Additional Information for Veneers & Crowns

Porcelain Veneers Cost

Porcelain veneers are sometimes referred to as dental laminates or dental veneers.  These treatments are thin, custom-made shells that cover the front surfaces of teeth and improve the appearance of teeth.  Porcelain veneers are designed to enhance the appearance of teeth and can be used to alter the shape, size, length, or color of the natural tooth.  The procedure is performed in your dentist’s office, but the veneers themselves are made in a dental lab.

Dental veneers can greatly enhance a patient’s confidence because they can significantly improve the look of one’s smile.  Of course, patients want to know if the procedure is worth the cost, and just what the cost will be.

As with any other dental procedure, the cost of porcelain veneers is affected by many factors.  The dentist’s fees, the cost to produce the veneers, and the number of veneers required all affect porcelain veneers cost.

The cost of porcelain veneers will also vary, perhaps significantly, depending on the country, state, and city where the dentist and dental lab practice.

That said the cost of a single porcelain veneer can vary.   This estimate is also affected by the size of the veneer, the tooth on which the veneer will be placed, and the location of the veneer within the mouth.

Does Insurance Cover Veneers?

To answer this question, you should study your policy and contact your provider.  There may be certain circumstances under which porcelain veneer costs are covered, such as injury or accident.  Your health insurance may even provide some coverage for teeth treated as a result of an injury.

Some dentists also work with patients on payment plans to help make the cost of porcelain veneers more manageable.

Be an Informed Consumer

Do not let the cost of porcelain veneers be the only factor you consider as you look for a dentist to provide this service.  Perhaps you know someone who has had a great experience with porcelain veneers.  Ask him or her for a referral.  Make sure that the quality of care, not the cost of the treatment, is your top priority as you weigh your options.  The experience and the expertise of the dentist may be factors in the overall cost, and for good reason:  you do not want to save money only to have a negative dental experience or an end result with which you are not pleased.

Worth the Expense

If you choose porcelain veneers, chances are some of your problems will be solved for good.  If you take care of the veneers by avoiding staining foods, they can look great for years.  Porcelain veneers can restore misshapen teeth and help fix uneven shaping. The process itself is painless and generally takes place over 2 visits to the dentist.  Porcelain veneers are custom-made to fit your teeth, so your individualized needs and wants are taken into consideration throughout the process.  As with any other major purchase, you should weigh the cost and the return on investment when evaluating porcelain veneers.  After all, is it possible to put a price on the confidence that a beautiful smile can provide?


Dental Crowns Cost

Dental crowns are a restorative treatment used to protect weak teeth, to restore broken or severely worn teeth, to hold a dental bridge in place, to cover a dental implant, or to cover a tooth that has a large filling and of which little natural tooth remains.  Dental crowns are made from metal, resin, ceramic material, or porcelain that is fused to metal.  Generally, dental crowns look like natural teeth, and since they are custom-made to fit your individual needs, they can be a definite cosmetic enhancement.  Your dentist will do the preparation work necessary to fit the crown, and then the crown itself is made in a dental laboratory.  Dental crowns are then cemented in place in a procedure that does not involve much discomfort.  Dental crowns generally last 5 to 15 years.

Factors in Dental Crown Cost

What a dental crown costs depends on the materials from which the crown is made, its size, where it is used in the mouth. Dental procedures in large cities, for example, can cost more than those in rural areas, so geographic location does play a role in cost.

Which type of crown, and therefore what the dental crown cost is, is determined by the individual patient’s needs.  Which tooth is to be crowned may dictate the type of crown, since cosmetics, size, and chewing strength can all be factors in what crown material is most appropriate.

Check with your dental insurance provider to determine what portions of the dental crown cost are covered. Some policies pay a percentage of the cost, but they may not cover dental crowns placed for cosmetic reasons.

What is Included in Dental Crown Cost?

Usually, two dental office visits are required:  the first visit is used to prepare the teeth and take a final impression is needed. A second visit is needed to actually crown is placed in the patients mouth using permanent dental cements.

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