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How To Relieve Wisdom Teething Pain
Get them out: You can try to hide the problem with pain meds but it will come back. Get to your dentist for consult and then treatment. You can take meds, use ice packs and i would rec you keep the areas as clean as you can with brushing and also warm salt water rinses. This may help to keep you comfortable until treatment is done. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Try an Ice Pack: Often the post-operative pain is due to swelling. The use of cold will often reduce swelling and in turn reduce the discomfort. If the teeth were not impacted (below the gumline), and were "straight-forward" and quick removals, then the use of ice packs may be sufficient. Note: do not damage your skin with a frost-bite. Place a cloth between your skin and the ice pack. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Which types of pain meds (OTC or Rx) are most commonly used after removal of wisdom teeth & for how long? What is typical dosage used for pain relief?
Depends: This surgery can be very painful or a piece of cake- there is no standard for pain control. Sometimes you can look at your face and see how painful it might have been, but in any case your surgeon will have a good idea what meds you need. Narcotics and non steroidal drugs are frequently prescribed. After a week or so you should be off meds but you won't be pain free. ...Read more
Antiinflammatory med: After tooth extraction- there is inflammation. So an anti-inflammatory medication is very important. Ibuprofen or Naproxen are both available without prescription and have prescription strengths as well. Acetaminophen is a good pain reliever but not anti-inflammatory. So taking both can help- or a prescription strenght pain reliever is often needed - usually a narcotic analgesic for a short time. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers