Dentist's Commentary] Introducing the price and life span of ceramics, as well as those covered by insurance.

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Last updated May 13, 2022


I've got a cavity and I'm going to have to get it covered or filled...
I would like to have white ceramic for appearance, how much does it cost?


If it's a self-funded ceramic, the average is about 100,000 yen per piece.Ceramic implants that are covered by insurance cost about 10,000 yen each.
In this article, we will introduce the price and life expectancy of ceramics, as well as those covered by insurance!

Ceramic Price

Ceramic Price

Ceramic prices are,It is determined by the type of ceramic and the procedure used to create the ceramic.

There are several types of ceramics, and the cost is basically out-of-pocket, but hybrid ceramics may be covered by insurance under certain conditions.

For ceramics that are not covered by insurance, the reproduction and strength of natural teeth, the technical fees of the dental staff involved in creating ceramics, equipment costs, fluctuations in raw material costs, and regional differences due to the location of the dental office,Prices vary from dentist to dentist.

Ceramic Types and Prices

The prices for each type of ceramic are as follows. The cost varies slightly depending on whether it is a filling (inlay) or a covering (crown) that covers the entire tooth.

Hybrid ceramicsSelf-financing→approx. 25,000-70,000 yen
Insurance coverage→approx. 10,000 yen
Feldspar all-ceramicApprox. 40,000-150,000 yen
e-maxApprox. 40,000-10,000 yen
Metal Bond CrownApprox. 70,000-120,000 yen
zirconia ceramicApprox. 40,000-100,000 yen
zirconia bondApprox. 100,000-160,000 yen
zirconia stainApprox. 55,000-10,000 yen

Hybrid ceramics

  • Inlay→approx. 25,000-35,000 yen
  • Crown (front tooth)→approx. 35,000-70,000 yen
  • Crown (back teeth)→approx. 50,000-70,000 yen
  • Hybrid ceramic using CADCAM covered by insurance → Approx. 10,000 yen

These are fillings or coverings made of ceramic mixed with plastic.

However, they do not have the transparency of natural teeth, and they also have the disadvantages of plastic, such as the tendency to absorb pigments and odors,Short durability and longevityIt is.

Feldspar-based all-ceramic (Cerec, etc.)

  • Inlay → 40,000-85,000 yen
  • Crown (front tooth)→70,000-150,000 yen
  • Crown (back teeth)→60,000-150,000 yen

High transparencyFillings and coverings made entirely of ceramic (pottery).They are highly esthetic, with a texture similar to natural teeth and a wide variety of colors. Prices vary depending on whether they are made entirely by machine or by hand. Because they are prone to chipping and cracking when force is applied,It is not often used on back teeth.

Because the term "all-ceramic" can be used in a wide range of applications, some clinics refer to crowns with a zirconia base and a ceramic surface as all-ceramic.


  • Inlay → 40,000-60,000 yen
  • Crowns (front and back teeth)→100,000 yen

Made of lithium disilicate glassHigh-strength all-ceramicand is also called next-generation ceramics.

Metal Bond Crown

  • Inlay → None
  • Crown (front tooth) → 70,000-120,000 yen
  • Crown (back teeth) → 80,000-120,000 yen

The surface of the metal covering is coated with all-ceramic.No inlays.

The metal components used inside dissolve in the mouth,May cause metal allergies and darkening of the gums.

zirconia ceramic

  • Inlay → 40,000-60,000 yen
  • Crown (front tooth)→50,000-150,000 yen
  • Crown (back teeth)→50,000-100,000 yen

Same as synthetic diamondsFillings and coverings made of zirconium dioxide.The material is used in accessories, space shuttles, and artificial joints, and is strong enough not to break even if an elephant steps on it.

Since it can be used for force-sensitive areas such as back teeth and bridges and does not use metal at all, there is no concern about the color of the metal transferring to the gums after setting and turning them black or causing metal allergies.

However,Because of their lower transparency, their color and texture may be inferior to those of all-ceramics.

zirconia bond

  • Inlay → None
  • Crowns (front and back teeth)→100,000-160,000 yen

This is a ceramic covering on the surface of zirconia to improve esthetics.

Zirconia Stain Crown

  • Inlay → None
  • Crown (front tooth)→55,000-150,000 yen
  • Crown (back teeth)→55,000-100,000 yen

This is a zirconia covering with a colored surface.Color gradation reproduces the texture of natural teeth.

