How Much Does a Filling Cost?
Factors Affecting Cost
The cost of a filling will depend on the extent of decay and the type of material used.
There are several factors which will largely determine the cost of your treatment including the condition of your smile, the materials selected, and whether you decide to receive sedation during the procedure.
Extent of Your Decay
Before placing a filling, your dentist will first remove the decayed portions of enamel and dentin. Larger cavities will result in higher treatment costs. A well-trained dentist will always recommend the most conservative treatment possible, meaning fillings will be the first line of defense if signs of decay cannot be reserved.
Investing in a filling to repair your tooth today can minimize your risk of requiring more costly treatments such as root canal therapy, extraction, and restoration in the future.
Location of the Damaged Tooth
Because of their larger size and hard-to-reach location, fillings placed on molars are generally more expensive. However, smaller teeth towards the front of your mouth are more visible when you smile. Most patients elect for a tooth-colored filling in these cases. Tooth-colored fillings are more expensive than traditional amalgam fillings because the composite resin is a higher quality material.
Type of Filling
Whether Sedation Is Needed
Although most patients are able to receive a filling with local anesthesia alone, those with severe dental anxiety or phobia may choose to be sedated. These medications can help you relax during the procedure, but will increase the overall cost of your treatment.
Are Fillings Covered by Insurance?
Dental fillings are not an elective or cosmetic procedure, which means that your insurance provider should partially or fully cover your care. Patients can expect to pay about $10 to $50 in out-of-pocket costs for a metal filling and between $40 and $100 if they choose composite. If you do not have dental insurance, the cost of a filling is relatively inexpensive when compared to other dental procedures.
It is important to remember that leaving a cavity untreated can lead to excessive discomfort and tooth loss, which can require more expensive and complex restorative procedures. Do not delay the placement of a filling due concerns over costs. Your dentist likely accepts financing so you can receive the care you need to protect your oral health.
- American College of Prosthodontics (ACP)
- Academy of Osseointegration (AO)
- International Team for Implantology (ITI)
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