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Dental Fillings in Alexandria

Why Might I Need a Filling?

Protecting Your Smile, One Tooth at a Time

Dental fillings are essential when tooth decay has created a cavity in your tooth. Left untreated, these cavities can grow larger, causing pain and potentially leading to more serious dental issues. At Kenmore Family Dental Care, Dr. Heejo Han provides expert filling treatments to restore your teeth and prevent further damage.

Benefits of Composite Fillings

Natural-Looking Results

Composite fillings are color-matched to your natural teeth, making them virtually invisible when you smile or speak.

Preserves More Tooth Structure

Composite fillings require less removal of healthy tooth material compared to traditional amalgam fillings.

Versatile and Durable

These fillings can be used on front or back teeth and are strong enough to withstand normal chewing forces.

Treatment Timeline

What to Expect at Every Step

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Examination and Preparation

Step 1

Dr. Han will carefully examine your tooth and take X-rays if necessary to determine the extent of decay. The affected area is then cleaned and prepared for the filling material.

Applying the Composite Material

Step 2

The tooth-colored composite resin is carefully applied in layers. Each layer is hardened with a special light before the next is added, ensuring a strong and durable filling.

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Shaping and Polishing

Step 3

Once all layers are in place, Dr. Han will shape the filling to match your natural tooth contours. The filling is then polished to create a smooth surface and comfortable bite.

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“AMAZING 6/5 STARS... New to the area and was having wisdom tooth pain. Dr. Han was extremely caring and didn't rush me to get an extraction. He made sure I felt good so I could keep him updated. Obviously will go back for my extraction soon and I'm glad I found them. Update: Had two of my wisdom teeth extracted. Getting an appointment was fast and they have convenient hours. I was extremely nervous but Dr. Han is AMAZING. The procedure was so fast and you could tell he is very good at what he does. My recovery was less than 24 hours, with minimal pain. Went back for the suture removal and it is almost completely healed only a week later. ”

Gabi R.

I am never one to leave reviews, but this one is beyond deserving. Dr. Han and his assistant went above and beyond my expectations. I suffer from severe anxiety when it comes to doctors because of past experiences. However, Dr. Han's jokes and literally telling me everything he was doing before he did it made this a wonderful visit. I left feeling great and not anxious. #officiallyhavemypermanentdoc

Sharie O.

“I am SUPER nervous about going to the dentist, but this place is FABULOUS. The staff was friendly, gentle, and understanding, and Dr. Han was incredible. I had my first crown put in. He was knowledgeable about everything from which numbing agents were best to use (I've had reactions to all of them except the one he used), which crown material to use with zero mercury in them, and understood even the homeopathic pain remedies I prefer to use. Everyone there has a great bedside manner and Dr. Han really helped put me at ease with his humor and positive attitude. Fantastic office all around!”

Meredith P.

“5/5 stars! Dr. Han is the best dentist we have ever seen - of the 35+ dentists who have treated us in the past 30 years )we were both in the military)! We are following Dr. Han from his previous dental office over to his new practice - one that will be entirely his own. So excited for the care we expect to receive there... Dr. Han is just that good! Friendly, calming, listens and is highly competent. We even recommended him to my parents, who plan to sign up once Dr. Han's practice opens!”

Camilla B.

Dr. Han and his staff were amazing. He performed a thorough examination. He was up front and I appreciate him for that. Dr. Han has a great bedside manner and really cares for his patients. THANK YOU, Dr. Han!

Hermenigilda E.

Dr. Han is extremely kind and highly skilled as is his assistant. I was nervous due to prior bad experiences with other practices, but upon meeting him, I immediately was put at ease. He fixed my issue, and in doing so, gave me relief from years of discomfort and inflammation.

M. Warco

Dr. Han was phenomenal. My previous dental experiences had been awful and left me with severe PTSD. With Dr. Han I've never felt more reassured or in capable hands. I was talked through every little thing and assured over and over through any process I went through. Permanent dentist office for life.

Mary P.

I'm very pleased with the results of my front tooth dental crown. Thank you, Dr. Han, you did an amazing job it looks so natural and I feel pretty! Your kindness and honesty makes a positive difference.

Mary F.

Always love working with Dr. Han - he is a top-notch dentist, master of his craft, and is always very knowledgeable, never patronizing. I appreciate the fact that he doesn't try to upsell me on unnecessary treatments or procedures, and I can always opt out of things like fluoride if needed. But rest assured, he embraces a mindset of proactive preventive care.

Holden M.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Learn More About Dental Fillings

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How long do composite fillings last?

Composite fillings typically last between 5-7 years, but their longevity can vary depending on several factors. With excellent oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups, they can last even longer. The location of the filling in your mouth, your eating habits, and how well you care for your teeth all play a role in the filling's lifespan. For instance, fillings in your back teeth, which endure more pressure from chewing, may wear out faster than those in your front teeth. To maximize the life of your fillings, it's important to brush twice daily, floss regularly, and avoid habits like teeth grinding or chewing on hard objects.

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Is the filling procedure painful?

The filling procedure itself should not be painful. Before starting the treatment, Dr. Han will apply a local anesthetic to numb the area around the affected tooth. This ensures you remain comfortable throughout the process. You might feel some pressure or vibration during the procedure, but this shouldn't be painful. After the anesthetic wears off, it's normal to experience some sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, or slight discomfort when biting down. This sensitivity usually subsides within a few days to a week. If you're particularly anxious about dental procedures, don't hesitate to discuss this with Dr. Han. At Kenmore Family Dental Care, we offer various options to help make your experience as comfortable as possible.

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Can I eat normally after getting a filling?

You can eat soon after the procedure, but it's best to wait until the numbness wears off to avoid accidentally biting your cheek or tongue.

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How can I prevent needing fillings in the future?

Regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups are key to preventing cavities and maintaining good oral health.

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