Dental Pain Management

Pain related to teeth and gums can occur for a variety of reasons.  By its nature, the pain can be short lived or continue to get worse over time.  Although we advise having any discomfort that is more than short lived looked at by a dentist, there are some standard pain regiments that are proven to be most effective.  

The best thing for pain is a combination of Ibuprofen (Advil or Cuprofen) and Acetaminophen (Tylenol or Paracetamol).  This has been proven to work better than narcotics prescribed by the hospital, dentist or physician.

Only take these medications if you are not allergic and don’t take them if you have been told not to take them or had a bad reaction in the past.

For mild to moderate pain take up to

  • 400 mg ibuprofen every 4 hours
  • 650 mg acetaminophen every 4 hr

Alternate between the two taking 1 dose every 2 hours

For moderate to severe pain take up to 

  • 800 mg ibuprofen every 8 hour not exceeding 2400 mg a day
  • 1000 mg acetaminophen every 4-8 hours not exceeding 4000 mg a day

You may substitute acetaminophen for co-codamol but be aware it has codeine and Acetaminophen.

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