More about Dental Crowns: Cost, Procedure and FAQs


How Inexpensive Are Dental Crowns Overseas?

The cost of getting a dental crown, also called dental cap depends on the type of crown and the material used to make it. It also varies from place to place depending on the type of services offered in a dental facility, the post-procedure care and the expertise of the dental staff. The procedure is available in many countries at very low costs.



80 USD


120 USD


140 USD


210 USD

Costa Rica

330 USD


850   USD

How Much Time Will Dental Crowns Take? 

     Procedure Duration                                      1-1.5 hrs
    Average length of stay abroad        2 weeks (depends on time taken to craft crown in lab)   
    No. of trips required                                   2 visits



How Is A Dental Crown Procedure Performed?

Before a crown is prepared, the dentist reduces the size of the tooth so that the crown may fit properly over it, as all dental crowns need to have a minimal thickness in order to ensure adequate strength. An impression of the tooth is then formed in order to create an appropriate mold for the crown. First, a temporary crown is prepared. If the crown is being made using porcelain, the dentist pre-determines the correct shade of colour, to match it to the patient’s natural teeth.

Before fitting the temporary crown in place, the dentist anaesthetises the tooth being capped and the gum tissues surrounding it. Then, the temporary crown is placed over the tooth, to assess the need for necessary modifications to be made in the permanent crown.

The dentist ensures that any discomfort experienced by the patient is taken care of. These adjustments are then made in the permanent crown that is prepared in the laboratory.  
During the next visit, when the permanent crown is ready, the dentist replaces the temporary crown with the permanent one, and cements it in place.
Each appointment lasts for about an hour.  



Important Things To Know About Dental Crowns

  • The patient should adopt good oral hygiene habits after the recovery as the tooth under the crown may develop a cavity, if not brushed regularly.
  • The patient should avoid sticky foods, ice or hard candy and chew using the unaltered side of the mouth, while the temporary crown is in place. 



Frequently Asked Questions For Dental Crowns

1. How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns can last between 5 to 15 years on an average. However, this depends greatly on the amount of wear and tear it is exposed to, along with the oral hygiene habits of the individual. The patient should be careful not to bite fingernails or use their teeth to open packaged food.

2. Is there any other alternative to a dental crown?
Although there is no other equivalent alternative which secures the tooth as effectively as a dental crown, the patient can opt for a cavity filling procedure or tooth extraction.

3. Does a crowned tooth require special care?
A crowned tooth is not protected from tooth decay or gum disease. Therefore, one must continue to follow good oral hygiene habits to prevent any ailments.

4. Will the patient experience any pain while getting a dental crown?
The tooth and its surrounding gum tissues are numbed using an anaesthetic while carrying out the crowning procedure, to relieve pain. However, after the anaesthesia wears off, the patient may experience mild sensitivity or soreness in the gums around the tooth. This pain is minimal and shouldn’t last long.

5. What are the possible risks the patient may face, after getting a dental crown?
The nerves in the treatment site can at times become irreversibly inflamed, due to excess pressure placed on the tooth during crown preparation. This may necessitate a root canal treatment. A crack or chip in the crown may develop, if the core of the tooth holding the crown is too weak and then the crown may even fall off.

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