October 21, 2021 by Dr. Abhi Singh

Cost of Dental Crowns: Detailed Guide

Crowns are a popular choice to restore the integrity of your teeth. A custom crown is made up of porcelain or metal, which covers the tooth and can cover any number of issues. Crowns are sometimes necessary when there is decay, damage from an accident, or cracks in the teeth. The cost for one tooth crown will vary depending on what type you need, crown placement, and how many you require at once. There is no fixed price because there are so many different factors that determine cost. You may want to consider this before getting your teeth worked on.

This article will explore how much the average cost of dental crowns in Australia is, so you know what to expect or budget for when getting your dental work done.

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns, also known as a “cap”, are a type of false tooth. They are a type of dental treatment that is used to restore the function and aesthetics of teeth. This false tooth usually covers the entire surface of your damaged teeth or decayed teeth, and it can cover an implant as well. They can be made from a variety of materials, depending on what is needed for the individual patient. 

It should be noted that crowned teeth will not last forever; after many years, they may need to be replaced with another crown. It is because natural teeth become worn down over time, and eventually, there won’t be anything left for the crown to hold onto.

Dental crowns are a cost-effective way to restore the function of your teeth and gums. The best thing about dental crowns is that they’re so easy to care for, too! You can gently brush them like you would with any other tooth surface. 

The Cost of Dental Crowns

It’s important to have good dental health, which includes regular checkups and cleanings. As we all know, dental care is not cheap, and one of the more expensive procedures is getting a crown, but it can be worth it in the long run. The following are the estimated dental crown prices in Western Australia:

Types of Crowns:

  • Crowns made of porcelain fused to metal cost around $1529 to $1760 per tooth.
  • Ceramic Crowns / Porcelain Crowns cost between $1571 to $1831 per tooth.
  • Metal alloy and gold crowns range in price from $1571 to $1831 per tooth, but may vary depending on the current price of metal or gold.

Common Reasons You Need A Dental Crown

Tooth decay is caused by plaque, bacteria and acids that break down enamel. The enamel protects the interior of your mouth from food particles, bacteria, and other organisms. 

Final restoration after root canal treatment or endodontic treatment: 

A dental crown is used after root canal therapy has been completed on a tooth to restore or protect the damaged portion of the tooth. Dental crowns protect your tooth by covering any exposed tissue after root canal treatment is done. The dental procedure assists in preventing further damage to the tooth and restoring normal chewing function in damaged areas without discomfort or sensitivity.

Chipped or cracked teeth

There are several reasons why permanent teeth can chip or crack. Continuing dental work, traumatic injury, nighttime grinding (bruxism), jaw clenching, and other harmful habits increase the probability of tooth breaking. It will result in the tooth’s structure becoming fragile and more vulnerable to fractures.

Cracked or chipped teeth can be a severe issue. A crown is necessary if the cracks in the teeth are severe. It requires a dental crown to decrease the chance of infection and prevent further breakage. If you grind or clench your jaw while sleeping, mouthguards will usually be advised in addition to treating fractured teeth, or weakened teeth.

A tooth that has decayed

A bacterial infection leads to tooth decay or dental caries. If left unchecked, the Streptococcus Mutans bacteria can produce a potent acid that causes your teeth’s enamel to erode and form cavities. A cavity that is neglected might damage the teeth’s structure and eventually lead to more significant harm. A dental crown may preserve the remaining healthy original tooth structure if caries is treated immediately.

Furthermore, if you are experiencing pain or have dental decay that is likely causing harm to other areas in your mouth, wearing a dental cap could be beneficial. In this way, bacteria won’t be spread into other areas of your mouth, causing further damage.

A large filling

Teeth may weaken with time, and significant old traditional fillings may not be secure in some cases. Crowns are also highly recommended if you have substantial cavities near your nerves in your mouth since they will both support them and act as a barrier against bacteria.

