How Much Does It Cost To Get A Dental Crown Fitted?
There is no pain quite the same as that caused by your teeth. Whether you’ve cracked a tooth, developed an abscess or your tooth is simply eroding.
The fact is that you are likely to need a crown at some in your life. According to recent research there are 11 million newly decaying teeth every year!
A good dentist will fit a permanent dental crown; this may feel a little weird at first but it should last a lifetime. Of course you’ll need to care for it in the same way that you do your other teeth.
What It A Crown
In short a crown is a cap that is placed over your tooth. It is uniquely shaped to fit your mouth and match your current bite / tooth line.
It can be undertaken to restore the look of your tooth and its strength. You will usually have to visit the dentist twice to have the procedure completed.
The first step is to ensure your damaged tooth can support a crown. This means verifying the roots are strong enough. At this visit it is common for the dentist to file your tooth; ready for fitting the crown.
If you have a lot of damage to your tooth it is possible they will fill it before shaping it.
You then have a dental imprint undertaken to get the exact profile of your teeth.
The second appointment is after the lab has used your imprint to create the crown. The dentist will then use special adhesive to join the crown to your tooth. After a short period this should feel and behave like any other tooth in your mouth.
The Cost Of Your Crown
The average cost of a crown in Australia is between $1,000 and $2,000. This is not a cheap option!
Fortunately there are options that can make this affordable to you:
Most dental practices will offer a finance arrangement to allow you to have the dental work done but pay for it in a set number of installments. This can help to ease the burden when you really need a procedure completed.
It will not reduce the cost of your crown but it will make it affordable.
The better alternative is to have dental insurance. There are a variety of companies which can offer you competitive dental insurance.
A good scheme would be one that offers you approximately 40% of the cost of your dental work while keeping your premiums for the year under $100.
You can pay more and get complete cover but this could be considered a waste of funds if you don’t need any treatment for several years on the trot.
40% of your $1,000 bill makes it a more attractive and affordable $600.
The real answer to how much does a dental crown cost is actually how much are you prepared to spend each month on dental insurance. The higher you premium the more complete your policy will be and the cheaper the crown; at the point of purchase.
There are also exemptions if you are a low earner; you’ll need to check with the health authority in your area.