Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Health & Personal Care  > Dentistry & Orthodontics > Cavity Filling

Cavity Filling Cost


How Much Does a Cavity Filling Cost?

 
average costSilver Amalgam: $50-$300+high costComposite Resin: $90-$450+
post E-mail post Post   Comments (53)

Teeth are prone to decay known as cavities. A filling is typically a two-part process (usually done in one office visit) in which the dentist removes the decay then fills the remaining tooth with a protective material. Dentists' fees are based on the type of filling material used and the number of surfaces needing a filling in a single tooth.

Typical costs:

  • A silver amalgam (metal) filling on one or two surfaces can cost $50-$150; three or more surfaces can cost $120-$300 or more. Dental insurance typically covers at least some of the cost for amalgam fillings. For example, CostHelper readers with insurance coverage report out-of-pocket expenses of $34-$183 for amalgam fillings, for an average cost of $89.
  • Tooth-colored composite resin fillings can cost $90-$250 for one or more surfaces, or $150-$450 or more for three or more surfaces. Typically dental insurance covers 50%-80% of the cost of a composite filling because the higher charge for the tooth-colored material is considered a cosmetic option (although insurance might pay the cost a composite filling if it's replacing a cracked or broken amalgam filling). For example, CostHelper readers without dental insurance report paying $90-$350 for a composite filling, at an average cost of $204; CostHelper readers with dental insurance report paying $63-$300 out of pocket for a composite filling, at an average cost of $207.
  • Porcelain or cast-gold fillings (known as inlays or onlays[1] and also called indirect fillings) must be custom-ordered, require two visits and a temporary filling, and can cost up to 10 times the price of composite fillings or $250-$4,500 or more, depending on size, complexity and materials. Dental insurance may cover 50%-80% of the cost of cast-gold fillings, depending on whether the work is classified as a basic or major service, and some plans have a pre-set maximum coverage amount for inlays or onlays.
Related articles: Teeth Cleaning, Fluoride Treatment, Teeth Whitening, Dental Crown, Root Canal, Braces

What should be included:
  • The dentist will choose the type of filling based on the size of the cavity and the location of the tooth. Amalgam or composite resin are the most common materials. Composites are more likely to be used on front teeth. Colgate.com lists pros and cons[2] of different types of fillings; and WebMD.com gives an overview of typical filling procedures[3] plus a before-and-after photo[4] of amalgam fillings replaced by composite resin fillings (slide number 9).
  • On average, amalgam fillings last about 12 years, while composites last five to seven years.
  • There has been some debate[5] about the safety of the mercury that is present in silver amalgam fillings, but the US Food and Drug Administration[6] says there is no danger. A survey by a dental marketing company[7] indicates that about half of the dentists responding no longer install amalgam fillings, primarily because they consider it an outdated material.
Additional costs:
  • Usually an initial exam ($20-$100) and dental X-rays ($10-$250) are required to determine the extent of the decay before a dentist will perform a filling procedure
Discounts:
  • The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has tips for finding low-cost dental care[8] .
  • Dental school clinics[9] offer reduced rates for services by supervised students or faculty.
Shopping for a cavity filling:
  • WedMD lists things to consider when choosing a dentist[10] .
  • If the patient has dental insurance, the insurance company will provide a list of approved dentists. Or get referrals to local dentists from the American Dental Association[11] or the Amcerican Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry[12] .
Material on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Always consult your physician or pharmacist regarding medications or medical procedures.
 
post E-mail post Post   Comments (53)
CostHelper News


3 Ways to Have the Government Pay You Back for Your Energy Efficient Upgrades
Any renovations or upgrades made to your home this year that included energy-efficient appliances could be eligible for some federal energy tax credits. But it's not just appliances. || Posted December 9 2013


7 Lesser-Known Discounts for the 50+ Crowd
As they age, members of the Baby Boomer generation don't like to admit that they're senior citizens, but they love getting discounts. It's kind of a quandary, because some of the best deals available are reduced prices for older folks. || Posted October 21 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments

Page 2 of 2   -   << Previous   1   2   

3 fillings
Amount: $91.00
Posted by: John--smiths in Mcallen, TX.Posted: January 6th, 2014 01:01PM
Type: Resin compositeNumber of Surfaces: 2
Number of Cavities: 3
Humana group insurance total bill for 3 two surface fillings was 426.00 my out of pocket was 91.00
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
One Bridge one tooth false and two crowns= 7 cavities
Amount: $6,000.00
Posted by: curi in kearny, NJ.Posted: November 1st, 2013 06:11PM
Number of Cavities: 7
My Insurance covers 1,000 per year. I will do the process tne end of this year and next year to have the other 1000. So I will be paying 4000.I think is too expensive should I cancel it/
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Cavity Filling
Amount: $180.00
Posted by: andrewps21 in Hpokins, MN.Posted: September 26th, 2013 06:09AM
Type: ResinNumber of Surfaces: 1
Number of Cavities: 1
D2391 resin 1 surface post permanent Tth 19 Surf: O
Cost 180 per filling
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Absolutely Ridiculous
Amount: $2,250.00
Posted by: mak in Newton, MA.Posted: September 18th, 2013 11:09AM
Type: Root Canal w/ Post & CrownNumber of Surfaces:
Cost $250 out of pocket after what insurance covered for root canal...then $2000 for 1 post/crown. Ridiculous
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
cheap and good
Amount: $1,000.00
Posted by: fredd in chula vista, CA.Posted: September 7th, 2013 07:09AM
Type: crowns fillingNumber of Surfaces:
Number of Cavities: 7
Visit smile San Diego in Chula vista. I was supposed to have a 5000 dollars worth of dental work, I only paid 1000;in addition to my insurance who paid 1000. More than 6 crowns ;and 7 filling. They are r group so too many patients
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Cavity Fillings
Amount: $352.00
Posted by: a user in Spring Branch, TX.Posted: March 27th, 2013 05:03PM
Type: CompositeNumber of Surfaces: 1 on each tooth
Number of Cavities: 2
I have been avoiding the Dentist for a really long time but after much thought, I decided I need to save my teeth! Luckily I had only two small cavities on two left molars. Each filling cost $176 for a total of $352 without insurance. Fortunately this included the numbing medication too! Dentist are so expensive! Supposedly I got a lower rate since they are new in my area. Hope this helps :-)
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
filling
Amount: $1,053.00
Posted by: jjj in north atlanta, GA.Posted: March 26th, 2013 05:03PM
Type: backNumber of Surfaces: 4/3/2
Number of Cavities: 3
293 to fill 4 surface cavity, got infected, dentist made notes all over file about how it might get infected and root canal needed, crown. etc. had it pulled instead for another 210. switched dentists spent another 550 on two more cavities. now one of them is not feeling so good. it was a two surface. need to go back for full exrays to find out how many more cavities I actually have. no insurance. This is unreal expensive.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Cost of crowns and fillings
Amount: $3,200.00
Posted by: confused on cost in St.Petersburg, FL.Posted: February 8th, 2013 09:02PM
Type: PorcelainNumber of Surfaces: 4
Number of Cavities: 7
So far, I have had 4 crowns and about 7 cavities filled. I only have a "discount" type plan through work, not an "insurance" plan. I always feel like I am getting ripped off...but seem to think now after reading around, I am right in the middle of equal to everyone else. Dam these people really overcharge for our health!
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Cost of fillngs and composite repair of 3 front teeth
Amount: $3,328.00
Posted by: MotheroftheBride in North San Diego County, CA.Posted: January 19th, 2013 09:01AM
Type: CompositeNumber of Surfaces: 2 on 8 teeth; 3 for repair
Number of Cavities: 8
Charge for each cavity is 299.00, insurance allows 81.00, but will only pay 64.80. We're responsible for 234.00 for each tooth. Daughter has 2 peg teeth (congenital) and a chipped front tooth that need to be wrapped with composite. Charge for each tooth is 312.00, insurance pays 118.00. We have Blue Shield of California.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Am I Being Overcharged?
Amount: $332.00
Posted by: Victim/or patient in Scotch Plains, NJ.Posted: September 11th, 2012 12:09PM
Type: AmalgamNumber of Surfaces: two
Number of Cavities: one in one tooth
(Cost does not include xray) One shot of
novocaine.(Self-pay- no insurance).Haven't needed
filling in years,so is this dentist's rates high?If they are, I'll find another dentist!At least w/other repairs, you can get estimates first.not the case w/this dentist.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Cost of fillings
Amount: $239.00
Posted by: rjg in Anchorage, AK.Posted: August 22nd, 2012 06:08AM
Type: resin compositeNumber of Surfaces: 2 on 4 teeth, 3 on one
Number of Cavities: 5
Total bill was $1600, $250-350/fillingrnInsurance paid all but $239 (80 of which was for sedation)So I'm thankful I have dental insurance, but this seems very expensive for 2 hours of work.$800/hour? Are dental materials really that costly? I'll remember to floss daily now!
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Root canal and three fillings
Amount: $663.00
Posted by: Dasavage602 in Phoenix, AZ.Posted: June 7th, 2012 11:06AM
Type: AmalgamNumber of Surfaces: Don't know
Number of Cavities: 8
Have Aetna ppo went to out of network dentist they did not say anything until after I was done. They just want money. First was X-rays , long session of teeth cleaning , three amalgam fillings, and started root canal. Have two more appointments to attend. had insurance through work for 6 yrs and haven't used it till now. Recommend if u have insurance use it yearly for dental cleaning and check ups to avoid bad tooth decay. Paid $663 out of pocket insurance paid 80% for most of the stuff I needed done.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
One Crown and One Filling
Amount: $1,335.00
Posted by: Joestopeatingcandy in San Diego, CA.Posted: May 17th, 2012 05:05PM
Number of Cavities: 1
I paid 1335.00 out of pocket for 1 crown and 1 filling.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
10 molars
Amount: $2,015.00
Posted by: Alli in Portsmouth, nh, NH.Posted: February 8th, 2012 03:02PM
Type: ClearNumber of Surfaces:
Number of Cavities: 10
4- 2 surface each 228
6- single surface each 175

