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What Medications Can Help Alleviate The Pain Of A Root Canal
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 other dental treatment. If the pain continues for more then 2 days without improvement, contact your dentist to have him/her look at the tooth. ...Read more
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 call and feel better soon... ...Read more
You can't: This isn't a diy project, just like treating a brain abscess isn't a diy project. Please call your dentist immediately for professional care. ...Read more
No great answer: Teeth that are beginning w symptoms that are mild to moderate usually respond well to nsaid's. As the tooth problem matures/worsens, I have not found a medication for pain that works universally. Even narcotic rx is rarely effective to control all pain. Antibiotics may be helpful, depends on the type & scope of infective progress. Get root canal treatment asap! The best "medicine" is treatment. ...Read more
Is it necessary to take antibiotics during root canal treatment? If to take, what are drugs of choice?
Antibiotics are recommended durinr root canal treatment only if it is infected or got inflamed after
should the doctor decide to put you under antibiotics the drug of choice in that case would be clyndamycine or similar antibiotic that treats infections of that kind (caused by anaerobic bacteria). ...Read more
Ask OB: Your OB will tell you which medication are safe, but I have given lortab under the ok of the ob. ...Read more
It's almost 3am now. Have a root canal appt at 9am. Patient instruction said no pain medication 12 hrs prior to appt. Can't fall asleep with the pain. What should I do?
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. ...Read more
Tylenol (acetaminophen): Tylenol (acetaminophen) is all you should take. You may also ask your ob-gyn if he receommends any other meds. You should not need to take much pain meds after a root canal treatment. It should subside within a day or two. If not, then ask your dentist to refer you to an endodontist, who is a root canal specialist. ...Read more
Will a dentist always prescribe some type of antibiotic/pain medication after a root canal was performed?
Is it normal to have a minor swelling in the gum after medication put to kill molar pulp (uncompleted root canal) procedure was done today
One week has passed since my dentist put medication to kill the tooth pulpiin root canal procedure but there is still pain upon biting. Is this normal?
7-10 days: During the root canal therapy a lot of collateral tissue (gums, nerves, muscles) damage is done. The pain is a symptom of the affected tissue inflammation. Over the counter medications (Aleeve, Tylenol) for a few days will ameliorate the pain their anti-inflammatory effect. If concerned? Call your dentist for post-op exploration. ...Read more
You are taking a risk. If the tooth brakes, then you will need to get extraction. Its a risk you don't want to take.
the tooth becomes week after root canal.
You need to get an exam and x-ray to see what is the best option for you.
you can also send me your x-rays for a second opinion
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Not for long: You can probably put it off for a little bit, but beware that if it flares up, it may require emergency surgery and you will lose your tooth. Only your endodontist knows if it's advisable to put off the procedure. ...Read more
Depends: If a pulpectomy had been performed you should not wait more than 1-2 months. Even after root canal treatment is completed you still need to have the permanent restoration placed on the root-canal-treated tooth. Without a crown a tooth can fracture more easily. A catastrophic crack can render a tooth useless and needing extraction. Don't wait. ...Read more
No such animal?: There is no such thing as a "temporary root canal". There is a difference between a temporary filling and permanent filling in a tooth having had root canal therapy. Sometimes we do a "pulpotomy" or "apexification" procedure and advise a patient they will need root canal therapy at a later date. You might consider this a "temporary" sort of rct, but it really isn't. ...Read more
I am going to be getting a root canal within very soon, and I'm kinda scared. What should I expect?
Bored: It is normal to be scared of something you know nothing about and there are so many jokes about root canals. What you should expect is to be bored. You will be numb, you will feel tugging and pushing. It will take some time with your mouth open. If you feel any discomfort let the dentist know and they will take care of it. ...Read more
I'm getting a root canal and a build up, but I can't afford the crown yet. What shouldn't I eat after I get the build up? What's recovery like?
See below: See if you can pick up an additional insurance or while it is still available, the dental component of Obamacare. The tooth will fracture without the crown, it may not happen tomorrow, but it will fracture and if the tooth fractures vertically, it may be deemed an extraction. ...Read more
I'm wondering how long in time should it be from having a root canal done to having a metal post fitted and then a new crown fitted to the post?
It's a lot: Yes. In this modern age of fluoridated water, toothpaste and all the information about the importance of brushing and flossing, that is a significant number of cavities to have and also to need a root canal. It's important to get these cavities taken care of and follow the dentist's instructions on how to improve your oral home care to prevent further cavities from occurring. ...Read more
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