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My spacer for my bottom teeth hurt like crazy. Is there something i can do to stop this pain?

13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gary Brigham
Dentistry - Orthodontics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Requires attention

If the 'spacer' is a separator, it could be lodged below the gums and create significant pain.
Otc meds are a temporary measure only. Call to schedule an emergency appointment with the doctor who placed the spacer immediately.

In brief: Requires attention

If the 'spacer' is a separator, it could be lodged below the gums and create significant pain.
Otc meds are a temporary measure only. Call to schedule an emergency appointment with the doctor who placed the spacer immediately.
Dr. Gary Brigham
Dr. Gary Brigham
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
4 doctors agree

In brief: OTC pain meds

Take some otc pain medication such as advil, Motrin or aleve (naproxen) or what you would normally take for a headache.
The pain should subside shortly. If not, speak to your orthodontist.

In brief: OTC pain meds

Take some otc pain medication such as advil, Motrin or aleve (naproxen) or what you would normally take for a headache.
The pain should subside shortly. If not, speak to your orthodontist.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dr. Harry Aronowitz
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes.

See the doctor who placed it as soon as you can.
It should not hurt like crazy.

In brief: Yes.

See the doctor who placed it as soon as you can.
It should not hurt like crazy.
Dr. Harry Aronowitz
Dr. Harry Aronowitz
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Spacer?

If you mean the little plastic donuts or metal clips that go between back teeth to make room for placement of metal bands on the teeth, 1 200mg advil/ibuprofen/motrin every 4 hors with food or liquids should help.
If you mean a space maintaining appliance, it should be looked at asap by the dentist that placed it. It may be sore because it's new, it has activity, or it is displaced.

In brief: Spacer?

If you mean the little plastic donuts or metal clips that go between back teeth to make room for placement of metal bands on the teeth, 1 200mg advil/ibuprofen/motrin every 4 hors with food or liquids should help.
If you mean a space maintaining appliance, it should be looked at asap by the dentist that placed it. It may be sore because it's new, it has activity, or it is displaced.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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In brief: Needs attention

Depending on the duration of your pain, i would consider calling the dentist/orthodontist who placed the spacer.
Some pain can often occur when spacers are put in, but if the pain is unbearable or if it persists, don't hesitate to be seen.

In brief: Needs attention

Depending on the duration of your pain, i would consider calling the dentist/orthodontist who placed the spacer.
Some pain can often occur when spacers are put in, but if the pain is unbearable or if it persists, don't hesitate to be seen.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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