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How Much Does a Filling Cost Without Insurance?

Michael Bayba
Written by
Michael Bayba
Medically Reviewed by 
Dr. Lara Coseo

How Much Does a Filling Cost Without Insurance?

Without dental insurance, the average cost of a filling is $200 to $600.

However, the cost can range from $100 to $4,000 depending on the size and location of your cavity, as well as the type of filling material.

Other factors that affect dental filling costs include:

  • How many teeth need fillings — Obviously, the more teeth that need treatment, the higher the cost.
  • Which teeth need fillings — Cavity fillings in molars, or other hard to reach places, may cost more if extra time or equipment is needed.
  • Size of the cavity — If the size of the cavity is extra-large, or the tooth decay is very advanced, it may require more material and work. Then the cost of the filling might increase.
  • Any extra conditions — If the tooth or gums are infected, multiple dental visits and treatments may be required, which will be additional costs.
  • Location — The costs of dental treatments vary by region.
  • Dentist — Every dental office has its own unique pricing and payment options.

Types of Fillings and their Costs

The type of material used is the most significant factor in determining the cost of dental fillings without insurance coverage.  

Cost of Silver Amalgam Fillings

Silver amalgam, also known as metal fillings, are the cheapest type of filling. These types of fillings cost $50 to $200 if one or two surfaces need to be filled or $150 to $400 for three or more tooth fillings. 

Silver amalgam fillings are made from a combination of various materials including silver, tin, zinc, mercury, and copper. They are durable, lasting up to 10 years.

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However, they are less popular than other options because their silver coloring makes them much more noticeable than other types of fillings. There is also the potential for the metal to expand and cause fractures in the teeth.

Cost of Composite Fillings

Composite, or composite resin fillings, usually cost between $150 to $300 for one or two surfaces or $200 to $550 for three or more surfaces.

Resin-based composite fillings are slightly more expensive than silver fillings. However, they are still cheaper than gold or porcelain fillings.

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Their main advantage is that they are the same color as tooth enamel. They are especially popular for front teeth and surfaces that are clearly visible. 

The resin composite material is not as durable as metal, so they usually have to be replaced every five years. However, with proper maintenance, they can last longer, up to 10 or 15 years.

Cost of Gold Fillings

Cast gold, gold foil, and gold inlays can cost between $300 and $1,000 for one or two surfaces and $450 to $1,800 for three or more fillings.

Gold fillings last a long time, up to several decades, and some people like the way they look more than silver fillings. However, it is rare to find a dentist that still uses gold for dental restorations.

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Cost of Porcelain Fillings (Inlays)

Porcelain fillings, also known as inlays, will cost you anywhere from $300 to $4,500 per procedure. According to the ADA, inlays are not technically “fillings,” though they can serve the same purpose.

Porcelain-ceramic inlays are the longest and most expensive filling procedure. First, you’ll have your tooth to be drilled. Then the doctor will take an impression of your tooth and the inlay will be made in a lab, based on the impression. These fillings are the most aesthetically pleasing as they are more resistant to staining. They last up to 15 years. 

Additional Costs

There may be additional dental procedures required to diagnose your oral health or improve dental work quality. Additional dental services that may be necessary include:

Dental ProcedureCost
Dental exam$50-$200
Panoramic X-ray$100-$250
Bitewing X-ray$25-$50
Periapical X-ray$25-$50
Laughing gas$40-$150
Conscious sedation/local anesthetic$75-$500
IV sedation and anesthesia$500-$800

How to Save Money on Cavity Fillings

If you don’t have a dental insurance plan, the cost of check-ups, fillings, and other routine dental procedures add up quickly. Many people accrue debt by putting their dental work on a credit card.

To save money, you can join a discount dental plan, which is a membership club. You will pay an annual membership fee, starting as low as $99. In return, you’ll receive discounted dental health care from practitioners in your network. You can save money on procedures including:

  • Cavity fillings
  • Inlays and onlays
  • Root canal treatment
  • Dental crowns
  • Dental implants
  • Teeth whitening treatment
  • Veneers

People with relatively healthy mouths, who don’t have significant gum or teeth issues, may save more money with a dental discount plan over traditional insurance.

If you only need routine teeth cleanings and occasional dental work, check out Dental Plans. There are also dental assistance programs for low cost options.

Cavity Filling Cost FAQs

How much should a tooth filling cost?

For one or two surfaces, a tooth filling should cost:

Silver amalgam — $50 to $200
Composite resin — $150 to $300
Gold fillings — $300 to $1,000
Porcelain inlays — $300 to $4,500

How much does dental work cost without insurance?

The average price of dental care without insurance is:

Routine exam and cleaning — $150 to $350
Tooth extraction — $150 to 300 per tooth
Wisdom teeth removal — $75 to $600 per tooth (depending on your condition)
Root canal — $700 to $1800 per tooth
Dental implants — $1,000 to $4,000 per implant
Tooth sealants — $30 to $75 per tooth
Stainless Steel Crowns — $300 to $500 per tooth
Inlays/Onlays — $650 to $1200

Is it cheaper to pull or fill a tooth?

It depends entirely on the condition of your tooth and whether it's a primary or adult tooth. Typically, filling an adult tooth winds up being cheaper because you'll need extra treatment to replace the tooth. Consult with your dentist to determine which treatment is your best option.

How much would a white filling cost?

White fillings, also known as composite, or composite resin, usually cost between $150 to $300 for one or two surfaces or $200 to $550 for three or more surfaces.

What’s Next?

DentalPlans is the best site for dental savings plans because it compares all the best plans in your area. You know exactly how much every procedure will cost and which dentists are available.

Last updated on November 29, 2021
Last updated on November 29, 2021
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