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what kind of painkillers do people get after having my wisdom teeth extracted?

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Dr. TED FEDER
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 40 years experience
Everybodys Different: Some people don't require any pain meds. Others will use anti-inflammatory medicines (ibuprofen, naproxen) very successfully. Some use narcotics like vicodin, Percocet but usually not for longer than a few days.
Dr. Michael Wexler
Cosmetic Dentistry 23 years experience
NSAIDs are the best: By far, the best pain killer medication for a tooth or mouth problem is the family of drugs known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids). These drugs decrease inflammation, unlike Acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol), and have the least amount of side effects. Examples are Ibuprofen (e.g. Motrin, advil), Ketoprofen (e.g. Orudis), Naproxen (e.g. Alleve), aspirin. Narcotics are used also.
Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
Varies: The medications prescribed for postoperative pain management will vary from doctor to doctor and may be based on the complexity of the procedure, your physical status, any allergies, as well as the medications the doctor has the most experience with.
Dr. Sami Latif
Dr. Sami Latif commented
Dentistry 37 years experience
I do extract wisdom teeth , the only medications I prescribe is Motrin 800 mg ,it's given before the surgery then 3xaday it's works .
Mar 20, 2013
Dr. Daniel Quon
Dr. Daniel Quon commented
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
Provided original answer
Although Motrin can be a very effective analgesic for many patients, there are a significant number of patients who cannot or should not have it prescribed for them.
Mar 21, 2013

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