Is getting a filling a difficult procedure?

Getting a filling is not difficult. It is the most common dental procedure, and dentists get a lot of practice at it, because unfortunately, cavities are still very common. Relax -- we know what we're doing...
Under most circumstances the patient is numb for the procedure which allows the treatment to be as comfortable as possible.

Depending on the complexity of the problem, a filling may take more or less time to place. Often, other than the patient keeping the mouth open, the difficulty of the procedure is for the dentist to place a fine restoration in a difficult area with limited access.
A filling is a common procedure that is done during your dental visit. You can choose whether to have anesthesia or not to numb the area to help with discomfort. For many people they resume their normal routines immediately after the dental visit.
Getting a filling is a relatively simple procedure. In fact, it usually takes a single dental visit. More than likely, your dentist will use anesthesia to numb the area around a tooth that needs a filling. Then, they will use a drill to remove any decay and prepare the surface of your tooth for the filling. Next, the filling will be set in place. This part of the procedure may vary slightly depending on the type of filling you get. Some fillings require etching the tooth with an acid gel to facilitate stronger bonding, while others need a special light to set correctly. Once your filling has been set in place and bonded, your dentist will finish the procedure by polishing the new surface of your tooth. The whole process generally takes less than an hour. Afterwards, you may experience some sensitivity, but this should go away in the first few weeks following your appointment.

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