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Is it very painful to fill cavities without anesthetics?

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Dr. Reid Winick answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Many time a shallow cavity or gum line erosion can be filled without anesthetics. Otherwise, unless you have a high tolerance for pain, take the shot.

Answered Aug 28, 2012

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Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis answered

Specializes in Dentistry

It depends on the depth of the decay, and of course, patient tolerance. Shallow decay, if caught early can often be treated without any anesthetic, and without any pain. For deeper or more complex dentistry local anesthetic is recommended, as it is usually best for the comfort of both the patient and the dentist!

Answered Apr 17, 2015

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Dr. Jeff Kimble answered

Specializes in Dentistry

It really depends on the person, their age, and he depth of the cavity. Some can have most everything done in their mouth w/o anesthetic, and others need it even with minor procedures.

Answered Jun 8, 2015

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