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A 45-year-old member asked:

Does the novocain (procaine) shot hurt for cavity filling?

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Dr. Pooja Saroha
A Verified Doctoranswered
Dentistry 16 years experience
No: Your dentist will most likely use a topical anesthetic to numb the gingival tissues prior to injection.
Dr. Stefan Hariskov
Anesthesiology 16 years experience
Thanks for asking!: You would fill a pinch with the shot as well as some pressure/burning in the immediate period when the local anesthetic is injected. After that, it will be much better and you won't feel much of anything.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Will my fillings hurt after novocain (procaine) wears off?

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Dr. Seth Rosen
Specializes in Dentistry
You will feel sore.: You may feel a little bit of soreness and sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures immediately after the novocain (procaine) wears off and maybe for a day or two. Any discomfort is very temporary and will quickly wear off. Take Ibuprofen or any otc pain medication in the meantime.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Can a cavity filling hurt afterwards?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Sometimes: This should be mild and temporary. If not, check back with your own dentist.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Can getting a cavity filling hurt?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Not if you are numb: If your tooth is numbed up with a local anesthetic, there is nothing to feel. Some small fillings do not require local anesthesia. Everyone has different pain thresholds. Often, "sweet air" alone is sufficient to negate the need for local anesthesia. Discuss this issue with your own dentist.

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