Ins paid only a fraction of half of the teeth. I pd up front before treatment with 5% discount out of pocket was 1576. I'm going to see if there is an allowable amt per ins for each tooth as I regret swiping my card!
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
One filling...
Amount: $290.00
Posted by: brickstore in Decatur, GA.Posted: September 27th, 2011 08:09AM
Type: Resin CompositeNumber of Surfaces: 2
Number of Cavities: 1
Aetna PPO denied the entire claim saying they only cover amalgam fillings. Was not offered choice while in the chair. Ouch.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
refill cavity for lost filling
Amount: $134.00
Posted by: deelane in Wichita, KS.Posted: August 22nd, 2011 10:08AM
Type: fillingNumber of Surfaces: 1
Number of Cavities: 1
Recently lost a 4-year old filling while flossing; dentist explained some decay had occurred, hence the loosened filling. Refilled with composite materials; entire procedure was fast, painless, and competent. I don't where my dental bill falls in the low-to-high scale but I was more than satisfied with the service. No dental insurance, unfortunately, so it's all pay-as-you exit with my dental office.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
4 yr. old 5 fillings
Amount: $1,251.00
Posted by: Mad Grandma in Springboro, OH.Posted: July 14th, 2011 10:07AM
Type: MolarNumber of Surfaces: 1
Number of Cavities: 6
I have spent a total of $1,251.00 on 5 fillings for my 4 yr. old granddaughter and they are baby teeth! Does anyone else find this ridiculous?? I paid it because she was in pain and needed something done, but needless to say we will not be going back there!! I paid $986.00 then today the found another "small" cavity. I told them to go ahead and fill it. Then they wanted another $265.00!!!!
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
quote after insurance for 18 fillings
Amount: $1,750.00
Posted by: 18 fillings! in cambridge, OH.Posted: July 9th, 2011 03:07PM
Type: filling (composite)Number of Surfaces:
Number of Cavities: 18
First time back at. Dentist in nearly 2 decades since an improperly cleaned filling almost killed me when I was 12 doc says I need 18 fillings mostly between teeth primarily 2 to 3 surf is the 1750 a normal quote or should I look elsewhere I have negligence and they cover 75% up to 2000...
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
cavity on front tooth
Amount: $350.00
Posted by: jancat in tiverton, RI.Posted: June 15th, 2011 04:06PM
Type: white fillingNumber of Surfaces: 1
Number of Cavities: 1
I was quoted a price of filling a cavity I think it was on #26, front bottom, son chipped it when he was a baby and stood up into my chin. tooth chipped on top and they put a filling on it that lasted 24 years. Now it needs filling again and I was given the price of 350 dollars for one small filling. I think I should shop around or is that a normal price?
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Decay under Composite, Chipped Molar
Amount: $530.00
Posted by: td in Canoga Park, CA.Posted: March 23rd, 2011 10:03AM
Type: resin composite, ceramic onlayNumber of Surfaces: 3
Number of Cavities: 2
I purchased individual delta dental dmo in CA to cover the cost of cavity I discovered through an exam & cleaning I purchased through groupon. The groupon dentist quoted me $256 per filling but I didn't end up using him because the exam was cursory & the dentist didn't even look in my mouth. Purchased dental dmo plan & went to the new dentist who found the same decay & the chipped molar (which I had suspected after I bit down on a small rock in food). Recommended I do an onlay vs. filling as the decay was in between the teeth & once he started drilling, the decay was deeper than what the x-ray seemed to indicate.
$115 - 3 surface composite resin for posterior
$415 - onlay ceramic/porcelain 3 surface
The above amounts are the copay that Delta Dental DMO plan specifies that I pay to the dentist. The DMO plan cost me $133/year & there are no copays for cleaning & x-rays. Since I have another onlay & maybe a crown to go, this plan is better than just paying cash.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Cavities after pregnancy destroyed teeth
Amount: $2,770.00
Posted by: tammyjj in wichita, KS.Posted: March 20th, 2011 07:03AM
Type: resinNumber of Surfaces:
Number of Cavities: 21
2 large gum line the rest small ones
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Well I am in same boat here,but
