Does the dental insurance cover the bonding

The cost of dental fillings and who pays them

Types and material for dental fillings

The following materials are available:

  • amalgam
  • plastic
  • Ceramic inlays
  • Gold inlays

An amalgam filling

A filling with amalgam is part of the standard care. This means that the statutory health insurance pays the costs for the treatment and the material. However, amalgam is only used on the "chewing pressure-bearing posterior teeth" (molars), i.e. not on the incisors that are visible in front. The material, consisting of silver and mercury, has been the subject of controversy for a long time and has repeatedly been classified as hazardous to health, especially for people who are not entirely healthy or who already have a particularly large number of fillings of this type. The advantage of amalgam is that it is easy to process and, in the best case, can last for decades.

The plastic filling

Strictly speaking, fillings made of plastic consist of plastic composites. This means that it is a mixture of plastic and quartz or glass sand. This plastic is glued as a filling and can be repaired.
The advantage of plastic fillings is that they are not recognizable as a filling because they are color-coordinated with the teeth. They are therefore also suitable for the front teeth. The shelf life is usually 10 to 15 years, depending on the processing and size of the filling. The cost of a plastic filling is between 70 and 150 euros. The health insurance company pays about half of this.

Inlays made from different materials

So-called inlays are used for the posterior teeth. First of all, they have to be manufactured and adjusted exactly for the affected tooth by a dental technician. For a restoration with an inlay, at least two visits to the dentist are necessary. Ceramic inlays are particularly popular, particularly durable and inconspicuous. Only inlays made from gold alloys are more durable: They have a lifespan of 10 to 30 years.

But the high-quality filling with an inlay has its price: inlays cost between 430 and 700 euros. The fixed subsidy from the health insurance company is a maximum of 64 euros. The rest has to be paid by the patient himself.

Good to know: The natural tooth substance wears off over the course of life - and inlays made of gold also have a wear period. However, if a ceramic inlay meets a natural opposing tooth, the opposing tooth is more likely to be ground than the ceramic inlay. Strictly speaking, gold is the more suitable material. A potential disadvantage: inlays made of gold are very noticeable because their color contrasts with the natural teeth.