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How much should a dental cap cost?
March 11, 2009 11:21PM
The fee for a dental cap - also know as a dental crown varies according to three
main factors, the materials used in the crown, the geographical location of the dentist, and the speciality of the dentist.
Crowns are made from all sorts of different material. For example,
1. Gold alloy crowns are the most expensive, particularly as the price of gold has risen over the past few years quite dramatically. This is the longest lasting, but many people don't like to see gold in their teeth and prefer the more natural porcelain. A full cast - the most expensive - High noble Bold Crown will cost an average of $1350.
2. Porcelain fused to gold alloy (Different alloys are available; the more precious metal, the higher the dentist's lab fee) You can expect to pay around an average of $912 for
a porcelain crown fused to gold alloy.
3. Porcelain fused to non-precious metal You can expect to pay around an average of $850 for a porcelain crown fused to non-precious metal. The cost to the dentist and the lab is nearly the same because it takes the same time no matter what the metal.
4. All porcelain - cheaper but easier to break. You can expect to pay around an average of $800 for all porcelain crown.
5. Composite resin. Some dentists use computer aided graphics to generate the caps and have them made right there and then in the office. The equipment is expensive, and the cost has to be passed on.
These average fees may vary considerably according to the location of the dentist. For example dentists in New York, San Francisco and LA always charge considerably more because of the higher cost of living in these areas. To find out prices in your local area try http://www.smarthealthbuyer.com/Dental/ which has a comprehensive database of dental costs.
A specialist dentist may also charge more for the work. As in everything you get what you pay for. A dental specialist will often produce work which is of a much higher quality than a generalist.