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What medications can help alleviate the pain of a root canal

A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Walid Osta
19 years experience Pain Management
Tooth pain: Usually a short course of a mild opioid such as tylenol (acetaminophen) with Codeine #2 or #3 for few days.
Dr. Gary Lederman
40 years experience Dentistry
NSAIDs: My first choice is high doses of drugs like ibuprofen, generally called nsaids. Narcotics can be helpful, but have some negatives. One great approac ... Read More
Dr. Gregori Kurtzman
35 years experience Dentistry
Pain following rct: Tylenol (acetaminophen) (acetominophen) and nsaids (such as advil, ibuprophen, Motrin etc) work well in calming pain following root canal as well as o ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald L. Klein
41 years experience Dentistry
Often 1 or 2 weeks: Pain to pressure on the tooth is common after root canal and can last up to two weeks. Severe pain is often caused by the tooth being in hyperocclusi ... Read More
Dr. Lynne Brock
28 years experience Endodontics
2 days: The root canal pain should be gone within the first 2 days, if not immediately. Consider consulting an endodontist for an evaluation if your root can ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
40 years experience Dentistry
Yes: But not necessary.
Dr. Allan Hawryluk
19 years experience Dentistry
Consult Dentist: Generally yes. It is best to consult with the dentist doing your root canal as to what, if any, pain medication would be best in your specific circums ... Read More
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Dr. Jonathan Richards
18 years experience Endodontics
Yes: I usually recommend that 600 mg if Ibuprofen be taken approx 2 hours prior to the root canal. Taking this has been shown to help with some of the pai ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
40 years experience Dentistry
Phone call...: The only way you are going to solve this problem is by seeing a local dentist for treatment. The longer you wait the worst the pain can become. Please ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Doyon
36 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
See your dentist: The first thing you need to do is see a dentist to get the tooth evaluated, then either have another root canal done or have the tooth extracted. The ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Schneider
38 years experience Dentistry
NSAIDS: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications work well - take 600 mg of advil every 6 hours - if the pain is more severe than that will handle - take 1 ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
54 years experience Dentistry
Pain medication: Pain medication. Get a prescription from your dentist or take otc pain medication such as advil, motrin, aleve (naproxen) or what you normally take fo ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
54 years experience Dentistry
Talk to your DDS\MD: It is best to discuss this issue with both your own dentist and your obstetrician. Take as little of anything as possible.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dominick Curalli
20 years experience Dentistry
Not always: Antibiotics are not always necessary during root canal treatment. I try to avoid them whenever possible as they pose an allergy risk to patients and ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
54 years experience Dentistry
Maybe: It can. Whether or not it does depends upon you and the degree of pain\problem with the tooth.

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