Dentists frequently recommend dental crowns as the best dental treatment option for these kinds of dental issues, since they offer an improved aesthetic appeal and give your natural tooth structure the necessary support it needs.

Restoration failure

When the restoration of a tooth would put its survival at risk, a dental crown procedure is an option. After a major repair, a fracture-prone tooth might break. A crown should be used to preserve the tooth’s strength and ensure that it functions properly. On its own, other types of restoration may not be enough to maintain the tooth’s position. A tooth fracture or crack can happen if a high-impact or continuous heavy masticating (chewing) force is applied.

Aesthetic appearance

A person who is dissatisfied with their dental appearance may choose to have them corrected through cosmetic dentistry. Crowns are beneficial in changing the appearance of your smile after you’ve had broken teeth, worn down teeth as a result of grinding or age. These procedures are typically undertaken to repair or restore discoloured teeth, misshapen teeth, or missing teeth. In this case, crowns or porcelain veneers are frequently advised.

Replacing a missing tooth

Dental crowns are one of the most frequently performed dental restorative procedures. An artificial crown may be attached to a dental implant and utilised as a prosthetic tooth. The prosthetic tooth is attached to the implant and, once osseointegration has occurred, the fake tooth is placed on top. Dental crowns, dental bridges, and complete and partial dentures are the most frequent prostheses.

The Procedure for Dental Crowns

Multiple day visits with a temporary crown

Traditionally, you’ll have to go to the dentist twice for a crown.

Step 1: Impression and shade taking

The dentist carries out an examination and preparation of the tooth for the crown on the dental clinic initial visit. It involves obtaining X-rays of the tooth and then shading the other teeth to blend the crown. In some cases, an impression of your teeth or mouth is also prepared before the procedure.

Step 2: Preparation: 

The tooth will be trimmed down, and your dentist will file part of the outer layer to make space for the crown.

Step 3: Taking of final impression

During the dental process, an impression of your trimmed tooth and surrounding teeth is taken.

Step 4: Creating a temporary crown

A temporary crown will be placed over your entire tooth to protect it while the permanent crown is being made.

A dental laboratory makes the dental crown from the impression sent by the dentist. It can take several weeks to complete this entire process.

Step 5: Application of the Permanent Crown

Your second dental visit will take place after 2-3 weeks. At this time, the temporary crown is removed, and the permanent crown is installed. Your dental professional will ensure that the colour of your dental crown blends in with the rest of your teeth and fits comfortably in your mouth.

A local anaesthetic is applied before the crown is placed (only upon the patient’s request). It numbs the area to be treated, ensuring that you feel no pain throughout the procedure. Then dental cement is used to keep the crown in place.

Same-day dental crown procedure

You can skip using the temporary crown if you undergo a single-visit treatment.

Step 1: The dentist takes digital images of your mouth.

Step 2: The dentist uses the digital image of each photograph to create the permanent crown in the dental office. Depending on the complexity of your crown, it might take anywhere from one to two hours to complete.

Step 3: After the crown is made, your dentist fixes it into place with dental cement. The procedure usually takes between two and four hours.

Not all dentists have the ability to create same-day crowns. Inquire about this option and the anticipated dental crown cost, especially if you don’t have dental insurance.

Final Thoughts

Dental crown treatment is often the best option for people who need to restore their teeth. They can be costly, so it’s essential that you know what your options are before committing to dental treatment.

If you’re looking for a dentist who offers quality dental care at an affordable price, contact us today! Our team will be happy to answer any questions or concerns that you may have about our services and provide more information on how we can help you with your oral health needs. Get in touch with us at 08 9532 0247 if you want peace of mind knowing that all your oral healthcare needs are being taken care of by experienced professionals right here in Perth.

AboutDr. Abhi Singh
Dr Abhi is a member of the Australian Dental Association and loves living and working in our community. He has over a decade of experience in all aspects of dentistry with a special interest in implants, wisdom teeth removal and cosmetic dentistry.