• Ideally, after a filling, your tooth should feel completely normal.
  • With composite (tooth-colored) fillings, you can resume normal activities as soon as you leave our office.
  • With amalgam (silver) fillings, it takes 24 hours for the filling material to fully set. Avoid chewing on the side of your mouth with the new filling for 24 hours.
  • Occasionally, a tooth with a new filling may be sensitive (especially to cold) after the procedure. Any sensitivity should begin to subside within a few days.
  • Occasionally, your gums may be tender at the local anesthesia injection site. If this occurs, rinse with warm saltwater (1/2 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) for a few days. Over-the-counter pain relievers (Tylenol or ibuprofen) may also be used, if needed.


  • Your bite feels unbalanced or your tooth begins to hurt after the anesthesia has worn off, the restoration may need a slight adjustment. Please contact our office.


  • No follow-up care is needed after a filling.
  • Regular preventative care is important to maintain oral health and to catch any problems while they are still small. We will make sure you are scheduled appropriately.
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  • Always friendly and very good service. Clean teeth are happy teeth.
    —Gary Douty
  • So happy to find my dentist here in clarksville! They have an awesome friendly team! They treat you like family.
    —Anna Harrop
  • The staff is absolutely amazing here. They are tentative to all your needs and always make you feel right at home. Hands down best dentist I have ever had. Definitely recommend!
    —Brittany Nowak
  • Dr. Bare and his staff are excellent. They treat you with care and kindness, each and every one. I have never been to a friendlier dental office. Most importantly, the quality of treatment and attention to your dental and financial needs is simply outstanding.
    —Shane Moore
  • I have to say this is the best Dentist I have been to in Clarksville and I have been to a few while trying to find the perfect fit for my family & myself! Dr. Bare is awesome as well!
    —Kelly Kiser
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Restorative Dental
Phone: (931) 542-4002
Fax: (931) 202-9108
237 Dunbar Cave Rd Suite A
Clarksville, TN 37043
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