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How much does a tooth filling cost?
A common question is, how much do dental fillings cost? Many factors will affect the price. But generally, you can expect tooth fillings to cost anywhere between $167 to 392 per tooth.
The major factors that determine the cost of a tooth filling include:
- Where you live,
- Location of the tooth,
- Size of the tooth filling, and
- Whether you have dental insurance.
Where you live cost factor
Each geographical region uses a different fee guide.
In Toronto, Ontario, most dentists will provide dental filling services consistent with the Ontario Dental Association’s Suggested Fee Guide. This Fee Guide is suggested, meaning that dentists can go above or below the suggested fee. However, dentists will generally follow the recommended fee for basic services (tooth fillings included) to ensure fair and competitive treatment cost. At Atlas Dental, we are at fee guide for tooth fillings.
Location of the tooth
Front teeth cost more than back teeth.
Location of the tooth is another cost factor. Anterior teeth, which include your central incisors, lateral incisors, and canines, are easier to access and treat. Whereas premolars and molars are in the back of the mouth and are therefore more difficult to treat, and the size of their fillings are often larger.
Size of the tooth filling
Larger fillings cost more.
Size of the filling is also an important cost factor. Bigger cavities need more filling material, and the more difficult the restoration may be. Teeth with very large fillings may be at risk of future cracking or chipping, so the dentist may also advice dental crowns.
The prices quoted below are according to the Ontario Dental Association fee guide in 2021:
- Anterior tooth fillings: $167 to $337
- Bicuspid tooth fillings: $184 to $357
- Molar tooth fillings: $200 to $392
Whether you have dental insurance
You will not have to pay as much out of pocket if you have dental insurance.
Having dental insurance will help cover a portion of the cost, if not all of the cost, of your tooth fillings. Fillings are a basic service and will almost always receive coverage. The amount of coverage will vary from plan to plan. Therefore, be sure to find out from your insurance carrier how much you are eligible for before going ahead with dental treatment.
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Dental Filling in Toronto FAQ's
A tooth filling is the dentist’s primary method of repairing damaged teeth. After the dentist cleans away any decay from a tooth, they fill the space with a new material. Common tooth filling materials include dental composite, amalgam, and resin-modified glass ionomer.
The most common reason for dental fillings is that the tooth has decay that must be cleaned out.
There are other reasons why teeth may require fillings, such as repairing broken fillings, replacing fractured teeth, abfraction lesions or cosmetically improving the look of teeth.
Watch for the different signs and symptoms that could indicate you need a tooth filling:
- Dark spots on teeth or greyness under old fillings
- A hole that you can see, feel, or food gets stuck in
- When floss tears at a certain spot
- A rough, chipped or broken tooth
- A broken, loose or lost filling
- Tooth sensitivity or pain
The tooth filling procedure is not too complicated. It is often done in a single appointment.
Most dental fillings will require local anaesthesia (freezing) to numb the area for patient comfort. The dentist will always first apply numbing jelly to the gum ensure patient comfort before the local anaesthesia.
If a visit to the dentist causes you anxiety, have a honest talk with the dentist and they would be able to offer you ways to manage the fear, either procedurally or with pharmacological methods (a sedative pill or nitrous oxide laughing gas).
Next, dentist removes the decay and places the filling. This requires good isolation from moisture so that the dental “glue” adheres well. Finally, the tooth is finished and polished by the dentist to obtain a beautiful contour and shine.
If the cavity is deep, there is always a chance that tooth sensitivity can happen or a root canal treatment is needed. Your dentist will advise you of this risk.
Your dentist may decide to divide the number of dental fillings over several appointments for your comfort.
Tooth fillings come in a variety of materials and each dentist has their favourite kinds. The most popular types in our dental office are dental composite, resin-modified glass ionomer, and dental amalgam. Your dentist may select a filling material based on its properties and the unique situation in your mouth.
- Dental composite, also known as white fillings, plastic fillings or composite resin fillings, are a mixture of microscopic glass-like particles trapped in a plastic-like matrix. It is white in color, strong and is the dentist’s perennial favourite to use in most tooth filling situations that require strength and high aesthetics.
- Resin modified glass ionomer (RMGI) is a hybrid of glass ionomers and composite resin, and thus contain acid-base and polymerizable components. It is white in color and is often used in low-stress areas of the tooth and in areas where there is a high chance of future cavities. RMGI releases fluoride, which will strengthen teeth and prevent dental decay.
- Dental amalgam, or silver filling, is a historical material that sometimes sees use in a dental office. It is a metal alloy that is very strong, deters future tooth decay (because bacteria do not like growing in the presence of amalgam) and is silver in color.
In the past, there have also been concerns that dental amalgam is unhealthy because it contains mercury, but the evidence shows that the amount of mercury that gets released from amalgam fillings is negligible and is therefore safe. Amalgam fillings are best suited in the back teeth so that the metal color does not show.
Dental filling materials are safe to use. Which tooth filling material is best for you will depend on a number of factors. Talk to your dentist.
During the tooth filling procedure, you will be given local anaesthesia so you will not feel any pain.
If the filling is deep, the nerve inside the tooth may become irritated. The tooth sensitivity can be temporary and may go away with time. If tooth pain is severe, it may indicate that you need root canal treatment. Your dentist will advise you of this risk.
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