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Are injections issued in the front of the mouth more painful?

Hi Jenny, I was wondering if you could give me a little advice on something? I haven’t been to the dentist in around 5 years and have finally made myself an appointment. My front tooth is displaying signs of decay which obviously needs looking in to. I am petrified about what’s going to happen. I know it’s just a check-up I am attending first but what if the tooth needs removing? I am so scared of this being the case. Also, I’ve heard that injections issued at the front of the mouth are much more painful. My practice is NHS so I feel my dentist won’t make any special efforts to make me feel at ease and will do a botch job. Please give me some advice. Thank you in advance!

Give the dentist the benefit of the doubt before you go .
Its unlikely it will need to come out .
Injections at the front do not need to be painful .
The way I do it is to put some numbing gel on a cotton roll first for a minute or so . then if the local is given slowly it should not be so uncomfortable .
Perhaps if you need a special filling you could ask about having it done privately so that they can take more time and care over the end result .
Just because its NHS it shouldn’t be painful or a botch job .
Hope this helps
Jenny

Answer provided by: Dr Jennifer Pinder Retired
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