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A 46-year-old member asked:

Can a cavity filling hurt afterwards?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
Sometimes: This should be mild and temporary. If not, check back with your own dentist.
Dr. Jeffrey Krantz
Dentistry 10 years experience
It should not: Properly done, with appropriate analgesia [pain control] and proper technique, they should not.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

Can getting a cavity filling hurt?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
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.
A 49-year-old member asked:

How much will a cavity filling hurt?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Dentistry 33 years experience
Not at all: With local anesthetics, dental treatment pain is the stuff of mythology and hysteria--if and only if you don't wait until dental disease is a full blown infection. In some advanced, abscess cases, anesthetic doesn't work 100%. In those cases, i'll prescribe antibiotics and home care remedies until infection subsides and then provide therapy. Much more confortable for both of us!
A 45-year-old member asked:

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

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
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.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Can getting a first cavity filling hurt with no novicane ?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Dave Burns
A Verified Doctoranswered
47 years experience
Depends: I have been able to catch early decay and use laughing gas without anesthetic to fill a tooth. I normally numb so work with your dentist and do what is best to do the procedure correctly.
Last updated Dec 10, 2013
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