’s no denying the fact that crowns aren’t the cheapest of dental procedures, so if you’ve been advised that you need a crown, you may be wondering what the reason is for their cost.

In this article, we’re exploring why crowns are expensive, as well as why their benefits can outweigh their cost.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a custom-made cap created to cover an existing tooth. It is designed to improve the appearance and function of a decayed or damaged tooth, making it stronger and longer-lasting.

Crowns can be used as a solution for teeth that have become damaged for a variety of reasons. This includes:

  • Broken teeth
  • Teeth whose fillings have become lost
  • Teeth that are too damaged to hold a filling
  • Badly decayed teeth
  • Severely discoloured teeth

What type of crowns are available?

When it comes to types of dental crowns, you’ll find a variety of options available from your National Dental Care practice, including ceramic crowns, resin crowns, or even gold crowns. 

The type of crown that’s best for you will depend on its location and your specific needs - your dentist can advise on the right type of crown for you.

Why are dental crowns expensive?

There are a number of factors that make dental crowns a relatively expensive dental procedure.

One of the reasons for their higher price point is the advanced technology required to produce a crown. Not only does the crown repair your damaged tooth, but it’s also carefully designed to match the shape and colour of your existing tooth - a process which requires the latest CAD technology.

As crowns offer the strength, durability and functionality of your natural teeth, they offer much greater longevity than less expensive solutions such as fillings, making dental crowns a very worthwhile investment in the long-term.

What’s more, many National Dental Care practices offer same-day crowns, using a unique technology that speeds up the process of creating and installing your crown. This means you won’t need to come back for repeated visits and will leave with your shiny new crown installed on the day of your appointment.

How much does a dental crown cost?

The cost of your dental crown treatment will depend on your individual requirements and the type of crown you are having installed. However, the average cost of a dental crown in Australia is between $1100 and $2000.

How long do crowns last?

A dental crown that is properly installed by a skilled dental professional and cared for properly by the patient should last for many years or even decades.

When would I need a crown?

While we’d all like to keep our teeth in perfect condition, problems can arise that cause our teeth to become structurally damaged. This might include lost fillings, tooth decay, and chipping or cracking - all of which can result in large-scale issues on a tooth’s surface.

Even if you’re maintaining good oral hygiene practices such as regular brushing and flossing, you may still need to have dental crown treatment. If this is the case, rest assured that a dental crown is one of the best solutions for repairing your teeth and restoring your smile.

If you need advice on dental crown treatment, speak to your National Dental Care dentist - book an appointment online today.

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