Dental Crown Costs & Insurance Tips
Depending on the type of procedure, the investment in your smile generally costs around $1,600. We explain some factors which impact that cost below. And rest assured, we discuss all procedures and their cost with you beforehand, ensuring you are comfortable to proceed.
Important Aspects About Dental Crowns
A dental crown is a custom-made treatment outcome. It is not a mass-produced, off the shelf product that can be purchased from any dental surgery or off the Internet. It is not a case of shopping around for the best price on exactly the same item.
Why? Well, imagine you needed a new finger. Would a one-size-fits-all approach really give you the best result? It’s a silly example we know, but it makes an easy example.
The long-term success of a crown depends on the position and condition of your tooth (or what’s left of it), your the oral health and habits as well as your general health overall.
It is also crucial to factor in the quality of the materials used and the experience and skill of your dentist.
Remember, your tooth is an important part of your body. Unlike injury to other body parts that heal readily, once your tooth has suffered damage from injury or decay it can not repair itself. That is why it is important to ensure that each tooth is treated carefully with as little change to it as possible.
Good dentistry is about ensuring this happens.
Crowns are classed as complex dentistry, and are covered to an extent by private health insurance companies.
There are limits as to how much rebate will be paid, how often and how much can be claimed in a period set by the private health insurer. These limits are set by the health insurance provider. One factor is your level of cover. Generally more expensive premiums cover more of the complex dental procedure.
You can contact your insurer to request information about exact rebates and restrictions.
There are a few specific item numbers which describe the process of a crown.
However, there may additional contributing treatments which are also associated with the crown procedure. For example:
- A crown on a root treated tooth may require extra steps in the preparation procedure.
- An x-ray (radiograph) will be required to confirm that the root treated tooth has healed and will support a crown.
- A post may be needed in the canal of the tooth. This gives extra support to the tooth and provides a firm basis for your crown. (Somewhat like a pylon to support a house foundation)
- It may be necessary to strengthen the tooth with a filling to repair areas that have been broken, extensively decayed or weakened by root canal access.
The only way to know exactly which item numbers apply to any process is to consult your dentist about your individual procedure.
What if I don’t have health insurance?
If cost is a concern, speak to your dentist. It may be possible to substitute a simpler alternative treatment. Payment plans may also be possible.
Alternatively, consider a short-term personal loan. If you care for your teeth after comprehensive treatment, your loan becomes a long-term investment in your health and wellbeing.
Do crowns have a warranty?
We use a reputable laboratory who use quality materials that have been TGA approved.
Any problems which may arise due to a fault with materials will be remedied.
Any sensitivity or discomfort after a crown has been placed is immediately and thoroughly explored and remedied, usually at no cost to the patient.
We give you all the information you need about caring for your crown and what to can expect of it, both during the process and after your crown has been placed.
Our dentists will monitor the condition of your crown, it’s contact with surrounding teeth and the condition of the surrounding gum. We’ll do this on an ongoing basis as part of your check-up routine. This way, any potential problems can be highlighted and hopefully averted.
It may be tempting to combine a holiday and extensive dental treatment, citing a much cheaper price for dental work compared with the same work in Australia.
However, complex procedures, particularly if multiple complex procedures are anticipated in a limited time frame, are more likely to result in complications.
Healing time, especially with complex procedures
There may less time to heal properly before the next treatment phase is initiated. These complications may involve serious health consequences which may be ongoing and expensive to treat. This may result in a longer stay to recover which in turn may mean additional accommodation costs and jeopardise work and further travel plans. Compromised health may result in life-long complications and treatments.
Lower quality materials means shorter life of product
Crowns that may not be fabricated from quality materials may irritate oral tissue or break down prematurely.
Repair work issues means higher costs
Once there are problems with a crown, further expense would be generated to return to the overseas provider who may not be open to remediation or restitution.
If the patient is unable or unwilling to return to the point of treatment, having repair work in Australia may mean more complex dentistry to fix the problems.
Travel insurance issues
Travel insurance for dental tourism is limited in its cover and even the dental tourism companies will not guarantee refunds, reparation or compensation for outcomes that are not favourable.
The bottom line is that cheap, overseas dental work may be more expensive than it seems.
See more in our Risks of Overseas Dental Treatment section.