The cost of a tooth filling typically depends on two factors: (A) the type of filling and (B) the number of surfaces.
(A) The type of filling:
White fillings are typically more costly than Silver fillings because of the higher cost of the tooth colored material.
(B) The number of surfaces:
If you can imagine a tooth, there are five surfaces: 1. Occlusal (the chewing surface) 2. Buccal (the side facing the cheek) 3. Lingual (the side facing your tongue) 4. Mesial (the side facing the tooth in front) 5. Distal (the side facing the tooth in back). Thus, fillings can cover one surface or as many as five surfaces, depending on the extent of tooth decay.
Thus, there are many combinations of sizes and types of fillings, resulting in different prices. However, the most common fillings are two surfaces. Two surface white fillings typically range from $180 to $300, while two surface silver fillings range from $140-$225.
About our office’s goal to prevent tooth decay:
After attending and teaching at Tufts Dental School, my wife Joanne and I moved to Palm Beach County, where I have practiced ever since. From the day my office opened, my goal has been to help my patients prevent tooth decay. Thus, we always emphasize the importance of routine dental cleanings, as well as proper brushing and flossing. In addition, our hygienists demonstrate how to correctly brush and floss at the end of each cleaning appointment. Unfortunately, tooth decay can enlarge and worsen quickly. So, regular dental exams are important to identify cavities when they are still small. If you are due for a check-up or you have any questions, we are more than happy to see you for a complimentary exam.