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Although resin fillings have been around for quite some time, most insurance companies will only cover them at the full reimbursement rate if they are on the front teeth. Insurance providers often categorize them as a “cosmetic procedure,” and therefore cover them at a lower rate than an amalgam filling. Dr. Aust frequently is heard saying “we have your best interest at heart, your insurance company is just trying to make that payment on their skyscraper.”
When we place a resin filling in the back of your mouth, insurance companies will often reimburse at the same rate they would an amalgam filling. Unfortunately, amalgam fillings are cheaper, so the dental insurance companies are putting the difference in cost of the resin fillings on you. With proper oral hygiene, composite fillings are a great option for you and because they last longer and cause less damage over time. You are saving money in the long run. An amalgam, then another amalgam down the road, then a crown after that, is still much more expensive then one resin filling. Dr. Aust has had the same resin in his mouth for 25 years. We practice what we preach.