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Cavities are very common. Chances are, you’ve gotten one. But do you know what it is, really? Cavities are small holes that form in your tooth enamel, the outermost layer of your teeth. Cavities must be stopped in their tracks or they may burrow into the root or pulp of your teeth, resulting in infection and the need for a root canal. Dental fillings are usually the best way to treat a cavity. Here are some fun facts about dental fillings:

-Dental fillings can protect teeth from getting future cavities.

-Dental amalgams are a kind of filling that can be used to stop large cavities. Composite fillings, on the other hand, are typically used to stop small and medium-sized cavities.

-If a dental amalgam is cracked or lost, it can be replaced with a new one. Composite fillings don’ t need to be removed but can be repaired or filled over if damaged.

-Composite fillings are designed to mimic the shade of your natural teeth to seamlessly blend in with the rest of your smile.

If you have a cavity, you’ll want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stephen Babin and our team at our dentist office in Metairie, Louisiana, call Stephen Babin DDS at 504-887-2428 and a member of our team will gladly assist you. It’s never too late to start taking steps to a healthier you!