Planning Fillings in Arlington, Virginia

Proper care and planning can increase the longevity of restorations.

Before a filling is placed; cracks, decay and all old defective restorative materials (usually amalgam, gold, ceramic or old composite) are completely removed.

Dental composite (white filling material) is placed over a bonding agent, which bonds the composite to the tooth structure. Dental composites, similar to enamel, are very susceptible to acidic environments, and their lifespan is largely dependent on clenching/grinding habits, oral hygiene habits and oral pH. Similar to enamel, items with low (acidic) pH such as coffee, soda, tea and wine, greatly affect the lifetime serviceability of restorations.

Sensitivity

Because patients are often "numb" when the bite is checked, fillings may feel "high" once the anesthesia wears off. In this case, please call and return to the office for a bite adjustment. Sensitivity is normal and can last for 2-3 weeks following fillings, however 1-2 days is more common.

  • 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