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Your tooth enamel is that hard outer layer of your teeth. When it is damaged and a hole forms, it is called a cavity. If a cavity digs into the canal of a tooth, your pulp risks infection. This can lead to tooth loss. You can conquer this problem with a simple dental filling. There are two types of fillings. Let’s talk about each of them:

– Dental amalgams are made of various metals. These are very durable and are often best used for large and oversized cavities.

-Composite fillings are designed to match the color of your teeth that are often best used for smaller cavities.

– If you are seeking a dental filling that blends in with the natural color of your teeth, composites are a better choice. Amalgams are very durable but leave a metallic finish.

– If you’re interested in a mercury-free dental filling, avoid dental amalgams and go with the composite option. Make sure that you take care of your filling soon so the cavity doesn’t become too large.

– If a dental amalgam is damaged, it will need to be removed before it is replaced. If a composite filling is broken, it can be repaired or replaced without taking out the filling.

If you want a professional dental filling treatment from Steven Rattner DDS at our dentist office in College Park, Maryland, don’t hesitate to contact us at 301-474-8277. Dr. Steven Rattner and the rest of our team will make sure you get the cavity-free smile you desire.