Dental FillingsBay City, MI

Dental Fillings An Overview

Dental fillings are used to treat teeth that are showing signs of decay or have been affected by trauma, wear or other damage. A dental filling will restore strength and beauty to the tooth and protect the tooth from future damage. Dr. Mahnke is proud to offer white dental fillings to achieve natural, long lasting results.

As a highly trained family dentist, Dr. Mahnke has extensive experience in all aspects of dentistry and can work with you to find the right solution for your smile.  We highly suggest that patients visit our Bay City dental office at least twice a year and maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine to minimize the risk of developing cavities and tooth decay. We strive to provide the highest quality of care possible for routine visits and preventive care, as well as advanced care for the treatment of complex dental problems.

Replacing Metal Dental Fillings

Modern advances in cosmetic dentistry mean that you no longer need to suffer from unsightly and uncomfortable silver/mercury fillings. Our dentist can replace old, broken-down amalgam (metal) fillings with white fillings for a more comfortable and natural looking restoration.

In many cases, the dentist will use a porcelain dental filling to replace your old filling. If the old filling was large and removing it will compromise the tooth, Dr. Mahnke may recommend a dental crown to add additional strength.

What To Do If You Have A Broken Dental Filling?

If you have a missing or broken dental filling, it is important to contact our office as quickly as possible. Dr. Mahnke will perform an examination and discuss treatment options appropriate to your situation. As an emergency dentist, Dr. Mahnke is able to quickly treat patients who are experiencing a dental emergency. Contact us to schedule emergency treatment.

Dental Fillings What to Expect

Types of Dental Fillings

What is a “White Filling”?

White fillings are tooth-colored dental fillings that are created to blend seamlessly with your natural smile. They are made of composite resin or porcelain. White fillings are virtually undetectable and provide long lasting strength and durability.

Resin Dental Fillings
Resin dental fillings are made from a biocompatible composite resin which is applied directly to the tooth. Treatment with resin dental fillings is also called composite bonding. Generally, our dentist uses resin dental fillings and composite bonding for patients with minor tooth decay or damage.

Porcelain Dental Fillings
Porcelain dental fillings may also be called inlays, onlays or partial crowns. Ideal for patients with more significant damage or decay, porcelain dental fillings add additional strength to the tooth. With proper care and maintenance, porcelain fillings may last up to 30 years.

Inlay vs. Onlay

  • An inlay replaces missing tooth structure between the cusps (bumps) of the surface of the tooth
  • An onlay, sometimes called a partial crown, is more extensive, covering one or more cusps

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