Tips to Relieve Tooth Pain

In Dentistry, tooth pain may not be associated to oral diseases only but also to the dental procedures. With regard to procedures, if pain is effectively controlled by local anesthesia, the process will mildly interfere with painful sensitivity. But in most of the cases, as the time passes after the procedure the local anesthesia becomes less effective, and one might feel an unbearable pain afterwards. The dentist usually prescribes pain relievers, or pain killer medications to ease this pain.

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Some of the medicines which are good and effective in relieving oral pain are:

1. Ibuprofen or Ketoprofen

This pain medicine is considered the safest solution for tooth pain over the following two. However, do not get in the habit of using pain medicine to mask dental discomfort. Continuing to do so will make matters worse in the long run. If the pain continues for days after treatment, visit a dentist! 

2. Aspirin

It is the most frequently used drug and best known salicylate. It is also an anti-inflammatory and reduces fever. Aspirin can be considered as the best painkiller for tooth pain and aches, but if you are getting a tooth removed, it can lead to reduced clotting or blood thinning. That is why, it is not advisable to take aspirin after you have had your tooth removed or after any oral surgery.

3. Acetaminophen/Paracetamol

However they do not act on the inflammation, but acetaminophen or paracetamol will hinder transmission of pain messages to the brain and hence responsible for quick pain relief. They work well in those people who are not able to take aspirin. You can combine paracetamol with aspirin or any other non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs, i.e., NSAIDs. In this manner, it will work well for an oral pain and toothache.

4. Opioid

It is a narcotic that is extracted from opium and is very strong and is uncommon to use for tooth pain. Morphine is one of the examples of opioid. The more you use them, the more the pain disappears, but it has a lot of dangerous side effects as well. For this reason, they are used for only a short period of time and are rarely used in dentistry.

The painful dental procedures which require pain reliever medications are:

1) Dental Implants
2) Periodontal Surgical Treatment such as Grafting Techniques for a Receding Gum Line
3) Dental Fillings or Restorations
4) Dental extractions
5) Endodontic treatment (Root Canals)
6) Dental Crowns and Bridges

Here are some tips to get rid of the pain after having a dental treatment:

i) First and foremost is to follow the instructions of your dentist. Take your medications (analgesics and antibiotics) on time and in any case of emergency contact and visit your dentist.

ii) Try to stay away from hot and cold food items or drinks for the time being. Instead have foods at a mild or normal temperature to prevent triggering more tooth pain.

iii) Warm Salty Water
A mixture of warm water and half a spoon of salt will aid in relieving pain. Do warm saline mouth rinses and any inflammation or swelling will reduce. It also helps in killing of any bacteria or germs present in the mouth.

iv) Try oral anesthetic gels, pastes or liquids like Orajel, Anbesol. These can also be helpful for reliving mouth pain and toothache.

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