Will getting a silver dental filling hurt?

Placement of a silver filling or restoration is usually performed when the patient has been anesthetized with local anesthesia. The procedure is usually done without discomfort, although even with local anesthesia you may be aware of some steps in the process. If necessary, additional anesthesia can be provided for improved comfort.

Just as with any dental procedure, your dentist should explain what to expect and why in order to eliminate any concerns regarding the restoration placement.

Placement of silver restoration may involve several steps to insure excellent results. Even with the utmost care it is possible for the patient to have some sensitive for a period of time after the filling is done. If there is on-going post-op discomfort or if you have questions, it is important to contact your dentist.
A dentist generally uses a local anesthesia when placing a silver dental filling to prevent you from feeling any pain or discomfort during the procedure. The anesthesia is injected into your gum or cheek, but the dentist will first put some numbing gel on the area to be injected so you won’t feel the needle stick. You may feel a little stinging from the anesthetic moving into the mouth tissues.

It’s also possible to get a silver filling without anesthetic, especially if the cavity is not very deep.

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