Gold is used for inlays – but also for crowns and bridges in the form of special alloys. Gold is a proven, durable and biocompatible solution. Gold inlay is the precision work of the dentist and dental technician. Whether it’s durability, precision fit or body compatibility – gold is a proven and, in many ways, superior material. A gold inlay can last for decades. Each gold inlay is unique.
The all-ceramic inlay is the right alternative for demanding patients. The perfectly fitting ceramic filling produced in the dental laboratory is inseparably bonded to the tooth by a wafer-thin composite layer. The tooth is also protected by the fact that only the diseased tooth substance has to be removed. This is also possible with larger defects, so that in some cases even crowning can be avoided.
Tooth-coloured alternatives to amalgam are plastic composite resins filled with micro-glass particles that provide perfect esthetics. This type of restoration is suitable for the anterior region and for small fillings in the posterior region. The cost of these fillings is high and the statutory health insurance companies only reimburse part of the costs. However, the results are excellent both aesthetically and functionally.
Amalgam has proven itself over many decades as a filling material for tooth damage due to its unique properties. However, it has also been criticised for its mercury content. However, there is no clear scientific evidence of health problems caused by amalgam. Only patients with kidney damage, mercury allergy sufferers, pregnant women and nursing mothers are concerned about its use. Tooth-coloured fillings made of special plastics (composite), ceramic and gold inlays are more aesthetically pleasing, more durable and in any case safer. However, the costs for this are not borne by the statutory health insurance.