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Posted by on September 1, 2019

A dental filling is used to repair damage to your teeth such as decay, fractures or chips. If you are planning to go to the dentist, you would be wondering how much does it cost. This is important especially for people who fall under medicare plans 2020, as original medicare does not cover for any dental care.

The cost of the filling may be covered by your dental insurance, if you have one, or perhaps if you upgraded to a medicare advantage. There are a number of factors that you need to consider to figure out the cost of filling your teeth:

  1. Type of filling

There are several different types of fillings that you can choose from. The types of fillings usually determine the amount of money that you have to spend as well.

  • Composite resin filling, or white fillings that match the natural color of your tooth.
  • Porcelain, inlay or onlay fillings and cast-gold fillings are the most expensive type of fillings.
  • Metal fillings or amalgam fillings, which are made with a mixture of metals including silver, tin, zinc, mercury, and copper.

Dental Filling

  1. Dentist

The dentist that is doing the procudure may vary from one dentist to another. Not to mention that there will be added expenses to your filling such as X-ray. This is a pre-diagnosis procedure that has to be done in order for the doctor to be able to determine what type of filling you need.

After confirming that you will need to file a teeth, then the doctor may have to involve anesthetic, then drilling to remove the decay from the tooth before the repair and filling can be completed.

The extent of the drilling and preparation of the tooth is going to be influenced by the type of filling that you choose. The cost will later be dependable on these factors as well.

  1. The teeth that are affected by the filling

Some teeth are more expensive than the others. If several surfaces of the teeth on the tooth need to be filled, then the cost will go up.

If you have supplemental health insurance like a dental insurance plan, then your dentist can connect with your insurance company and report back on what will need to be covered and how much.

Your health insurance plan may have limits on how much you are covered for fillings each year. If you recently purchased your dental plan, you may also have a dental insurance waiting period before you are covered. It is always best to check back with your insurance before you get the work done.

If you do not have any insurance coverage and are looking to save your money, then it is best to ask how much procedures will it cost you before making the decision. You can also search for a dentist through the American dental association or look for local dentistry schools which may be able to you their services at a discounted rate.