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Cavities form when an exploited area of tooth enamel is afflicted by the natural bacteria living in your mouth. This could be the after-effect of a small dental fracture, a natural contour in the tooth enamel that wasn’t cleaned by twice-daily brushing, or general inconsistencies in your oral hygiene regimen.

With early detection, the dentists at Stephen Babin DDS’s Metairie, Louisiana, clinic might be able to repair a small cavity with a standard filling.

After a thorough examination to determine the severity of the tooth decay, your dentist will inject Novocain into the gums to numb the area. They will then use a drill to remove any decayed tooth enamel. This leaves behind a healthy, clean surface to apply a filling.

The filling material your dentist presents to you will be based on the tooth’s location and its visibility in your smile. Composite fillings are made from a special dental-grade resin. They can be shaded to match tooth enamel, making them a good choice for a filling hat visible in your smile. Amalgam fillings are made from a blend of base metals. They are known for being durable enough to repair a small cavity on a back tooth.

After curing the filling with a special ultraviolet light, the filling will securely bond to the natural tooth enamel for many years to come.

If you live in Metairie, Louisiana, and you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should call 504-887-2428 to seek professional treatment at Stephen Babin DDS’s dental offices.