Dental fillings

Small hole sighted…

Bacteria are responsible for caries (tooth decay), which break down the tooth structure and this ultimately results in a hole in the tooth. In many young patients, the teeth are often close together, so caries also often occurs in hidden places between the teeth.
This is also the reason why regular check-ups and prompt treatment with suitable filling materials are very important. Because without treatment, caries bacteria will eat their way deeper and deeper into the teeth.

After caries has been carefully removed, dental fillings are used to seal smaller dental defects. They continue to protect the sensitive areas of the treated tooth. We do not use amalgam in our practice but only high-quality synthetic materials (composites) and glass ionomer cements.

Synthetic material fillings

We consider resin fillings as the higher quality and more aesthetically appealing filling, as it lasts for many years and is tooth-coloured, so it is virtually invisible. In the anterior dental area we always use resin fillings; this is also covered by the statutory health insurance funds for all age groups.
For children, this filling material is now paid for by the statutory health insurance fund for permanent teeth and even milk teeth up to the age of 15. With milk teeth, the statutory health insurance funds have specified that synthetic fillings may only be used up to two years before the tooth falls out naturally.

Glass ionomer cement fillings

These are made from a glass powder and acid mixture and they adhere effectively. With their fluoride content they also prevent caries.
We mainly fill milk teeth with these cements, as they can be processed quickly and easily, which makes the treatment more pleasant for your child. However, they are somewhat softer than synthetics and are gradually washed away by saliva. This means they are not as masticatory stable and therefore have to be replaced more often or will simply fall out along with a treated milk tooth. Glass ionomer cement fillings are slightly yellowish and only resemble the natural tooth colour. Over time, these fillings become slightly darker.
As such, they do not meet the aesthetic and functional requirements of a long-term filling material.
The statutory health insurance funds bear all the costs in full.

We`ll find the right dental filling

Which type is used on your child depends on the dentist’s findings. This is why a thorough diagnosis is so important before starting the treatment. Sometimes, the final decision about the materials to be used can only be made during a procedure.
We are happy to advise you in detail in advance.