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A 38-year-old member asked:

Is there anything my dentist can give me for wisdom tooth pain before extraction?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Beck
Dentistry 12 years experience
OTC pain relievers: For dental pain, i advise my patients to alternate Ibuprofen and tylenol (acetaminophen). If that doesn't help, your dentist may prescribe something stronger such as a narcotic. I do not like to prescribe narcotics because they are highly addictive with a large abuse potential. If I do prescribe narcotics, i advise my patients to alternate it with Ibuprofen every 3 hours. But please follow your dentists direction.
Dr. Richard Ruden
Dentistry 39 years experience
Anti-inflammatory: An over the counter medication such as Ibuprofen (motrin) can help. Sometimes you may need an antibiotic if an infection develops around the tissue of an erupting third molar which is called a pericoronitis.
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 34 years experience
Yes... Options: Anti-anxiety medication. Sleep dentistry can help. Ask your dentist. Anti-inflammatory medication can help. Aleve, motrin, advil & even a holistic alternative arnica. Ice to minimize swelling can also be helpful. Loritab or something similar is usually prescribed with tooth extractions, for patients who have no allergy to codeine.Tylenol (acetaminophen) can be used to minimize the need for narcotic pain medicine.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Yes: Yes. Usually antibiotics and narcotic pain meds will settle things down nicely. For best results with wisdom teeth, make sure you are evaluated and treated by a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon.
Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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