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A 25-year-old female asked:

I think i have a small cavity in one of my back teeth and it doesn't hurt its just a small black shaded area if i have a small filling will it hurt?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. David May
Dentistry 31 years experience
Probably not.: We are able to take care of most small cavities in the beginning with no pain or sensitivity. If you are worried, a little anesthetic will make it absolutely painless.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
Painless: Fortunately, with Modern Dentistry, the filling treatment procedure, regardless molar or a front tooth, small or big is painless. Good luck.
Dr. David Nutter
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
With the modern approaches, the anesthetic should not hurt as it's being administered and the filling, like Dr. Grin said, should be painless.
Feb 19, 2015
Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
Dentistry 39 years experience
See your dentist: See your dentist ASAP. If the area is visible to the eye, the caries may be deeper than you think. If the tooth is not bothering you presently, this does not mean that it does not need to be addressed. The anticipation may be worse than treating the area.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Cavity: Don't have it filled and it's guaranteed to hurt as the tooth becomes abscessed. If you can see it it's probably no longer small. Cavities are like icebergs, larger below the surface. Your Dentist will make sure that removing the decay and filling the tooth will be painless. Please call now.

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