Dental Crown in Toronto

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Dental crowns provide support, strength and superior aesthetics to damaged teeth. Read more about the cost of tooth crowns below, or contact us at Atlas Dental for more information.

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How much do dental crowns cost?

A common question is how much do dental crowns cost? Many factors will affect the price. But generally, you can expect the price of a tooth crown to be $1000-1200.

The major factors that determine the cost of dental crowns include:

  • Where you live,
  • Qualification of the dentist,
  • Laboratory fee,
  • Crown material, and
  • Whether you have dental insurance.

Where you live cost factor

Each geographical region uses a different fee guide.

In Toronto, Ontario, most dentists will provide dental filling services consistent with the Ontario Dental Association’s Suggested Fee Guide. This Fee Guide is suggested, meaning that dentists can go above or below the suggested fee. However, dentists will generally follow the recommended fee for basic services to ensure fair and competitive treatment cost. Tooth crowns, however are not a basic service. They are a major restorative procedure and may receive special consideration. At Atlas Dental, we charge $980 plus a lab fee. The lab fee is usually $150-$300.

Qualifications of the dentist

Tooth crowns by a prosthodontist costs more.

For most situations, a general dentist can competently make a dental crown for you. 

In some cases, a patient might need many crowns at once. Alternatively, many teeth are missing and the patient needs a full mouth reconstruction. These unique circumstances call for a dental specialist known as a Prosthodontist. Prosthodontists charge more. This is because dental specialists follow a special fee guide that reflects the difficulty of their work and additional training involved in achieving their specialty status.

Dental laboratory fees

Each dental lab charges a fee for dental lab work.

The dental laboratory is responsible for producing the physical crown. Each dental lab is independently owned and each have their specialties in the type of dental appliances they make. The cost that the dental lab charges for making your denture is the “Dental Laboratory Fee” (Lab Fee). This dental lab fee is a flow-through cost that your dentist passes along to you. Generally, the dental lab fee can range between $150-300 for a tooth crown.

Crown material

There are a variety of dental crown materials to choose from, some are more expensive than others.

The four most common dental crown types listed in order from most expensive to least expensive are: metal crowns, porcelain fused to metal crowns, all-ceramic crowns, and zirconia crowns.

  • Metal crowns can be the most expensive type of crown if the lab uses precious metals such as gold, platinum or palladium. The advantage of metal crowns is that it is very durable and will not fracture. You may want a metal crown in an area of high biting forces and where aesthetics are not a concern, such as a molar tooth in the back of the mouth.
  • Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crowns involve a veneering layer of white porcelain over the surface of a metal coping. While the actual material cost is not as expensive as a full metal crown because it requires less metal by comparison, the labor costs of making a PFM crown are greater to layer porcelain in a way that looks natural. This is very time consuming. Therefore, PFM crowns can be as expensive, if not more expensive, than a regular metal crown. PFM crowns are gradually going out of style because of newer all-ceramic and zirconia crown options.
  • All-ceramic crowns are cost effective to make because they are digitally constructed on a computer and milled by CAD-CAM machines from a single ceramic block or disk. The material cost of the ceramic block or disk is low, and these crowns can be made cost effectively. Veneering porcelain can also be added for a more natural look. All-ceramic crowns are by far the least expensive and most aesthetic options to date.
  • Zirconia crowns are the latest generation of all-ceramic crown that has high strength and can sustain very high biting forces. It is generally favored in the molar areas.

Whether you have dental insurance

You will not have to pay as much out of pocket if you have dental insurance.

Having dental insurance will help cover a portion of the cost, if not all of the cost, of your tooth crown. Dental surgery is a basic service and will almost always receive coverage. The amount of coverage will vary from plan to plan. Therefore, be sure to find out from your insurance carrier how much you are eligible for before going ahead with dental treatment.

If you have any further questions about the cost of dental crowns in Toronto, please contact us.

Dental Crown in Toronto FAQ's

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are cemented onto a tooth, providing it with a hard protective covering that looks and feels like a natural tooth.

A tooth crown serves numerous functions:

  • Protects a tooth from fracturing. Composite or amalgam fillings may resolve the problem of a large cavity, but if they become too large, the remaining tooth structure around it becomes weak. Such teeth are at risk of breaking. A dental crown prevents this risk by holding the tooth together.
  • Protecting root canal treated teeth. When a tooth receives a root canal treatment, it becomes weaker because it no longer has blood vessels flowing through it, and it has a large filling in it as well. Tooth crowns may be recommended to protect them from breaking.
  • Prevents cracks from getting worse. If you feel pain when biting down on a tooth, there is a chance that it has a crack. When treated early, a crown will hold the tooth together and prevent the crack from getting bigger. If you know you grind your teeth, you may want to consider getting a dental night guard as well.
  • Repair fractured teeth. If a big chunk of the tooth is already missing, then the only way to repair it would be with a dental crown.
  • Smile Makeover. Dental crowns also improve the look of the tooth of weak, unsightly teeth. Porcelain fused to metal crowns, All-ceramic crowns and zirconia crowns use highly aesthetic white porcelain to mimic the look of natural teeth.

In the first appointment, the dentist will numb the area with local anaesthesia, eliminating pain during the procedure. The tooth will then be shaved down by half a millimeter to 1 millimeter to make space for the crown. Afterwards, the dentist will take an impression of the tooth so that the dental lab can make your crown. In the meanwhile, a temporary acrylic crown is put on the tooth. The first visit may take up to an hour and a half.

In the second appointment, the dentist removes the temporary crown, cleans the tooth, and glues on the permanent crown. Sometimes, there are fit issues, and the crown would have to be remade. If all is well, and the permanent crown looks and fits great, then the permanent crown is cemented into place.

In between visits, it is important to take care of the temporary crown until you receive the final crown. Temporary crowns are not very strong, so avoid chewing hard or crunchy foods on it. The temporary cement is also weak, so also avoid sticky foods that may lift off the crown, and when you floss down between the contacts, remove the floss by pulling out through the side rather than pulling back up to avoid accidentally lifting off the temporary crown.

Your dentist will give you local anaesthesia to numb the tooth so you do not feel pain. At Atlas Dental, before delivering the local anaesthesia, the dentist uses topical numbing gel to numb the soft tissues so that you will feel very minimal discomfort.

It is not unusual to feel tooth sensitivity at first after getting a dental crown. Allow for a few days after the dental visit to see if the tooth sensitivity goes away.

If the tooth was already feeling discomfort before it was prepared for a crown, the pain may not go away. Discuss with your dentist your options should this be the case.

Generally, dental crowns last between five and 15 years. With regular brushing and flossing, crowns can last a lifetime. Because crowns should last at least five years, most insurance companies will provide coverage for a new crown after the first five years.

Crowns are recommended for specific reasons, often related to preventing tooth fractures and breakage, but are not absolutely necessary. Whether or not you get a dental crown is your decision, but you knowingly accept the risks of not getting a crown. If a tooth breaks in an unfavorable way, the tooth may have to be removed.

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