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Factors Affecting Dental Filling Cost

Stephen Malki Apr 27, 2017

A tooth-colored dental fillingWhen faced with tooth decay, dental fillings can help restore dental health and stop decay from progressing. Advances in restorative dentistry have led to aesthetically pleasing dental fillings made of tooth-colored materials. Many who require dental filling treatment have questions about the costs of dental fillings. The costs of dental fillings will vary based on a variety of factors, as we'll discuss here, so it is important to consult a dentist to find out the cost of treating your needs. To receive your personalized dental filling cost, contact River Edge, NJ dentist Stephen J. Malki. Now, let's take a look at some of the factors that affect the costs of dental fillings.

Type of Dental Filling

Dental fillings may be made of different types of materials, each of which come with their own costs. Dental fillings may be made of metal, including gold or silver amalgam, or they may be made of tooth-colored composite resin, ceramic, or glass ionomer.

Tooth-colored materials are generally more expensive than metal fillings and are not always covered by insurance. Silver amalgam is the least expensive material. Without dental insurance, the cost of metal dental fillings may range from $75 to $150 and $150 to $200 for tooth-colored fillings. Dental insurance can help decrease the cost of dental fillings, which will vary based on the specifics of each dental insurance plan. A general dental insurance plan may cover the costs of metal fillings or have a low cost of $10 to $50. Tooth-colored fillings covered in dental insurance plans may cost anywhere from $0 to $100.

Severity of Damage

Another factor that can affect the cost of dental filling treatment is the severity of dental damage. Although dental fillings are typically used to treat tooth decay, they may also be used to repair broken, cracked, or worn teeth. The greater the damage, the larger the filling must be, which typically translates into higher costs.

Dentist's Experience

The cost of dental filling treatment varies among dentists. More experienced dentists who have advanced training or other qualifications may have higher costs than those who have not been in the profession as long.

Dental Filling Costs and Insurance

Dental insurance may cover the cost of silver amalgam or gold fillings. Some plans may cover the cost of tooth-colored fillings up to the cost of silver amalgam fillings. Because each dental plan is different, it's important to verify what's covered by your insurer.

The Importance of Seeking Treatment

If you suffer from tooth decay or other dental damage, it is important to seek treatment as soon as possible to avoid further damage to your smile. If left untreated, issues like tooth decay, dental fractures, and worn teeth can lead to painful root canal infections and ultimately tooth loss. Seeking treatment with dental fillings can help restore the structure of damaged teeth for improved oral health.

Learn More about Your Treatment Options

To learn more about the costs of dental fillings, or to discuss your treatment options, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Malki.

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