Managing pain after your dental appointment:
Experiencing toothache and dental pain is never fun! If you’re experiencing pain after your dental appointment, here are some things you should do:
- Mild Pain: Take 400 mg of Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, etc.) or 500mg of Acetaminophen (Tylenol) every 4 to 6 hours as needed.
- Moderate Pain: For moderate pain, begin with 400 to 600 mg of Ibuprofen plus 500mg of Tylenol every 6 hours. You may discontinue the medication as your discomfort decreases.
- Severe Pain: For severe pain, begin with 600 to 800 mg of Ibuprofen plus 500mg Tylenol every 6 hours. If painkiller alone is not sufficient, you may need to use stronger medication. This includes antibiotics like Amoxicillin or controlled substances like Tylenol with Codeine. You need to come visit us since these medications can only be obtained via a prescription. As your pain decreases, you may discontinue using your medication.
What if painkillers don’t work for my pain?
Unfortunately, not all toothaches resolve with painkillers alone. It’s possible that you have to treat your tooth right away to relive the pain. Give us a call right away if your pain symptom is not contained with painkillers alone. We’re always prepared to handle dental emergencies. Plus, we offer 24/7 answering service to handle after hour emergencies.