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Can getting a cavity filling hurt?

Can getting a cavity filling hurt?

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. ...Read more

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Cavity (Definition)

Basically a cavity is a hole, or defect in the tooth structure. It is created by the demineralization and breakdown of tooth structure from the acid attack of ...Read more


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How much will a cavity filling hurt?

How much will a cavity filling hurt?

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! ...Read more

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Can a cavity filling hurt afterwards?

Can a cavity filling hurt afterwards?

It should not: Properly done, with appropriate analgesia [pain control] and proper technique, they should not. ...Read more

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Can getting a first cavity filling hurt with no novicane?

Can getting a first cavity filling hurt with no novicane?

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. ...Read more

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How badly does cavity filling hurt on a minor cavity in a front tooth and will I look weird after?

How badly does cavity filling hurt on a minor cavity in a front tooth and will I look weird after?

Fillings: That are minor/small many times do not even need anesthesia. If you require anesthesia ask the doctor to use an anesthetic without Epinephrine so it will not last as long (gen an hr with this type) and though you may feel numb and weird you will not look weird. Talk to your dentist. ...Read more

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Could you explain why does my cavity filling still hurts after 1 week ago?

Needs evaluation: Please call your dentist for an evaluation. May be as simple as the filling needing a very slight adjustment, or as complex as the nerve of the tooth dying. Your dentist can determine the cause of your soreness and can help you resolve the problem. ...Read more

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What are possible reasons that my cavity hurts after filling it a year ago?

What are possible reasons that my cavity hurts after filling it a year ago?

An infected nerve: Many times a properly done filling that seals the tooth completely properly actually seals in a dead or dying nerve. After a period of time this dying nerve which is inflamed and tries to expand goes in the path of least resistance which is down the root to the jaw. This pain seems like a "cavity hurting after a year". Usually it is indicative of the need for root canal therapy. ...Read more

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Please help! Does getting a filling in a cavity hurt?

Anesthesia: Based on the depth of decay, a local anesthetic will numb the area during placement and results are generally satisfactory depending on closeness to the nerve. ...Read more

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Was wondering if you have a cavity and have to get fillings does it hurt?

Was wondering if you have a cavity and have to get fillings does it hurt?

Dull sensation: 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! ...Read more

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

No: Your dentist will most likely use a topical anesthetic to numb the gingival tissues prior to injection. ...Read more

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Cavity in my molar hurts really bad...I want some home remedies to cure it...I do not want filling to be done....Please advise something thanks?

Cavity in my molar hurts really bad...I want some home remedies to cure it...I do not want filling to be done....Please advise something thanks?

Reconsider options: I want to be 4" taller and 40 years younger. In this world, that's not going to happen. Unfortunately neither is a home remedy to cure your cavity. You can suffer in pain or see a dentist who can hopefully save your tooth. The sooner you see a dentist, the sooner you'll be out of pain. Dentistry nowadays can be painless and postponing dental treatment only leads to more expense and less teeth. ...Read more

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My teeth are so sensitive it hurts to eat. I have no fillings or known cavities. What do I do?

My teeth are so sensitive it hurts to eat. I have no fillings or known cavities. What do I do?

Clenching/grinding: Is it possible that you are grinding or clenching your teeth? This will often cause sensitivity.
I would also not use any tarter control or whitening toothpastes as they can make the sensitivity more pronounced. ...Read more

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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?

Painless: Fortunately, with Modern Dentistry, the filling treatment procedure, regardless molar or a front tooth, small or big is painless. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why does my new filling hurt? I got a new filling last week, and starting about three days ago I noticed a constant dull ache coming from that tooth. It didn't feel like this when the cavity was there, and I've never experienced something like this with o

Sight: Sight unseen, it sounds like you filling was a little deep, or it could be that your bite is a little high. It the tooth sensitive to hot and cold, or does it hurt more when you bite down on it?

The nerve in your tooth was slightly traumatized when the decay was cleaned out. The deeper the cavity, the more the trauma.

It is not uncommon for the tooth to have been asymptomatic before you had the filling placed. Patients equate pain with a problem... Many times there are problems without pain.

A visit to your dentist to check it out is your best bet for an accurate evaluation. ...Read more

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My jaw hurts after cavity filling when I open and close my mouth it's been like 6 days since?

My jaw hurts after cavity filling when I open and close my mouth it's been like 6 days since?

TMJ disorder: Temporo-mandibular disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Proper diagnosis is the key for the successful treatment. See an orofacial pain practitioner for a consultation and management. ...Read more

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Got my wisdom tooth's cavity filled today but I can still taste the filling. I think they didn't set it right. Normal? N tongue got hurt too what to do?

It is not normal: Give your dentists office a call and let them know you'd like to have your filling adjusted a little because the edge is bothering your tongue. ...Read more

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Can cavity fillings be re-done?

Can cavity fillings be re-done?

Yes: Yes, restorative fillings can be redone. The old filling is drilled out and new one is placed. In some cases, the existing filling, specifically composite fillings, if fractured can be repaired instead of being redone. ...Read more

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Small dot next to filling cavity?

Filling: Not sure if you meant before or after you got a filling. There are grooves or pits in a tooth that can pick up stains. It may be involved with a cavity or just more apparent since you had a filling done. It is something that needs a visual examination to be certain. ...Read more

Filling (Definition)

Any of several materials used to repair a tooth that has chipped, is adversely worn, or that has had a cavity which has been drilled (cleaned ...Read more


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