Dental Crowns in San Diego

How much does a crown cost in San Diego?

This is probably the most common question we get from patients, so let’s talk about that for a bit…

At Dental Design SD, we place several types of porcelain crowns, but may choose to work with other materials depending on tooth number, aesthetic considerations, and what your benefits allow.  We like to work with the best materials possible in order to ensure a good fit and beautiful aesthetics.

The price of a crown in San Diego can vary depending on a number of factors. Your dental benefits, type of materials used, and turnaround time can affect the final price. For those with dental benefits such as Delta Dental or Cigna, we typically see contracted prices for basic porcelain crowns (D2740) in the $650-$1300 range.

According to Fair Health Consumer, a third party reference for healthcare prices, the 2018 out-of-pocket cost for a crown in the 92121 zip code is $1,450.  Dental Design SD offers an in-house benefits plan for those without insurance that can save you up to 20% on certain procedures.

If you want to check how much a crown costs in your area, we recommend visiting Fair Health Consumer and entering in codes D2740 and D2750 to compare prices.

Price for Zirconia Dental Crowns in San Diego

  • With PPO Insurance: $650-$1,300

  • Out of Pocket: $1,371

CEREC – Chairside CAD/CAM Ceramic Crowns

Using CAD/CAM technology coupled to an onsite milling machine, we have the ability to design and deliver ceramic crowns in one visit. From start to finish, the average wait time can be approximately 2 hours. The materials used for ceramic crowns typically wear the same as natural teeth, and have shown durability beyond 5 years.

Zirconia Porcelain Crowns

This is our preferred crown of choice due to its durability and bond strength. Zirconia is the hardest known ceramic in the industry, and we have a fun video of Dr. Agatep trying to (unsuccessfully) shatter one with a hammer. When choosing Zirconia, we typically will provide you with a temporary crown, and send your digital impression to a local lab for the crown fabrication. Typical turnaround time is 5-8 days.


Have more questions? Give us a call at (858) 490-4281