Dental treatments and fillings

Information on fillings, root canal treatment and periodontal treatment

When it comes to dental treatments, there is a difference between cavities, periodontosis and root canal therapy. This page presents the different dental treatments and fillings.

Treating cavities and getting fillings

When dentists detect signs of tooth decay, they start by removing the affected tooth substance to save as much of the healthy tooth as possible. They then move on to replacing the missing substance with a filling, for which various different materials are available. 

Ina Lange, personal consultant, Munich

'Be sure to visit your dentist at least once a year for a check-up. You will be eligible for an increased allowance if you attend regularly, which will come in useful if you ever need dentures in the future.'

Fillings in detail

The following overview is designed to outline which materials we cover the costs for

 

MaterialColourSuitabilityDurabilityCost /outlayExcess
AmalgamSilverPosterior teeth8–10 yearsNormalNo
Glass ionomer (cement)Light, mattMilk teeth1–2 yearsNormalNo
CompomerTooth colourAll teeth4–6 yearsHighYes
Composite (plastic)Tooth colourAll teeth4–6 yearsHighSome
Gold inlayGoldPosterior teeth10–15 yearsVery highYes
Ceramic inlayTooth colourPosterior teeth10 yearsVery highYes

Please note: if you are allergic to amalgam or another filling material and this has been established by an allergist, your dentist can use an alternative material for your filling, such as a composite plastic. If this is the case, then we will cover the cost of the alternative filling material.

Root canal treatment

If your dental pulp is inflamed and cannot heal on its own, your dentist will try to save your tooth with root canal treatment. Your dentist will remove the affected pulp, clean the root canal and then seal off the pulp cavity with a filling. This is often a fairly drawn-out procedure, since it commonly requires several appointments to treat. If your root canal treatment is considered essential from a dentistry perspective and your tooth can be saved by the procedure, then SBK will cover the costs for you.

Periodontal treatment

If you already suffer from bleeding gums in the event of minor irritation such as daily brushing, this may be a sign of periodontal disease – also known as periodontosis. The gums start to recede and create pockets around the teeth. If your dentist recommends periodontal treatment, then they will contact us directly to cover the costs. Generally speaking, you will receive the go-ahead from us within a few days of us receiving the necessary paperwork, which means we have agreed to cover the costs of this contractual treatment.

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