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Can you have a cavity filled without taking a shot?

13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Howard Schneider
Dentistry - Pediatric
5 doctors agree

In brief: That depends

That depends on the size and location of the cavity.
Small - medium sized cavities on the chewing surface can often be fixed comfortably with out needing "a shot" (local anesthesia). Getting deep cavities and/or cavities between teeth fixed will definitely feel more comfortable if you do have local anesthesia placed.

In brief: That depends

That depends on the size and location of the cavity.
Small - medium sized cavities on the chewing surface can often be fixed comfortably with out needing "a shot" (local anesthesia). Getting deep cavities and/or cavities between teeth fixed will definitely feel more comfortable if you do have local anesthesia placed.
Dr. Howard Schneider
Dr. Howard Schneider
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Dr. Thomas Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes.

Yes.

In brief: Yes.

Yes.
Dr. Thomas Namey
Dr. Thomas Namey
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Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yup

But it is going to feel very sharp and sting and hurt.
But I have had some people that want it done with out the shot...Some make it...Some don't.

In brief: Yup

But it is going to feel very sharp and sting and hurt.
But I have had some people that want it done with out the shot...Some make it...Some don't.
Dr. Jake Richards
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Varies greatly

It's amazing the difference in pain threshold among patients.
I have treated patients with giant cavities that feel nothing when I drill on the tooth, while others are so sensitive I can't properly even work on the tooth for an ordinary cleaning. Most are somewhere in the middle of that spectrum I often use nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia (laughing gas=sweet air) to avoid using injection.

In brief: Varies greatly

It's amazing the difference in pain threshold among patients.
I have treated patients with giant cavities that feel nothing when I drill on the tooth, while others are so sensitive I can't properly even work on the tooth for an ordinary cleaning. Most are somewhere in the middle of that spectrum I often use nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia (laughing gas=sweet air) to avoid using injection.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dr. Hilary Baskin
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

on size of the cavity, your threshold for pain and your concerns about being numbed up.
Talk to your dentist about your concerns.

In brief: Depends

on size of the cavity, your threshold for pain and your concerns about being numbed up.
Talk to your dentist about your concerns.
Dr. Hilary Baskin
Dr. Hilary Baskin
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