Where Is Your Cavity and How Bad Is It?
It probably won’t surprise you that it takes a lot less time and material to fill a small cavity than to rebuild half of a tooth that’s been lost to fracture or decay. Every cavity is different, but typically cavities will cost more if they’re bigger and harder to reach, as well cavities on teeth with prior damage.
If you aren’t sure how bad your cavity is, go see your dentist right away. You want to know the extent of the damage ASAP, and there’s nothing wrong asking for an estimate before you commit to a restoring your tooth.
If you have a cavity and don’t get it filled, your tooth will continue to decay over time. Leave it too long. and a regular filling might not be enough to restore your teeth. Depending on the damage, your dentist might need to give you an onlay , veneer. or crown. which will likely be a more costly investment than a routine filling.
Think about a wood and plaster wall. If you have a small crack in the plaster, filling it is a quick, simple process. But, if there’s significant damage to the plaster, and maybe even the wood underneath, repairs take a lot more time and effort. In that case, the repair person would charge you more. It’s the same idea with teeth. Small, conservative cavities cost less to restore. Large, cavernous cavities cost more.
But don’t worry, no matter the extent of your tooth decay, a good dentist can help restore the appearance of your teeth and, most importantly, remove the decay so you aren’t in pain.
There’s another reason the $200 to $600 range is so big, though. Not all filling materials are created equal, and you get what you pay for. Some dentists use better and safer materials than others, and those generally cost more.
Why Pay More for High Quality Fillings?
The two most common filling types are amalgam fillings (made of the metals mercury, silver, tin
and copper) and composite fillings (a synthetic resin). At Blodgett Dental Care, we choose not to use the amalgam fillings due to their systemic toxicity and the structural damage they cause to teeth
You could probably find a dentist who will give you an amalgam filling for around $100. but you probably don’t want to — they’re about half mercury! Dentists are increasingly abandoning amalgam fillings for that very reason. You don’t need the World Health Organization to tell you that you don’t want mercury in your mouth!
At Blodgett Dental, we use the highest quality BPA-free resin composite fillings. which contain only safe materials and look much more natural, starting at $250. We frequently replace people’s old mercury fillings with new composite ones. You can see the difference it makes.
Your teeth can look that good too! If you have a cavity or an old, ugly filling, rest assured that we can still give you beautiful teeth you’re proud to show off.
It’s true you can find cheaper options, but this is something that’s going to be in your mouth for years to come. Do you really want something toxic in there? Or something put in shoddily that could fall out and be swallowed? Plus, fillings just look better if they’re tooth-colored instead of silver-grey.
It might be tempting to go for the cheapest filling, but your health is not worth the money you’d save. Choosing high quality will save you money in the long run. You don’t want to constantly need your fillings replaced. That’s expensive and painful.
If you want to save money (and your teeth), get to the dentist as soon as you can and make sure you’re getting a safe, high-quality filling that will last.
If $250 still sounds a little steep for a lower estimate, don’t worry. We have financing options so you can get a quality filling without going broke. Ask us about the specifics!
If you think you have a cavity, call us or make an appointment today.