Procedures and prices for creating ceramics

The following procedures may be performed before ceramics are placed in the teeth, and some clinicsAdditional costs will be incurred.The following is a list of the most common problems with the

  • Tooth nerve treatment → several thousand yen for insurance, 30,000-150,000 yen for self-financing
  • Foundation (core) → several thousand yen for insurance, 15,000-30,000 for self-financing
  • Temporary teeth preparation fee: 2,500 yen to 5,000 yen per tooth
  • Technician's presence → Varies from clinic to clinic.

*The cost of each varies from dentist to dentist.
*Although a technician can be present to discuss the more natural color and form of the ceramic,Dental offices that do not have a technician on staff may not be able to be present.

Ceramic Life Span

Ceramic Price Lifetime

The life expectancy of ceramics is as follows

Hybrid ceramics inlay Approx. 7-8 years
crown Approx. 5 years
all-ceramic inlay Approx. 10-15 years
crown Approx. 10-15 years
e-max inlay Approx. 10-15 years
crown Approx. 10-15 years
Metal Bond Crown inlay nashi (Pyrus pyrifolia, esp. var. culta)
crown Approx. 8 to 10 years
zirconia ceramic inlay Approx. 10 years
crown Approx. 15-20 years
zirconia bond inlay nashi (Pyrus pyrifolia, esp. var. culta)
crown Approx. 10-15 years
zirconia stain inlay nashi (Pyrus pyrifolia, esp. var. culta)
crown Approx. 15-20 years

It can last for decades with good care, but there is some coloring on the edges as the years go by. Also,Even if the ceramic does not break, the inlay or crown may come off due to the life of the cement.

If the surface of the zirconia is covered with ceramic or colored,The ceramic and color may peel off and the appearance may have a long life ahead of time.

Ceramic covered by insurance

Ceramic Price

Ceramic inlays and crowns are basically not covered by insurance, but the need for metal-free coverings has been recognized by the government due to metal allergy problems,Hybrid ceramic crowns using CADCAM (CADCAM crowns) can be used with insurance if conditions are met.

Note: (CADCAM inlays are also covered by insurance from April 2022)because of ...the followingWithin the itemI have added a note.Oh my god!!!)

CADCAM crowns are made by scanning a three-dimensional model of the tooth and cutting out a block of hybrid ceramic using a computer-controlled machine. Because they are made by machine rather than handmade by a dental technician, the teeth are shaped and molded on the first day, and set and completed on the second day.

Insurance coverage conditions for CADCAM crowns

How can CADCAM crowns be covered by insurance?All four 12-year-old molars (second molars, seventh tooth from the front) must be present and meshing normally.

The strength of CADCAM crowns is weaker than that of metal or zirconia, and in cases with poorly aligned teeth or missing teeth due to decay, the CADCAM crowns are subjected to too much stress when bitten into, causing them to break, A dentist's examination is necessary to determine if the CADCAM crown can withstand the forces of biting.

CADCAM crowns cannot be remade with insurance coverage for two years after they are made with insurance coverage,If it is broken, insurance is not accepted for rebuilding and will cost 10% of the cost.

CADCAM crowns covered by insurance

Applicable from premolars to 6-year-old molars (first molars, sixth tooth from the front)It is. In addition, people with metal allergies are covered up to 12-year-old molars (second molars, the seventh tooth from the front).

Insurance coverage for CADCAM inlays from April 2022

CADCAM inlays will be covered by insurance from April 2022 due to the revision of insurance reimbursement.useThe company is now in the process of

The material is the same as CADCAM crowns and can be used for bicuspids and first molars. (For first molars, insurance coverage is available only when four upper and lower second molars are present.)

Although covered by insurance, the technical fee is set higher than for metal or resin inlays.

Many people were concerned about the conspicuousness of silver teeth on bicuspids, so they were happy to be able to have discreet ceramics covered by insurance.

Just,Ceramic is a hybrid ceramic, which is a range of materials designated by the government (ceramics that contain a large amount of plastic), so its strength and esthetics are inferior to self-financing treatments.

Also, depending on the skill of the doctor, we often hear that the fit is not so good because of the machine work, and that there are more gaps between teeth and fillings than with self-furnished ones, which can easily lead to staining and cavities.

Consider not only price, but also longevity, strength, and esthetics of ceramics.

Ceramic Price

There are different types of ceramics, and their prices vary depending on their longevity, strength, and esthetics; some, such as CADCAM crowns, can be placed cheaply and are covered by insurance, but the reality is,It is recommended that you choose one that is less likely to break in the long run and has a longer aesthetic and longevity.

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Graduated from Nagasaki University School of Dentistry, ~2018 Kyushu Medical Center, 2018-present Working at a dental clinic in Tokyo

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