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What can you do about tooth pain before you see the dentist?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not much

Motrin/ibuprofen/advil taken exactly as specified on package, and intermittent cold compresses, may take the edge off.
Nothing otc or diy will eliminate the infection that is the cause of the pain. Left untreated, it will only spread. So get to your dentist quickly for treatment and relief.

In brief: Not much

Motrin/ibuprofen/advil taken exactly as specified on package, and intermittent cold compresses, may take the edge off.
Nothing otc or diy will eliminate the infection that is the cause of the pain. Left untreated, it will only spread. So get to your dentist quickly for treatment and relief.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Gilberto Nunez
Dentistry - Cosmetic
2 doctors agree

In brief: Pain meds

You can take Ibuprofen or aleve(naproxen) an hour before to help alleviate any pain you may have.

In brief: Pain meds

You can take Ibuprofen or aleve(naproxen) an hour before to help alleviate any pain you may have.
Dr. Gilberto Nunez
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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Easy

Rinsing mouth with tepid salty water may be helpful.
Also, taking Ibuprofen or Naproxen may help reduce inflammation and subsequently pain. Occasionally, a gum block may temporarily reduce pain, but that will be done by either an experienced family practitioner or an er physician.

In brief: Easy

Rinsing mouth with tepid salty water may be helpful.
Also, taking Ibuprofen or Naproxen may help reduce inflammation and subsequently pain. Occasionally, a gum block may temporarily reduce pain, but that will be done by either an experienced family practitioner or an er physician.
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
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Dr. Daniel Wolter
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Common Sense Tactics

There are many causes of tooth pain: cavity, broken tooth, leaking filling, gum recession, infection, uneven bite, oral habits, and so on.
Each of these causes would require a different treatment approach. However, some common sense remedies would be to avoid hard foods, to avoid hot/cold, and to keep the area clean. The only way to help definitively, however, is to see your dentist asap.

In brief: Common Sense Tactics

There are many causes of tooth pain: cavity, broken tooth, leaking filling, gum recession, infection, uneven bite, oral habits, and so on.
Each of these causes would require a different treatment approach. However, some common sense remedies would be to avoid hard foods, to avoid hot/cold, and to keep the area clean. The only way to help definitively, however, is to see your dentist asap.
Dr. Daniel Wolter
Dr. Daniel Wolter
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Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See the dentist

Ultimately you need to see a dentist to fix the source of the problem, otherwise the pain will keep coming back.
For a bad toothache, ice packs often help, along with otc nsaids such as ibuprofen.

In brief: See the dentist

Ultimately you need to see a dentist to fix the source of the problem, otherwise the pain will keep coming back.
For a bad toothache, ice packs often help, along with otc nsaids such as ibuprofen.
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dr. Kyle Shank
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Meds. Habits

OTC pain meds.
Take any antibiotics you may have had prescribed previously. Avoid anything that causes pain: sweets, hot cold, etc.

In brief: Meds. Habits

OTC pain meds.
Take any antibiotics you may have had prescribed previously. Avoid anything that causes pain: sweets, hot cold, etc.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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