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What to Expect if You Need a Dental Filling

February 5, 2020
Posted By: Hagan Dentistry
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None of us want to get cavities. We all try hard to keep our teeth clean and protected from decay by brushing and flossing—yet, sometimes, even despite our best efforts, occasional dental caries will creep in. 

When you get a cavity in a tooth, you need to have your cavity filled by a Kingsport dentist right away. But if you’ve never had a cavity filled before, you might not know what to expect. Below, our dental team briefly summarizes the process and what happens when you need fillings at the dentist:

Removing Decay 

Although they start very small, cavities jeopardize your oral health because the decay can spread aggressively. The longer you leave a dental carie untreated, the worse it will become. 

When you visit us for fillings at the dentist in Kingsport, Dr. Hagan will clean out the area of your tooth that’s infected. Cavities leave holes behind in teeth, and those holes contain bacteria and decay. Dr. Hagan’s job is to clean out the cavity and remove all traces of the bacteria using special dental instruments. Cleaning the area saves what is left of your tooth and stops the decay from spreading any farther. 

Strengthening the Tooth

Once we remove the dangerous decay from your tooth, we need to add material back into the tooth to help it stay strong. At Hagan Dental, we use tooth-colored fillings to accomplish this goal. 

Our tooth-colored fillings in Kingsport, TN go inside your tooth to take the place of the damaged material we had to remove. When we fill the space left behind by your cavity, we provide your tooth with much-needed strength and support so it can stay healthy and protected going forward. 

Do You Have a Cavity? Schedule a Filling With Our Kingsport Dentist

If we’ve detected a cavity in your smile, don’t wait to get your dental filling. Contact our dental office right away at (423) 239-8021 to schedule a time with us!

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