How Much Do Composite Dental Fillings Cost?

Composite fillings usually match the color of teeth, whereas metal fillings are silver or gold. However, you may be concerned about the cost of composite dental fillings. Though a bit more expensive than other types of fillings, the difference may be less than you expect.

Estimating the Cost of Composite Dental Fillings

Composite dental fillings cost about $135 to $240 per tooth, depending on where you live. On average, this is only $30–$40 more expensive than amalgam fillings.

To get an exact cost of composite dental fillings, your child should visit a dentist and get a screening. Kool Smiles, a dental practice with more than 120 locations nationwide, provides both types of fillings.

What Are Composite Dental Fillings?

Also known as resin fillings, composite fillings are made of plastic and fine glass particles. Other types of fillings, like amalgam (made of mercury and heavy metals) or gold fillings, are easy to see inside the mouth.

Because composite fillings are designed to match the color of teeth, many people find the extra cost worthwhile.

Composite dental fillings are placed on the tooth in layers, built up to fill a cavity. The dentist finishes by shaping the fillings to fit your child’s teeth.

How to Pay for Composite Dental Fillings

Though the cost of composite dental fillings is slightly higher than regular fillings, getting quality dental work can still be affordable. Most major insurance providers pay for composite fillings up to the price of amalgam fillings, with the patient paying the difference.

Kool Smiles, a dental practice for children’s dental care, accepts most forms of dental insurance. In addition to private insurance, Kool Smiles accepts Medicaid, state-sponsored children’s health insurance (SCHIP), and TRICARE.

Consult with Your Local Kool Smiles Dentist

If your child needs a filling, give us a call or visit us online. Our dentists are always accepting new patients and we’ll be happy to help your child with his or her dental needs.

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Sources:

Your Dentistry Guide:  http://www.yourdentistryguide.com/fillings/

Colgate: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/procedures/fillings/article/types-of-fillings

Know Your Teeth: http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=f&iid=286&aid=1241