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