Amount: $950.00
Posted by: GrinNbearit in Newberry, SC.Posted: March 12th, 2011 10:03PM
Type: resinNumber of Surfaces:
Number of Cavities: 4
I doubt any of us have BRUSHED,BRUSHED,BRUSHED... like we shoulda ! and ALL the soft drinks are damaging to them too.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Cavity filling
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: esteem in Tijuana, Other.Posted: February 28th, 2011 02:02AM
Number of Cavities: 2
I had an examination, two cavities drilled and filled with composite resin. Total cost was $100. When I had a root canal done previously the cost, with the crown, was around $400. Good service too. A fraction of what I quoted in the US.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Expensive Composite Filling
Amount: $480.00
Posted by: Okamoto in Torrance, CA.Posted: February 25th, 2011 05:02PM
Type: CompositeNumber of Surfaces: 1
Number of Cavities: 1
I had a cracked amalgam filling replaced with composite, Aetna PPO insurance only paid for $180, leaving me with $300 cost.
Judging by what people are saying here, they overcharged me, and insurance really didn't cover much at all.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Filling
Amount: $257.00
Posted by: a user in Stillwater, OK.Posted: February 21st, 2011 08:02AM
Type: AmalgamNumber of Surfaces:
Number of Cavities: 2
I paid 67 dollars out of 257 with Delta Dental PPO.
Feels good. But I would like to have my teeth cleaned as well. Not done yet. Have to make another schedule
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Cavities
Amount: $3,386.00
Posted by: a user in las cruces, NM.Posted: February 10th, 2011 11:02AM
Type: Number of Surfaces: 1,2 &3
Number of Cavities: 16
Had 16 cavities in between my teeth due to years of acid reflux.Went to one dentist and was quoted $6095 and decided to get a second opinion new cost was $3,386 for the same work.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
filling
Amount: $100.00
Posted by: jay_girl in Anaheim, CA.Posted: February 9th, 2011 03:02PM
Type: white fillingNumber of Surfaces:
Number of Cavities: 1
Just got back from dentist i have 8 cavities could only afford to do 1 today.. since i dont have insurance they knocked down the price from 155 to 100... They charged me $25.00 for x-rays and teeth cleaning.. I feel i got a good deal .. just need to fix the other 7 now . Dentist Located in Anaheim 714-772-5656
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Filling
Amount: $90.00
Posted by: Tikibluegurl in Long beach, CA.Posted: January 21st, 2011 07:01PM
Type: White fillingNumber of Surfaces:
Number of Cavities: 1
I went to the dentist to pay for my root canal and get my filling because it came off two month ago.. I went there thinking it was going to be 100+ after I was done it's cost 90 for the white filling and one X-ray.. :)
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Feel ripped off
Amount: $575.00
Posted by: Cecilia Cooper in Atlanta, GA.Posted: January 12th, 2011 07:01AM
Type: resin compositeNumber of Surfaces:
Number of Cavities: 2
Dentist didn't give me any options or tell me that my insurance would cover less for composite filling.
Then, they tell me the whole charge is $575 and they'll run it through insurance. Guess what my post-insurance charge is? $575.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
delta careUSA
Amount: $80.00
Posted by: mop213 in bellflower, CA.Posted: December 21st, 2010 05:12PM
Type: molar decayNumber of Surfaces: i dont know
Number of Cavities: 1
went to the dentist today and had a cavitiy on my molar. needed to grind basically the entire tooth down. looks like a normal tooth now! my HMO sucks! their telephone hotline is designed to hang up on you when you call them.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Went to dentist first time in my life :)
Amount: $400.00
Posted by: gav_sharma in sherman oaks, CA.Posted: December 9th, 2010 05:12PM
Type: fillingNumber of Surfaces: 1 and 2
Number of Cavities: 9
I feel bad for the dentist who cleaned my teeth. They were in pretty bad shape since I never went to dentist ever. I have had insurance for 5 yrs now but my teeth never bothered me and so I never bothered them :)
Anyways, I have Metlife Dental and went to in network doctor. It cos me out of pocket $406 for 9 fillings. 4 of them were 1 surface @ $34/filling and 5 of them were 2 surface @ $54/filling
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam

