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Would orajel help with pain from a decaying tooth?

Would orajel help with pain from a decaying tooth?

Not likely: Orajel is a topical anesthetic, but many toothaches are pain originating deep inside the tooth. For this reason, orajel is ineffective in providing significant relief. If your pain is from your gums, however, it can provide short term relief. The problem is you need to be very careful that you don't swallow too much. It's very easy to get too much which can upset your stomach. See a dentist. ...Read more

Orajel (Definition)

Orajel is a trade name for a topical preparation of benzocaine...A local anesthetic. It is used topically to numb the area to which it is applied. Typically, it is applied to oral tissues to reduce pain from canker sores, sore gums or other sensitive areas of the mouth. It is ...Read more


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Orajel doesn't help with my toothaches! Pain meds don't work either! During the middle of the night or weekend, where should I go for tooth pain?

Warning: Pain is certainly unpleasant but it serves an important function: warning you of a problem. If you suppress the pain without addressing the underlying issue, it only get more complicated and potentially expensive. Get an exam! ...Read more

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What to do if I have a tooth ache & I tried adult maxium strength anbesol but it wore off, so then I tried baby orajel swabs?

What to do if I have a tooth ache & I tried adult maxium strength anbesol but it wore off, so then I tried baby orajel swabs?

Call a dentist: Orajel is great for teething babies, when the pain is from a tooth that is erupting through the gum. For adults, the treatment of choice is to be immediately seen by a dentist. Orajel prolongs the inevitable. An emergency if the tooth is not treated soon. Please make the call and feel better tomorrow, . ...Read more

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I have a toothache due to broken tooth. I can get to a dentist until payday, How can I get rid of the pain until then? Side note orajel isn't working.

Tylenol (acetaminophen) or NSAID OTC: In the mean time you can take temporary pain relievers. A good option is to combine over the counter Advil 400mg and over the counter extra strength Tylenol (acetaminophen) 500 mg. ...Read more

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I was trying to put the orajel maximum toothache liquid on a broken tooth with a dropper and I accidently swallowed some should I go to the er?

I was trying to put the orajel maximum toothache liquid on a broken tooth with a dropper and I accidently swallowed some should I go to the er?

No: Orajel is not toxic, so you don't need the ER. What you need is a Dentist. Broken teeth do not self heal. If nerve of tooth is exposed, if tooth is fractured or decayed, you are providing a path for bacteria to enter your bloodstream. Please call Dentist NOW. Orajel is a pain killer, it blocks nerve impulses for a short time, but it does not cure infection. ...Read more

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I thought I was rubbing orajel on my sore gum and tooth but it was actually campho phenique I brushed my teeth 3 times should I be concerned?

I thought I was rubbing orajel on my sore gum and tooth but it was actually campho phenique I brushed my teeth 3 times should I be concerned?

You're OK: And I say that with a caveat. The small amount of campo phenique will not harm you. The untreated sore gum/tooth may harm you as you may be dealing with a spreading infection, and if so it will not self heal. You need to be professionally examined, diagnosed, and then treated. Please call a Dentist. ...Read more

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I have a tooth ache and can not get it pulled until thursday, is it anything I can do now? I have taken aleve, (naproxen) I have used orajel, and mouth wash

I have a tooth ache and can not get it pulled until thursday, is it anything I can do now? I have taken aleve, (naproxen) I have used orajel, and mouth wash

Yes: Yes there is...You can call your dentist and say you are in horrible pain and need medication. He should have prescribed antibiotics if there was an infection. You seem to need pain medication that is stronger than over the counter meds....You can always increase Motrin to 800 miligrams which is what the dentist often prescribes. ...Read more

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Can I put baby orajel on my infected + inflamed wisdom tooth to help with pain on antibiotics and tylenol (acetaminophen) with codiene no helping gets pulled tuesday?

Can I put baby orajel on my infected + inflamed wisdom tooth to help with pain on antibiotics and tylenol (acetaminophen) with codiene no helping gets pulled tuesday?

