It's possible that the procedure for placing either type of crown (PFM or zirconia) could be fairly identical. If so, the main difference between the two (in terms of your dentist's costs) would be the fee charged by the dental laboratory that fabricates the crown.

We Googled "lab fee zirconia crown" and found a company website that stated that their lab fee for a PFM crown was around $145. Their fee for a porcelain-fused-to-zirconia crown was about $225. However the cost of a full-contour (monolithic) zirconia crown (a crown CAD-CAM ground out of a single block of ceramic) was about $165.

So it does matter what type of zirconia crown is being placed. Beyond that, we've got nothing to say.

As a second scenario, your case could involve the situation where your dentist plans to place the zirconia crown in just one office visit (making the crown using CAD-CAM equipment in their own office) (pfm crowns never are placed in a single day, it takes time to have a lab make them). In this case, evidently there is a premium being charged for this same-day service.

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