Dental Pain Management

Tips & Suggestions for Pain

Management & Recovery

In cases of acute pain, over-the-counter pain relievers can offer temporary relief, but it is essential to consult with a dentist to identify and address the underlying cause. Timely intervention and open communication with your dental care team are key components of effective pain management, ensuring that you receive personalized and comprehensive care tailored to your unique needs.

Pain Management Tips

Contact a Dentist as Soon as Possible

It’s crucial to schedule an appointment with your dentist promptly to identify and treat the root cause of the pain. Ignoring dental discomfort can lead to more significant problems, so proactive communication with your dental professional is key to finding a long-term solution for lasting relief.

Rinse with Warm Saltwater

Rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater may help reduce inflammation and promote healing.

Avoid Extreme Temperature Foods

Steer clear of extremely hot or cold foods and beverages, as they can exacerbate dental pain.

Apply a Cold Compress

Apply a cold compress to the outside of the cheek to help numb the area and reduce swelling.

Good Dental Hygiene

Addressing dental pain often begins with maintaining good oral hygiene practices, such as regular brushing, flossing, and routine dental check-ups, to prevent common issues like cavities and gum disease.

Avoid carbonated drinks

Avoid any drinks with carbonation bubbles for 48 hours. The carbonation bubbles can dislodge the blood clot needed to heal the tooth extraction site.

Medication Suggestions

Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)

400-600mg can be taken every 4-6 hours as needed. Usually comes in a 200mg tablet or capsule.

Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

1000mg can be taken every 4-6 hours as needed. Usually comes in a 500mg tablet or capsule.

Naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox)

500mg can be taken every 4-6 hours as needed. Usually comes in a 250mg tablet.

Hydrocodone (Norco, Loratab)

Comes in three different strengths. 5mg/325mg, 7.5mg/325mg, and 10mg/325mg. 1 or 2 tablets of 5mg/325mg can be taken every 4-6 hours as needed.

These are usually prescribed by the dentist for surgical or complex extractions. They are used more infrequently due to overuse and misuse resulting in addiction or overdose.

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