You can try..: Orajel is quite safe, but not terribly powerful medicine to help with pain. It won't hurt to try it. You are already on antibiotic and so should be ok. You can consider adding motrin/aleve. Also, consult your doc/dentist to see if it is appropriate to increase your pain medicine i.e. Taking two tylenol/codeine at once may provide better pain control. Good luck. ...Read more

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What to do if I have 8 wisdom teeth coming in and it hurts so bad, is there anything besides orajel to help with the pain?

What to do if I have 8 wisdom teeth coming in and it hurts so bad, is there anything besides orajel to help with the pain?

Oral Surgeon: Oral Surgeons are wisdom tooth experts. Please call your Dentist for a recommendation. Note that most people have 4 wisdom teeth, not 8. Irregardless, you're teething, and that hurts. Until you get to the Oral Surgeon take Advil/Motrin/Ibuprofen exactly as directed on the package, rinse with salt water, apply Orabase-B (instead of Orajel). But first, make appointment with Oral Surgeon. ...Read more

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Wisdom teeth pulled can I put orajel on the areas the teeth were?

Wisdom teeth pulled can I put orajel on the areas the teeth were?

Yes, orajel is safe: Orajel can temporarily relieve pain, but wears off quickly. You should follow up with your dentist to get this checked. ...Read more

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Only @ night time. My back teeth, mostly bottom. Also jaw & ears hurt very bad. Can't lay down. Causes tremendous pain. Orajel causes white spots?

Cause: Before applying treatment the cause of your pain has to be determined. It may be bruxism, infection, parafunctional habits, joint dyscrasia, etc. Please see your Dentist. Referral to an Oro-facial Pain Expert may be in order. Oracle is for superficial gum lesions, so probably not the treatment of choice for your problem. ...Read more

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My tooth hurts and I can't touch the tooth, its sensitive, I took OTC pain medicine & orajei but pain comes back. I don't have insurance what do I do?

My tooth hurts and I can't touch the tooth, its sensitive, I took OTC pain medicine & orajei but pain comes back. I don't have insurance what do I do?

See a dentist: This is a tough situation. You may be getting a tooth infection. There is not much to do but to see a dentist and get treated. Maybe a local state dental clinic or a dental school may be available in your area. ...Read more

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Have severe tooth and gum pain need relief dentist app still 4 weeks away have tried hot tea bag tylenol (acetaminophen) Advil oragel products mouth wash and alchol?

Go sooner: Call your dentist and find out if there is an appointment sooner than 1 month. If you explain that you are in pain and they still don't offer anything sooner, then call another dentist. Thre are plenty of good dentists out there that are willing to work you into their schedule the same day if you are in a lot of pain. ...Read more

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Can a root canalled tooth with a crown get decayed?

Can a root canalled tooth with a crown get decayed?

Yes: You can get decay under your crown and the crown may need to be replaced. Because you have had a root canal you would not have pain or sensitivity if there is decay in the crowned tooth so make sure you have regular dental care so any problem can be detected early and be fixable so you do not loose your tooth. ...Read more

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Can you tell if you have decayed tooth by the smell?

Can you tell if you have decayed tooth by the smell?

No.: Most decayed teeth have no smell. However, if the decay is really deep infecting the nerve of the tooth, the resulting infection (abcess) can definitely have a smell. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a tooth can have decay without a cavity?

Is it possible that a tooth can have decay without a cavity?

Decay = Cavity: They are one and the same. Decay is the professional term, cavity is the layman's term. ...Read more

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What happens if a tooth decays inside the artificial crown with time?

What happens if a tooth decays inside the artificial crown with time?

Maybe tooth loss: When a crown falls off, if it is decayed under it, the decay must be removed. The crown can sometimes be put back in, other times a new one must be made. Sometimes the tooth must be removed. Replacement with an implant supported crown is recommended. This happens less often with new all ceramic crowns, since xrays pass through newer crowns. You cannot see decay under crowns with metal. ...Read more

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I was wondering is it okay to workout after getting a decayed tooth removed?

