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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.
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.
|Amalgam||Silver||Posterior teeth||8–10 years||Normal||No|
|Glass ionomer (cement)||Light, matt||Milk teeth||1–2 years||Normal||No|
|Compomer||Tooth colour||All teeth||4–6 years||High||Yes|
|Composite (plastic)||Tooth colour||All teeth||4–6 years||High||Some|
|Gold inlay||Gold||Posterior teeth||10–15 years||Very high||Yes|
|Ceramic inlay||Tooth colour||Posterior teeth||10 years||Very high||Yes|
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.
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.
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.