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Managing oral/dental pain:

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If you’re experiencing dental or oral pain, you should contact your dentist right away before the pain gets worse.

Dental or oral pain can be a very uncomfortable and painful experience. If you’re experiencing dental or oral pain, you should contact your dentist right away before the pain gets worse. Remember, most toothaches never resolve on their own and the pain will only get worse in time! So go in to see your dentist to see how they can help you manage your pain. In the meantime, here are some things you can do to help reduce the pain:

Mild oral/dental pain

Mild dental or oral pain is typically due to conditions such as:

  • early stage cavities
  • early stage gum disease
  • local trauma from biting or burning accidents
  • canker sores
  • defective dental restorations

To manage mild pain, take 400 mg of Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, etc.) or 500mg of Acetaminophen (Tylenol) every 4 to 6 hours as needed. Contact your dentist to have your condition evaluated immediately before the pain worsens.

Moderate oral/dental pain

Moderate oral or dental pain can be due to the following reasons:

  • dental infection
  • moderate gum disease
  • wisdom teeth eruption
  • broken teeth
  • defective dental restorations

In order to manage moderate pain, take 400 to 600 mg of Ibuprofen plus 500mg of Tylenol every 4 to 6 hours as needed. Contact your dentist right away to have your condition evaluated before it gets worse.

Severe oral/dental pain

Severe oral or dental pain can be intolerable and constitutes a true emergency. Typically, severe oral pain is a result of the following:

  • root canal infection
  • advanced gum disease
  • broken and infected teeth
  • wisdom teeth eruption

If you are experiencing severe pain, it’s best to contact your dentist right away to have the condition evaluated. In the meantime, take 600 to 800 mg of Ibuprofen plus 500mg Tylenol every 4 to 6 hours as needed. There is a good chance that you will require stronger medication if these painkillers don’t get the job done. Most likely, you will require antibiotics and/or controlled substances to manage your pain. You must see your dentist to have your condition evaluated in order to obtain antibiotics and stronger medication.

What if painkillers don’t work for my pain?

Unfortunately, not all toothaches resolve with painkillers alone. In fact, painkillers typically only mask dental pain until it returns at a later time. You may require stronger medication or antibiotics to control your dental pain. It’s also possible that you have to treat your tooth right away to eliminate the pain. Give us a call right away if your experiencing a toothache. We offer 24/7 answering service to handle after hour emergencies. To learn more about different causes of dental emergency click here.

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