That question is highly variable, depending on where you live..(ie, urban vs rural, US vs other countries) and the cost of the laboratory your dentist will be using to construct the crown.
Endodontists are dental specialists that have additional graduate training, and they specialize in root canals, and other advanced therapies that can be life saving to a tooth. They tend to have much better success rates in treatment outcomes, but also tend to be more expensive ( in an urban area, as much as 900$ to 1,200$ for an upper molar). General dentists may charge less, but may also be more likely to fracture or fail the attempted proceedure, which may result in tooth loss. Failure is possible, in any event, namely because a root canal is indicated when a vital tooth is quite sick, anyway.
Crown costs are dependent on quality of the material (gold or porcelaine), the quality or fee charged by the lab the dentist chooses, and how much profit the dentist chooses to make off the proceedure. I have heard of fees as low as 400$ for stainless steel 'shells' in US rural areas (bad idea..), or prices as high as $2,000 per crown, if by high profile dentists in urban practices. An average estimate in an urban area in the US might be 800-1000$ for a full coverage, noble metal crown.
A good way to find a good honest general dentist, is to call several local "Periodontists". They are specialists that see the best, and worst of general dentistry.
from 'More than you wanted to know...' A dental professional, and former dental educator.
· 1 decade ago