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What hurts more than a cavity in the tooth – a cavity in the pocket bearing its treatment expense!!! However, this is a myth that we at Hope Dental and Esthetic Clinic want to bust in this blog! Understanding the costs of dental procedures like cavity fillings is crucial for patients navigating their oral health care decisions. At Hope Dental and Esthetic Clinic, we prioritize transparency in discussing treatment expenses to empower our patients with the necessary information. This article offers an in-depth look at the factors influencing cavity filling costs, highlights budget-friendly options to save money, and demonstrates how dental insurance can significantly reduce out-of-pocket expenses.

Key takeaways

  •   Cost Factors: The price of cavity fillings varies depending on the filling type used, the cavity size and extent, and the expertise of the dentist.
  •   Types of Fillings: Amalgam fillings are cheaper and but have challenges associated with mercury content in the alloy, while composite resin and fluoride releasing cements cost more but have advantages in aesthetics and durability.
  •   Affordable Option: Dental fillings are often the most inexpensive treatment to prevent the tooth from inevitably going for more complex intervention such as Root canal treatment or even extraction at a later stage.
  •   Insurance Coverage: Most dental insurance covers cavity fillings as part of primary care, but coverage levels can differ depending on the filling material and your specific plan.
  •   Regular Check-ups: Regular dental visits are vital for catching cavities early, saving you from costly and extensive dental treatments down the road. Don't wait—invest in your oral health now to avoid more significant problems later.

Factors Affecting Cost

The cost of a cavity filling can vary based on several key factors:

Type of Filling Material

Different filling materials come at varying price points. Amalgam fillings, composed of metals like silver, are generally the most economical option due to their durability and widespread use. However, the presence of mercury to create a workable alloy with silver makes them harmful in certain conditions. They are also unsightly due to their dark color. You can transform your smile with composite resin fillings, seamlessly blending with your natural tooth color with most advanced material composition blending esthetics with strength. Investing in these fillings is worthwhile for a beautiful, natural-looking smile. Glass ionomer cements are fluoride releasing fillings which are white in color and are some of the most commonly used pocket-friendly filling materials.

Size and Complexity of the Cavity

The cavity's size and location affect the filling procedure's complexity. Larger or deeper cavities may require more filling material and intricate restoration techniques, impacting the overall cost.

Expertise of the doctor

Dentistry is a field that requires exceptional hand-skill. It is indeed the distinguishing factor between an average dentist and an amazing one! Many years of practice and advanced training and high-end equipment help in refining hand-skill for dentists. As the quality of experience goes up, the premium increases too. Thus, charges vary with a dentist’s skill and experience too.

Types of Cavity Fillings & their associated costs

Amalgam Fillings

These traditional silver-colored fillings which were known for their strength and durability. They were often recommended for posterior teeth where chewing forces are most significant but with better materials and better understanding of the harmful effects of mercury these are no longer the most preffered option. These restorations start from Rs 1000/-.

Composite Resin Fillings

These tooth-colored fillings are famous for their natural appearance and ability to blend seamlessly with natural tooth enamel. They are safer, durable and esthetic and offer one of the best solutions for restoring teeth. These restorations can cost upward of Rs 1500/-.

Glass Ionomer Cement Fillings

These white fluoride releasing cements are the most pocket friendly option for restoring back teeth where matching shade of the filling with tooth is not mandatory. These are white in color and an excellent choice for restoring teeth in children. The cost of these restorations starts from Rs. 800 in children and Rs. 1000 in adults.

Budget-Friendly Options

Payment Plans

Many dental practices, including Hope Dental and Esthetic Clinic, offer flexible payment plans to help patients manage the cost of cavity fillings over time. For patients below poverty line, we at Hope Dental & Esthetic Clinic, Noida even have the option of getting free treatment in the charitable timings (3pm-4pm)

Government Hospitals and Dental Collegess

These institutions often provide reduced-cost dental services as part of educational programs, offering affordable options for cavity fillings.

Insurance Coverage

Most dental insurance plans cover cavity fillings as part of primary preventive and restorative care. Coverage levels may vary based on the filling material and your insurance policy. Patients should carefully review their insurance plan details to grasp the coverage specifics and any potential out-of-pocket expenses they may incur.

Our Affordable clinic

Experience affordable and transparent dental care at Hope Dental and Esthetic Clinic, where we prioritize your oral health without compromising on quality. Whether you're considering a cavity filling or any other dental treatment, our team ensures you understand the costs and offers budget-friendly options to suit your needs. We cater to every preference with various filling materials, from durable glass ionomer cements to aesthetically pleasing composite resins. Our flexible payment plans and acceptance of different insurance plans make dental care accessible to everyone. Schedule your appointment today and discover compassionate dental care that puts your smile first at Hope Dental and Esthetic Clinic.


The cost of cavity fillings varies based on factors such as the filling material chosen (like amalgam, composite resin, or glass ionomer cements), the cavity's size and location, and the dentist’s expertise & experience.
Most dental insurance plans cover cavity fillings as part of primary preventive and restorative care. However, coverage levels and out-of-pocket expenses can vary based on your specific insurance policy and the filling material.
Glass ionomer cements are generally the most cost-effective option due to their durability and affordability.

The main factors influencing the cost include:

  • The filling material is chosen.
  • The size and complexity of the cavity.
  • The expertise and experience of dentist.

Larger or more complex cavities may require more extensive treatment, impacting the overall cost.

To determine the exact cost of a cavity filling at our clinic, we recommend scheduling a consultation with one of our experienced dentists. During your appointment, we will carefully evaluate your oral health needs, explore various treatment options, and offer a customized cost estimate tailored to your circumstances and preferences.


Navigating the cost of cavity fillings involves understanding the factors influencing pricing, exploring budget-friendly options, and leveraging dental insurance coverage. Hope Dental and Esthetic Clinic is dedicated to ensuring our patients achieve optimal oral health with complete transparency and financial peace of mind. Please get in touch with us if you have questions about cavity-filling costs or would like to schedule a consultation. Our team is here to assist you in making informed decisions about your dental care.

Dr. Mimansa Bhoj

BDS, MDS (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon)

University Gold medalist

About the Author

Dr. Mimansa is a highly accomplished oral and maxillofacial surgeon with a wealth of experience in her field. With a strong academic background and numerous gold medals, she has treated over 5000 patients for various oral and maxillofacial problems. Dr. Mimansa has practiced in different parts of India and has learned from the best in the field, making her an expert in OMFS and Dentistry. Known for her friendly and empathetic approach, she believes in providing treatments with care and compassion to heal her patients. With academic achievements, multiple scientific publications, and her current role as an Associate Professor, Dr. Mimansa is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care. She has also established a safe space, Hope Dental and Esthetic Clinic, during the pandemic, ensuring the utmost safety for patients while providing dental and medical treatments.