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A 34-year-old member asked:

Is it painful to get a dental filling?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
Depends..: Did your dentist find the cavity in a very early stage? Then probably not. If it is deep then it could be sensitive or painful. Dentists are well trained in pain control- use of anesthetic so you will be comfortable. Also, people feel things differently, I have some patients that want / need anesthetic for teeth cleaning and others who have crowns made without any anesthetic and feel nothing!
Dr. Ira Biderman
Dentistry 10 years experience
Should not: With the proper use of local anesthesia there shoul dbe no pain whatsoever, and if the filling is very shallow you might not need any, and then might feel a little chill or vibration.
Dr. Matthew Kooyman
22 years experience
Not really: Getting numb can be the most difficult part of getting a filling. However through different techniques that can make it virtually painless.
Dr. Hai Huang
Dentistry 30 years experience
It depends: With the proper anesthetic, dental fillings are not painful. Depending on the extent of the decay, anesthetic may or may not be necessary. If the decay is deep, then there may be some pain.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Is getting a dental filling painful?

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Dr. Meng Syn
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Dentistry 39 years experience
No: Typically, the minor discomfort of getting anesthetic makes getting a filling painless. It is rare to have a circumstance where anesthetic does not work for filling appointments.
Last updated May 7, 2015

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