I really wanted to get white fillings. However, it seems my insurance company will only pay for the silver ones that have mercury in them. Is there any way to get the insurance company to pay for the white ones given the health risks of mercury?
Desiree S. from Glendale, AZ
Generally, dental insurance will only pay for the least expensive treatment. Amalgam (silver) fillings are slightly cheaper, therefore that is what they’ll cover. The ADA’s current findings are the mercury in amalgam fillings pose no health risk, therefore that probably won’t sway your insurance company.
As a practicing dentist, however, I have found many patients are uncomfortable knowingly placing mercury in their body. I am a mercury free dentist and do not place amalgam fillings.
There is not a huge price difference between the two, so you won’t be paying full price to get white fillings, also called composite fillings. Your insurance will cover the cost of the amalgams and you can just pay the difference between those and the composites.
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