You might be a little nervous about the procedure and wonder it’s like. The idea of drills and needles might make you a little anxious, but having an idea of what to expect can help you feel a lot better.
What Will You Feel?
To start out with, your dentist will give you some local anesthetic. But first, he or she will use a little numbing jelly on your gums. That way, you won’t even feel the tiny injection
You shouldn’t feel much at all. Patients generally report that they feel a little pressure while the dentist is drilling to remove the icky decay. That should be all you feel, as well!
How Long Will It Take?
Simple dental fillings usually don’t take long. Tooth location and cavity-size both affect how long it takes. Usually, the most time is spent waiting for your anesthesia to kick in! A simple, small filling on the top of a molar might take only 15 minutes for actual working time. Your dentist will explain the entire process.
What Does a Filling Feel Like?
You may remain numb for a little while after your procedure. Everyone is different – your anesthetic could end up lasting a few hours! After that wears off, your tooth should feel just fine.
Sometimes the tooth may be more sensitive than usual for a bit. Interestingly, it reinforces itself in response to the sensitivity and will soon feel perfectly fine again. Typically, you shouldn’t be able to feel your filling if it’s done correctly.
Fortunately, you’ve made it this far without ever needing a filling. Talk with your dentist for suggestions on preventing additional tooth decay. Make your first filling your last one!
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