Is fasting invalidated if a person has his teeth filled while he is fasting?

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Is fasting invalidated if a person has his teeth filled while he is fasting?

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If any liquid like water or blood goes down to your stomach, your fasting is invalidated and it becomes necessary to perform fasting for one day to recompense it; otherwise, it is not invalidated. Fasting is not invalidated if an injection is made for anesthezia while the tooth is filled.

Whether an injection invalidates fasting or not can be evaluated based on the reason why it is used. Injections are made for various purposes like relieving pain, treating, increasing the resistance of the body, feeding the body, etc. Injections that do not give food and pleasure to the body do not mean to eat and drink; therefore, they do not invalidate fasting. However, injections that give food and/or pleasure to the body invalidate fasting. Giving serum or blood to a patient is subject to the same decree.

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