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. The gold inlay is a precision work of the dentist and dental technician. Whether durability, accuracy of fit or body compatibility - gold is a proven and in many respects 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 ceramic filling, which is produced in the dental laboratory and fits perfectly, 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 crowning can even be avoided.
Tooth-coloured alternatives to amalgam are plastic composites filled with micro-glass particles, which enable perfect aesthetics. 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 only covers part of the costs. However, the results are excellent both aesthetically and functionally.
Because of its unique properties, amalgam has proven itself as a filling material for tooth damage over many decades. Due to its mercury content, however, it has also come under criticism. However, health damage caused by amalgam has not yet been clearly proven scientifically. Only patients with kidney damage, mercury allergy sufferers, pregnant women and breastfeeding women have concerns about its use. Tooth-coloured fillings made of special plastics (composites), ceramic and gold inlays are aesthetically more demanding, more durable and in any case safer. However, the costs for this are not borne by the statutory health insurance.