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Got pain in my jaw after oral surgery for root canal. what drugs?

5 doctor answers17 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jared Plitt
Dentistry 20 years experience
NSAIDS: Nsaids like Ibuprofen and Naproxen can be very effective for dental pain.
Dr. Theodore Ritota
Dentistry 9 years experience
Antibiotics&pain med: This should be handled by the treating dr. Sounds like you should be on both an antibiotic and an analgesic (pain) medication. Sometimes the build up of pressure inside the tooth is the cause and needs to be "opened" by the treading dr again to relieve the pressure before the pain will subside regardless of the medications.
Dr. Scott Frank
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 34 years experience
Anti-inflammatory: Over the counter anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen are very effective. Be sure to check with your doctor before taking this if you are on medications or have any medical conditions.
Dr. Gabriel Malouf
Specializes in Dentistry
Prescription: If you haven't yet had the conversation, it's time to call your dentist's office. It's common to have some discomfort after a root canal. Assess whether it's getting better or worse, when it hurts (if intermittent), and whether anything you've been doing helps (or aggravates) the situation. Let your dentist (or endodontist) know, and they should have a solution for you right away. Good luck :-).
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Call: Call your oral surgeon and ask for medication recommendation. You may need pain meds and/or anti-inflammatories and/or antibiotics. Depends on what's causing the pain.

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