To understand the cost of crowns one would have to first understand the different categories of crowns.
1. Metal Crowns – Made of stainless steel type of alloy. Can only be given in posterior teeth as they are not tooth coloured. They are high strength crowns while being the cheapest of the lot.
2. Metal Ceramic Crowns- Innermost portion is made of metal alloy and the outermost surface is made of ceramic. As they are tooth coloured they can be given both in the front as well as the posterior region. They are also pocket friendly but as compared to others they are in the weakest category.
3. All-Ceramic Crowns- They are tooth coloured crowns with zero metal content. They can be matched to a natural tooth and are aesthetically most pleasing. They can be prepared from different materials therefore there strength would vary. Generally, they have high strength and are inert in nature.
Zirconia and Alumina are two one of the hardest material. They added to increase the strength of these crowns.
Crowns are prepared in dental labs. It can be a local lab in the city or it can be from a multinational company. Some of the famous multinational brands are 3M, Dentsply, Ivoclar, GC and Bruxzir etc. GC is a Japanese brand while 3M is an American brand. These MNCs offer a free replacement warranty of up to 20 years depending on the crown selected. They deliver the crown with a warranty card. These warranty cards would have a specific verification number and a bar code so that they can be verified online. These crowns can be replaced in all major cities in India. Some companies also offer international warranties applicable in the majority of countries. It is not necessary to get them replaced by the same dentist who had delivered the crown. Although the new dentist would charge for the procedure the crown would be replaced free of cost by the company. While Local labs will offer a warranty only through the treating dentist who had delivered the crown.
Cost of metal crowns may range between 2000/- to 7000/- in Lucknow. Cost of Metal Ceramic crowns range between 3000/- to 8000/-. Cost of All-Ceramic or Zirconia crowns ranges between 7000/- to 20000/-. Local labs offer a free replacement warranty of up to 10 years. While the branded crowns in Lucknow may vary between 8000/- to 20000/-.