How Much Does A Dental Crown Cost Without Carefree Dental?
There’s no way around it: this is an expensive procedure. There’s really no such thing as a cheap dental crown.
The exact cost will depend on the materials used, the condition of your tooth, and local rates. That said, you can expect to pay $500-$2,500 per tooth according to DocShop.
But that’s not all. Prior to any dental crown, you’ll probably have an oral exam with a cleaning and x-rays (this is how your provider diagnoses your need for a crown in the first place). The cost of these three procedures will increase your cost another $328 on average.
It’s a lot of money, but fortunately you do have several options and payment plans for dental crowns to get a discount and reduce the amount you have to pay.
What’s Included With That Price?
Getting a crown typically requires two visits. During the first visit, the dentist will give you a temporary crown and create a mold of your tooth. He or she will then ship that mold off to a laboratory, where they’ll use it to make a permanent crown that’s custom-made to fit your mouth.
About 2-3 weeks later, you’ll come in for your second appointment. This time the dentist will cement your permanent crown into place for good.
The price you pay your provider should cover both of these visits, plus all the materials used to create your crown. Depending on the state of your tooth, your dentist may recommend one of these materials:
- Stainless steel
- Metal alloys
- Porcelain fused to metal or zirconia
- Dental composite
- All-resin, ceramic, or porcelain
Keep in mind that most dental crowns will last approximately 5-15 years, and may need to be replaced several times over your lifetime. Your initial fee will not cover any of these replacements.
What Are Your Options For Getting a Discount Dental Crown?
Pay out-of-pocket. This is certainly your worst option when it comes to dental crowns, because you’ll have to pay the entire bill yourself. For many people this just isn’t an affordable option.
Get dental insurance. This isn’t a bad option. Dental insurance will certainly reduce the amount you pay out-of-pocket for your crown, although it may not save you as much as you think. There are three main reasons for this:
- Annual savings caps. Most forms of dental insurance will cap your annual savings at $1,000-$1,500. But the cost of a crown can go over $2,000 for each tooth. In other words, you could end up paying $1,000 or more out-of-pocket for a single crown--even if you have insurance.
- Cosmetic procedures aren’t covered. While insurance will most likely cover a crown that is medically necessary, it usually will not cover crowns that are done for strictly cosmetic reasons.
- Restoration limits. Some forms of insurance also put a cap on the number of restorations you can have in a year. Make sure to ask your insurance carrier about this before getting your crown work done, because it could result in the procedure not being covered by your insurance.
Use Carefree Dental. The easiest and simplest way to save big on your dental crown is to sign up with Carefree Dental.
Unlike insurance, Carefree Dental has no paperwork to fill out, claims to file, or hoops to jump through. Just show your card during your appointment to automatically save 15-50% per visit*, in most instances, on your bill.
Carefree Dental has no annual savings limits, which means you can use it over and over again--no matter how much dental work you need. There are no contracts, so you can cancel anytime.
Oh, and did we mention that one card works for your entire household?
Can You Use Both Carefree Dental and Dental Insurance?
One of the most common questions we get is, “Can I use my Carefree Dental Card along with my dental insurance to save even more money?”
While you can’t use them both on the same appointment, you can use them both in these two situations:
- Use Carefree after you hit your annual savings cap. If your dental insurance only provides $1,000 in savings each year and you end up needing $2,000 in dental work, then you can use your Carefree Dental Card on the remaining $1,000 and save an extra $150-$500 (15-50% per visit*, in most instances).
- Use Carefree on procedures your insurance doesn’t cover. If you want a crown to fix the appearance of one of your front teeth, you might not be covered by your insurance (because it’s a cosmetic procedure). But you can still use your Carefree Dental card for this procedure!
Of course, you’ll need to make sure your provider accepts both your dental insurance and the Carefree Dental card. Fortunately, Carefree works on the Aetna Dental Access Network®. Aetna Dental Access® is sure to include a great dentist near you.
Find out if your dentist accepts the Carefree Dental Card!
Are There Dental Crown Payment Plans?
While most people pay for their crowns prior to getting the treatment, you can sometimes pay for the procedure with monthly financing. This can help split up a large bill into smaller, more manageable payments. Just keep in mind that a payment plan will incur interest, which means you’ll end up paying more money in the long run.
What Is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns serve a range of valuable functions. According to WedMd.com, a dental crown can be used to:
- Protect a weak tooth
- Restore a broken tooth
- Support a tooth with a large filling
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Cover misshapen or discolored teeth
- Cover an implant
- Improve the appearance of a tooth
Weakened, brittle teeth are more prone to fracturing when chewing tough foods. By covering these fragile teeth with a dental crown, you’re protecting them from hard foods and preventing tooth breakage--which would ultimately be a painful and expensive problem to fix.
Dental crowns also serve a cosmetic purpose, which is taking misshapen or discolored teeth and covering them in a natural-looking cap. This will help to ensure that you have a great-looking smile so you can feel confident flashing those pearly whites.
Your Card Includes Vision & Prescription Benefits, Too
Your new discount card with Carefree will also give you significant discounts on vision & prescription benefits included at no extra charge.
That means you’ll also save big on eye exams, glasses, and prescription medications from pharmacies like CVS and Target.
Save 10–60% on glasses, contacts, Lasik surgery, eye exams, and even designer eyewear.
Save 10–85% at over 60,000 pharmacies including CVS, Rite Aid, and Target.
For a Truly Affordable Dental Crown, Sign Up for Carefree Dental
Carefree Dental is the smart way to save 15-50% per visit*, in most instances, on all your household’s dental expenses--even for procedures that insurance doesn’t cover. You’ll get access to Aetna Dental Access® and your card even gives you significant discounts on vision and prescription benefits for free.
There’s only one way to experience all these benefits, and that’s to sign up today.
Remember that Carefree Dental is guaranteed to save you money. You can cancel anytime, and you’re protected by not one, but two different money-back guarantees. In other words, you have nothing to lose by giving Carefree Dental a try.
So what are you waiting for?
"I went to the dentist for oral surgery and a set of dentures, the procedures were going to cost $7,000.00 but I only paid $3,000.00."
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* Actual costs and savings vary by provider, service and geographical area.
**As of August 2015