Injection of local anesthetic is common for most procedures: It provides patient comfort during restorative dental care.

Two or three injections are often needed with normal effects ranging from 2 – 12 hours post injection. It is okay to eat and drink, but keep in mind that sensation to biting forces and temperature is impaired. Please be careful. Almost all discomfort associated with dental procedures postoperatively is due to the injection/s and/or trauma to the gum, and not the actual procedure to the tooth itself.

Swelling, bruising and generalized discomfort at the injection site as a result of soft tissue trauma are common for up to 10 days. The discomfort may radiate and spread. Most patients feel little or no discomfort by the following day.

  • I first came to see Dr. Kern to get my caps replaced from an accident when I was younger. Dr. Kern was very helpful in showing me all the ways in which we could replace and revitalize my smile, which was something I had been ashamed of for quite sometime. She was even patient with me when I went back and forth several times to see the difference between replacing two of the crowns or perhaps changing and having four crowns, to align my smile. I chose to move forward with four crowns. I explained to Dr. Kern that I was to be in several weddings in the near future. Dr. Kern made sure to create a timeline which ensured that all the dental work would be completed in time. At the first wedding the bride (my sister) commented on how white and beautiful my teeth were. She told me she had been whitening her teeth for about two months but they still weren’t as white as mine. At the second wedding two months later, several people commented on how white my teeth were, even though I drank red wine. My experience with Dr. Kern was amazing! She is very personal and always makes sure to say hello when I see her outside of the dentist office. I would recommend her to anyone!
    Best, Morgan