I was wondering is it okay to workout after getting a decayed tooth removed?

Follow your: Dentist's written instructions after an extraction. Avoid strenuous activity to include heavy lifting. Just plan to take it easy. Avoid activities that create suction (smoking or sucking from a straw). Don't swish vigorously. Avoid alcohol ; hot beverages. A soft or liquid diet would be good. Your dentist/ oral surgeon likely provided you w gauze to apply pressure with if you start bleed. ...Read more

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If it was toothache from a decaying tooth, surely the pain would be constant all the time right?

If it was toothache from a decaying tooth, surely the pain would be constant all the time right?

Typical Progression: Early decay progresses though the tooth. Initially there is no pain. As the decay increases in size, the tooth becomes sensitive to cold & sweets. When the decay approaches the nerve, the nerve becomes inflamed & sensitivity to heat usually indicating irreversible damage requiring RCT. However there are no rules! Some patients only experience pain late in the game, others very sensitive early on. ...Read more

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I have a decayed tooth. How much tooth structure is needed for a crown only and how much warrants a post and core?

I have a decayed tooth. How much tooth structure is needed for a crown only and how much warrants a post and core?

Broken down tooth: There are no absolute values do determine if a crown or filling is needed. If the decay is very deep, then root canal therapy is needed in order to place the post. If you are unsure of the diagnosis, get a second opinion. ...Read more

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How to avoid the tooth from decay under the crown? Is there any procedure to avoid the crowned tooth from future decay?

Careful Hygiene: A crown won't decay, but the tooth that is supporting it can decay as easily as any tooth. You still need to brush and floss the tooth as you would any tooth, and avoid high sugar food and drinks habitually. If you do drink or eat high sugary foods, make sure to rinse with water or ideally brush soon after. A prescription toothpaste with high Fluoride content can help protect the margins also. ...Read more

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If you've had pulpitis for years would the outside of the tooth be destroyed as well - would there be severe visible decay?

If you've had pulpitis for years would the outside of the tooth be destroyed as well - would there be severe visible decay?

Not necessarily..: Pulpitis is inflammation of dental pulp tissue. This can be caused by a number of factors, including a deep restoration or even parafunctional habits (bruxism). A perfectly sound tooth with no fillings or cavities that is traumatized by blunt force or extreme temperatures may have pulpitis... ...Read more

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Black at the root of a tooth? Can't tell if it's black tar plaque that can be scraped off? Or if it's decaying and possibly causing a hole?

Black at the root of a tooth? Can't tell if it's black tar plaque that can be scraped off? Or if it's decaying and possibly causing a hole?

See dentist: Neitheri can i. The only way to find out is to see a dentist and have an exam. In either case it is not a healthy condition and needs to be treated. See a dentist asap. ...Read more

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I'm 21 years old, I've smokes for 4 years. There's a white area next to a tooth that is decayed and sharp. Is the white area from the tooth?

I'm 21 years old, I've smokes for 4 years. There's a white area next to a tooth that is decayed and sharp. Is the white area from the tooth?

Could be: But since you need that broken tooth restored, why not go to the dentist to fix your tooth and have them take a look. ...Read more

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I am going to replace my crown. I want to know that my tooth structure will again be removed in replacing crown if there is no decay under the crown?

I am going to replace my crown. I want to know that my tooth structure will again be removed in replacing crown if there is no decay under the crown?

Not much: You did not say why you are replacing your crown, but any decay will be removed as well as any weakened tooth structure. If the tooth structure under your old crown was good then this will just be refined and there will not be a lot of removal of you existing tooth structure. ...Read more

Analgesia (Definition)

Analgesia is the decrease or absence of pain sensibility without a loss of consciousness. Experiencing pain relief may happen without a person ...Read more