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A 18-year-old female asked:

I had 2 fillings today and was numbed with cream and a needle.my gum and cheek ache a bit will this just be because of the needle and where it numbed?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Yes: It's not uncommon to be sore for awhile at injection site from needle.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Normal: You had a surgical procedure. Your soft tissues were penetrated with a needle, fluid was injected, tissues were stretched and prodded. Needle tracts can be sore post-operatively. Will probably take a few days to fully recover. Try a mild analgesic like ibuprofen or aspirin. If symptoms worsen, don't wait, call your Dentist.

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Last updated Oct 5, 2016

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