The term dental alloy covers all alloys used in dentistry for dental prostheses (prosthetics).
The range of application includes the fabrication of crowns, dental bridges and telescopes via clasps and retentions or even the soldering of metal joints. As simple as it sounds to mix components such as metals to form an alloy, the actual effort involved is far more complex. When choosing the materials and the right composition, it is important to consider individually for each patient that the material excludes any kind of metal allergy and thus demonstrates biocompatibility. It is important to avoid material incompatibilities that could be caused by the dental prosthesis or implants.
A first distinction is made between precious and non-precious metal alloys.