Fillings

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Family Dental Group was founded in 1983 by Dr. Doug Hadnot and Dr. Jackie Jones.

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Family Dental Group was originally at the other end of the Southgate Mall by J.C. Penny’s.

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Family Dental Group’s original location became a hockey store after we moved.

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Family Dental Group’s current location was KB Toys before we moved in.

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Family Dental Group is independent and locally owned.

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Family Dental Group does not do cost shifting. All our patients are charged the same fees.

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Family Dental Group offers a 5% discount for cash or check payments that do not involve insurance billing.

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Family Dental Group moved to their current location in 2008.

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Dr. Dusseau purchased Family Dental Group in 1999 from Dr. Doug Hadnot. Dr. Hadnot continued working here for 6 years and still comes to our Parties.

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Dr. Dusseau was selected by the Department of Defense for the Space Program. Unfortunately, no mission specialists were funded by N.A.S.A that year.

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Dr. Dusseau is an Army Combat veteran.

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Dr. Norris is a graduate of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

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Dr. Hyvonen is a Montana native from Charlo.

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Dr. Diggs graduated cum laude with an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul Minnesota.

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Dr. Norris graduated summa cum laude with and undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology from the University of New Hampshire.

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Lisa has been a dental hygienist at Family Dental Group since 2004.

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Danesa has a BS in Dental Hygiene from the University of Minnesota. She graduated in 2004.

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Dr. Hyvonen was a bartender at Mr. C’s Hideaway before she went to Dental School.

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Dr. Dusseau went to Airborne School when she was in the Army. Her husband pinned her jump wings on her.

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Dr. Dusseau provided dental care for Iraqi prisoners after the Gulf War.

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Our assistant Rita has been with us longer than anyone. She joined us in 2001.

A filling is a way to restore a damaged tooth back to its normal function and shape. When you get a filling, the dentist will remove the decayed material from the tooth, clean the affected area, and then fill the area with a material designed for fillings. There are many types of filling material available, ranging from gold to porcelain.

What's In A Name?

Tooth-colored fillings, white fillings and composite resin fillings are all names for the high-strength, natural-looking composite resin fillings that can be placed today instead of silver (also known as amalgam fillings) or gold. No matter what the name, Family Dental Group dentists will know just what you're talking about when referring to this natural-looking filling.

Call us at (406) 541-2886 or request an appointment online so we can discuss the benefits of tooth-colored fillings and how they can help improve your smile.

Replacing Old Fillings

Sometimes fillings are worn, cracked, or have new decay near or around them. These fillings need to be replaced. Patients have the option to replace silver and gold fillings with a more natural looking tooth-colored composite resin filling material. Composite resin fillings are bonded to the tooth structure and resemble the natural tooth.

Other Benefits:

  • Beautiful in appearance
  • Completed in a single visit
  • Less leakage between the filling and the tooth
  • Less chance of tooth cracking

Strong and Natural Looking

Tooth-colored fillings are made from a high-strength composite resin that can be color-matched to your natural tooth making it nearly invisible to you or anyone else. Unlike silver and gold fillings, composite tooth-colored fillings actually bond to the tooth, meaning the filling supports the surrounding tooth structure, which can help prevent tooth fracture.

How Much do Tooth Colored Fillings Cost?

As with every dental procedure, prices vary depending on each person's unique treatment situation; but, tooth-colored fillings generally cost more than silver fillings. Most patients still prefer tooth-colored fillings even with the higher cost; the price differences are worth it because of the natural appearance and aesthetic quality of composite fillings.

Don't Count Silver & Gold Out Completely

Silver and gold fillings (gold inlays or onlays) have been around for a very long time, and to this day, they do an excellent job in filling teeth. Tooth-colored fillings are, by far, a patient's first choice as a filling material because they are more natural looking. This doesn't mean tooth-colored fillings are the best choice in every situation; silver fillings still have several benefits. In situations where a tooth requires a large filling and other treatment options such as a porcelain crown is not financially possible, a silver filling might be your best treatment option because of the structural qualities of the metals themselves. Composite fillings generally can't withstand the forces exerted on them if they have to cover a very large area. Silver fillings generally cost less than tooth-colored fillings, and patients that need fillings in back teeth often consider silver fillings.