Page 2 of 2   -   << Previous   1   2   



 

Comment On Your Experience With a Cavity Filling
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Type: Number of Surfaces: 
Number of Cavities:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.docshop.com/education/dental/general-dentistry/inlays-onlays
  2.  www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/Oral-and-Dental-Health-Basics/Chec...
  3.  www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-health-fillings
  4.  www.webmd.com/oral-health/ss/slideshow-cosmetic-dentistry
  5.  www.holisticmed.com/dental/amalgam/
  6.  www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/ProductsandMedicalProcedures/DentalProducts/DentalAmalgam/uc...
  7.  thewealthydentist.com/surveyresults/117-amalgam-fillings.htm
  8.  www.nidcr.nih.gov/oralhealth/popularpublications/findinglowcostdentalcare/
  9.  www.ada.org/267.aspx
  10.  www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/finding-dentist
  11.  www.mouthhealthy.org/en/find-a-dentist.aspx
  12.  www.aacd.com/index.php?module=aacd.websiteforms&cmd=memberreferral
More Health & Personal Care Topics
Check Out All Costs for Health & Personal Care How Much Does a Flu Shot Cost? How Much Does Teeth Cleaning Cost? How Much Does an Ambulance Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com



Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Brazillian Knot
Paid: 275.00
I tried brazillian knot for the first time and it hurt soooo bad!!!! Never Again!!! I had to cut them out right away. I kept them in for 2 days and then that was it, I could not take it... [more]
-annejevas2
Hair Extensions Cost
Sleep Study
Paid: 6400.00
Wow what a rip off will never go to that hospital again. I will go shopping for my next procedure... [more]
-
Sleep Apnea Treatment Cost
Cost of a deck
Paid: 5000.00
I was wondering if I paid to much for my 10X25 rectangle deck with treated wood? It has 3 stairs about 3 feet in width and 25 feet of railings... [more]
-LB
Deck Cost
Rabbit costs
Paid: 10.00
The dwarf cross, Sunday(male, neutered) was a CL freebie. Womans cat brought 2 approx 3-4 wk old babies, dont know where mother was. He was soooo tiny, dehydrated, & a bit cold... [more]
-shawnna Stone
Rabbit Cost
MRI FH Outpatient/CT FH Outpatient
Paid: 319.80
MRI Amount billed by hospital $9025.82!!!!!January 2014CT FH- outpatient - billed $5146... [more]
-Janie D
MRI Cost
Is my pricing high?
Paid: 1400.00
Just saw the dentist today. Informed I am in need of two extractions and two bone graphs. My insurance does not cover bone grafts... [more]
-
Dental Bone Graft Cost