You are sitting on the dental chair, and everything is going according to plan, only for Dr. Cole Sutak to say you have a cavity. If you haven’t had a cavity before, you might have several questions running through your mind. However, to calm your nerves, dental cavities are quite common, and treating them is straightforward. At Lone Star Smiles, we treat cavities using composite (white) fillings that restore your smile without compromising its natural aesthetics.
Poor oral hygiene results in the build-up of plaque that harbors harmful bacteria; these bacteria secrete acidic substances that wear down your enamel. Once a cavity forms, your tooth isn’t going to repair itself — you have to seek treatment from a dentist to restore function and protect the tooth from further damage.
During treatment, we numb your mouth to make the procedure comfortable. Next, we drill out the decayed part and clean the area to eliminate harmful bacteria. Next, we apply composite resin material in layers to fill the decayed or damaged tooth. Once the composite resin material is molded to resemble your teeth, it’s hardened in place using a curing light, providing a tight seal to lock out future bacterial attacks.
Before letting you go, we test your bite to ensure it feels normal. If necessary, we make final adjustments and polish your filling to provide a shiny look.
Not only do tooth-colored fillings protect your tooth from infection and further damage, but also cosmetically transform your smile. Technological advancements ensure that the composite material can be color-matched to suit your grin, becoming virtually indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth.
The other benefits of composite fillings include:
Dr. Cole Sutak and his dedicated team at Lone Star Smiles are committed to providing quality dental care for patients in Lubbock, TX, and nearby communities. Dr. Sutak has specialized in full-mouth smile makeovers, implants, and more; and his primary goal is to help all his patients have the smile of their dreams.
Dr. Sutak received his Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Midwestern University in Arizona, and he continues expanding his knowledge in emerging treatments and technologies. Dr. Sutak is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, and Spear Education.