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Old 05-14-2008, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I was wondering if any of you would share with me how much it has cost you to get a tooth filled? I had two teeth filled on Monday and the total cost was a little over $400.00. Ouch! It was covered by insurance, which is good, but still -- it just seems like a lot of money to me for two fillings. OTOH, I've been out of the country for a while and I am new here so maybe this is the going rate?
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Old 05-14-2008, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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I want to say mine was about 275/filling in LA - it also depends on whether you get alloy or ceramic material
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Old 05-14-2008, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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I had three surfaces filled... between two teeth and the top of a tooth... and it was $800, ouch!
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Old 05-14-2008, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I think around $200.00 per tooth is fairly average.
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Old 05-14-2008, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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I worked in dental office management for years and it does depend on how many surfaces. Some fillings are small and some alot larger. Also some dentists are a little more expensive than others, but overall most are close in what they charge.
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Old 05-15-2008, 08:55 AM
 
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I paid $315 for one filling recently. My dentist uses composite, not amalgam, though, which is great except I found out after the fact that my insurance won't cover composite.
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Old 05-15-2008, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Composite... that's the term I was looking for. My filling was composite, too. The only other option was ceramic. They don't do amalgam...maybe that is a trend with the mercury issues?
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Old 05-15-2008, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Piedmont NC
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I had three surfaces filled... between two teeth and the top of a tooth... and it was $800, ouch!
Wow, but that is 'ouch!' Right up there with what crowns cost, and not too far off from the root canal I had to have. I was dismayed that I paid $1050 for a crown, and then when I had to have a root canal, on yet another molar, the endontist's total bill -- for two trips to complete the root canal -- was only $1050. No comparison to me, in the amount of work the two did. She , the endodontist, SO earned that $1050.

Unless you are ingratiated somehow to that dentist, I might shop around just a little. That does seem a bit expensive for what you had done. Just my opinion.
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Old 05-15-2008, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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That was the second opinion.

Both dentists quoted me that, but, yes, I am shopping around in the future.

To their defense, it was waaaay in the back and involved 2 molars. My one root canal took less time.
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Old 05-15-2008, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Piedmont NC
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Composite... that's the term I was looking for. My filling was composite, too. The only other option was ceramic. They don't do amalgam...maybe that is a trend with the mercury issues?
Most dentists these days are recommending that we have the old metal fillings in our mouths replaced. Given that fillings don't last forever, and will need to be replaced at some point, unless you are risking the loss of the tooth or something, I might wait on replacing them all at once.

Every time I have to go to the dentist, I get so mad at my parents who thought dentists were for emergencies only. What a difference my daughter's outlook will be.

I haven't had any problems since I started seeing my wonderful dentist on a regular basis, and he got my mouth 'into shape' for me, but even as a more health-conscious dental patient, I am still having to deal with the ramifications of my parents' choice. I have large fillings in my back molars, which may present additional problems as I get older. Large fillings make for weak teeth. I have already had to have three crowned, and one needed a root canal just recently. SO NOT fun!

Still, I love my dentist -- I drive all the way back down to Wilmington just to see him. He advocates not fixing things until they need fixing. A dentist I saw here, who I suspect is more into cosmetics than a family practice, wanted to crown every molar I have. My old dentist also says to hang onto your own teeth, that you will never have anything any better, or even as good as, in your mouth.

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