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A 18-year-old male asked:

I'm having a filling done on my front tooth near the gum line. will the shot be more painful, and will the filling be noticeable?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Kim
Dentistry 26 years experience
End result-worth it: Many patients' biggest fears have to do with injections. The area (of the upper front teeth) is a very tender and sensitive area to anesthetize. Talk to your dentist about valium and nitrous oxide (laughing gas) sedation. Both are very effective at reducing anxiety and ultimately discomfort. But, cosmetic restorations, when properly placed, are virtually invisible to most people who look at you.
Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
Pinch but do it: Yes the injection is going to hurt a bit but only for a very short time. The value of having the filling done is well worth it and more than likely your dentist will be able to hide it well enough that only you and your dentist will be able to see it. You may need it replaced years down the road, but it is well worth it. Best of luck, you'll be happy you did it.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Very simple and easy: A good dentist can make getting the injection very simple. Most patients fear the worst and are pleasantly surprised how quick, easy and comfortable it is. Ask your dentist if he\she has "sweet air" which when used may result in you not even feeling anything. Today's tooth colored composite bonded filling blend in with tooth structure and should be "invisible" as compared to the tooth.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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No and no: If injections are given gently and slowly, you should feel very little. Also topical anesthetic is used before the injection, which helps. With all the great bonding materials we have, the shade and contours will make it look almost undetectable.

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