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Does having a cavity filled hurt?

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Dr. Kim Capehart
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Simple: Yes and No!

Once a cavity (carious lesion) is diagnosed, the decay will need to be removed and a restoration placed.
Typically most cavities are anesthetized and no sensitivity is noted by the patient, just vibration from the handpiece. Larger restorations with infection or cracks can have sensitivity but usually manageable. Be sure to tell dentist if pain so dentist and team can manage discomfort.

In brief: Simple: Yes and No!

Once a cavity (carious lesion) is diagnosed, the decay will need to be removed and a restoration placed.
Typically most cavities are anesthetized and no sensitivity is noted by the patient, just vibration from the handpiece. Larger restorations with infection or cracks can have sensitivity but usually manageable. Be sure to tell dentist if pain so dentist and team can manage discomfort.
Dr. Kim Capehart
Dr. Kim Capehart
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Dr. Jared Dastrup
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: No, unless....

Actually, most of the pain from treating cavities is from cleaning out the decay with the dental handpiece.
The drill and the cold water/air stimulate a pain response in the pulp. Thankfully, with the local anesthetic that your dentist uses, the only discomfort is from the needle while administering the anesthetic. If you choose to forego local anesthetic, plan on some pain!

In brief: No, unless....

Actually, most of the pain from treating cavities is from cleaning out the decay with the dental handpiece.
The drill and the cold water/air stimulate a pain response in the pulp. Thankfully, with the local anesthetic that your dentist uses, the only discomfort is from the needle while administering the anesthetic. If you choose to forego local anesthetic, plan on some pain!
Dr. Jared Dastrup
Dr. Jared Dastrup
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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Cavity

This really depends on how deep the drilling is going to be.
Shallow cavities usually are simple but I have yet to hear of a simple cavity. Hence in general there will be some pain while having it attended to.

In brief: Cavity

This really depends on how deep the drilling is going to be.
Shallow cavities usually are simple but I have yet to hear of a simple cavity. Hence in general there will be some pain while having it attended to.
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
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