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Dental Fillings

Dental Fillings Alexandria VA

Happy & Healthy

Dental Fillings

Dental Fillings Alexandria VA

Dental Fillings

in Alexandria, VA

Dental fillings are a treatment used to fill small holes in teeth that are from fractures or decay. Decay is the result of bacterial infections. Bacteria accumulate on your teeth when they are not brushed or flossed daily, but also from a poor diet, lifestyle habits, medication, medical conditions, drug use, and can cause tooth decay. Dental fillings cover the hole in a tooth to protect the sensitive pulp and prevent further damage to the tooth.

The entire team at INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA shares an office goal. With over three decades of experience, we pride ourselves in being old school when it comes to respecting you and your family and giving you the treatment that we would wish to receive ourselves. Every single patient receives the quality care they deserve. This is the way to earn your trust and satisfaction. Our team is focused on our collaborative efforts to promote oral health by practicing prevention, wellness, enhancement, and renewing rejuvenation. Visit us at 4660 Kenmore Ave., #320, Alexandria, VA 22304 or give us a call today at 703-751-7600 to schedule your appointment to see if you might benefit from a dental filling treatment. 

There are several dental procedures that can be used to treat tooth decay. One of the oldest and most popular type of treatment is a dental filling. Dental fillings are extremely common. Research has proven the average American has three dental fillings, while 25 percent has more than 10. Over the years the dental fillings procedure has improved, and it is now faster and easier to have a cavity treated at INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA than ever before.

Your Dental Fillings Options

There are several types of dental fillings used in the dental industry today. These include traditional metal fillings, as well as newer composite fillings, which are growing in popularity.

  • Metal Fillings- Made from several materials including amalgam, these are the most common. The silver material is most people are familiar with and expect to have used for their dental filling. Amalgam is made from a metal alloy containing silver, mercury, tin, and copper. These are inexpensive fillings and quite durable. You could have a dental filling placed and have it for the rest of your life without ever needing to have it replaced or repaired. Another type of metal filling that is less popular, and more expensive, is a gold cast filling. This is less common and takes longer to set.
  • Composite Fillings- These are less visible than metal fillings because they are tooth-colored. Composite dental fillings are made from a mixture of plastic and glass and are bonded to the tooth. This type is more expensive than traditional metal fillings, but they are far more aesthetic and can also last a long time.
  • Porcelain Fillings- Porcelain fillings are the latest type of filling that uses the newest technological advancements in the dental industry. These dental fillings are incredibly strong and look just like your real teeth. They will not stain, and they can last for decades when taken care of properly.

A Comparison Between Metal and Composite Fillings

The primary difference between composite and amalgam fillings is simply the material used. Dental amalgam is a blend of several metals, including silver and mercury. It has been used successfully to fill teeth in the United States for centuries. Records of a similar amalgam are even mentioned in Chinese medical texts going back to the first century.

Beginning in the 1990s, advances in the dental industry produced new material for dental fillings. The most popular of these has now become the composite fillings. The material used for composite fillings is a mixture of polymers that will adhere to the tooth surface and then are hardened with a blue light.

Some may prefer this filling because it does not contain mercury. Because it is tooth-colored, it is also not readily visible. Composite resins are strong enough to withstand biting pressures with the back teeth, and usually last ten years or more, making them a practical, attractive, and comfortable alternative to metal amalgam.


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The Dental Filling Procedure

Dental fillings are a common, everyday dental procedure. The procedure is simple and can be completed in less than an hour.

The first step in preparing for a dental filling is for INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA to administer a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and the immediate soft tissue. Next, we must clean and remove any decay with a high-speed dental drill. X-rays will be taken to confirm the cavity or diseased area.

Now we can discuss and determine the right cavity filling material for your preferences. The tooth is cleaned and prepared to receive the filling. If you chose the composite filling, less tooth surface needs to be removed than if you are having metal fillings placed.

Proper Dental Filling Aftercare

Once your dental filling is placed, you may continue to have a numbing sensation in the area for a few hours.  Once the numbness has worn off, you are able to resume all normal activities. You will treat your dental filling like you do the rest of your teeth by continuing to brush and floss properly to ensure your dental filling lasts a long time.

During regular check-ups and exams with INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA, we will check the integrity of the filling and make sure that further decay has not occurred. You may experience some sensitivity for a few weeks following your dental filling as well. This is common and will subside with some time.

If you have some pain in the area, talk with us right away. If your dental filling ever cracks or falls out, make an appointment right away to have it repaired or replaced to prevent further damage from occurring.


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My family has been seeing Dr. White through more than a decade of teeth cleanings, tooth injuries, teeth grinding, cavities, caps, root canal... you name it. The office is 30 minutes away but we wouldn't consider another dentist office. It's not just that Dr. White is a great professional, it's that he and his family run a great office. Scheduling, insurance, hygienists, hours -- everything about interacting with them is first rate.Everybody is knowledgeable, thorough, and kind. They take major insurance, and have even given me advice on which options to select. ...and Dr. White is a big Nats fan, which is a bonus in my book any day.


Alexandria, VA

Our Mission Statement is to Open Doors with a Smile

At INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA, our mission statement is quite simple. We approach every patient with attentive, gentle grace and patience. We understand the concept that we each are unique, and we all have our personal therapy plans. No matter the age, we will treat each patient only as we wish to be treated. By integrating cutting-edge technology with solid tradition, we attempt every day to exceed your expectations. Visit us at 4660 Kenmore Ave., #320, Alexandria, VA 22304 or give us a call today at 703-751-7600 to schedule your appointment for an evaluation to see if you might benefit from a dental filling.  High quality, comfortable, relaxing environment, and plenty of smiles is what you will encounter at INSPIRE DENTAL OF ALEXANDRIA.


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