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Is xylocaine (lidocaine) oral solution good for a toothache?

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Boris Aronzon
Anesthesiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Temporally

Minimally effective and temporally due to wash out by saliva.
Try to see dentist for addressing underlining problem.

In brief: Temporally

Minimally effective and temporally due to wash out by saliva.
Try to see dentist for addressing underlining problem.
Dr. Boris Aronzon
Dr. Boris Aronzon
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Limited use

Topical anesthetics will only work to relieve tooth pain if exposed nerve or internal tooth structure is in contact with topical medication.
Even then it is easily washed away by saliva and therefore should only be used as a temporary and emergency method until you see a dentist.

In brief: Limited use

Topical anesthetics will only work to relieve tooth pain if exposed nerve or internal tooth structure is in contact with topical medication.
Even then it is easily washed away by saliva and therefore should only be used as a temporary and emergency method until you see a dentist.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dr. Sunia Lessing
Dentistry - Endodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Temporarily. If the problem is due to nerve involvement , xylocaine (lidocaine) is only temporarily numbing the tooth until the problem can be evaluated by a dentist.

In brief: Yes

Temporarily. If the problem is due to nerve involvement , xylocaine (lidocaine) is only temporarily numbing the tooth until the problem can be evaluated by a dentist.
Dr. Sunia Lessing
Dr. Sunia Lessing
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Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Could be

Viscous Lidocaine is used to relieve pain and discomfort from a sore throat/mouth.
It is also used to numb the lining of the mouth and throat before certain medical/dental procedures (e.g., dental impressions).

In brief: Could be

Viscous Lidocaine is used to relieve pain and discomfort from a sore throat/mouth.
It is also used to numb the lining of the mouth and throat before certain medical/dental procedures (e.g., dental impressions).
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Dr. David Rosenfeld
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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Dentistry - Endodontics

In brief: No most of the time

Most toothaches are pulpal in nature and oral xylocaine (lidocaine) can't get to the source of this problem. If the ache is an ulcer, localized gum problem, or something else superficial, then it could help a little.

In brief: No most of the time

Most toothaches are pulpal in nature and oral xylocaine (lidocaine) can't get to the source of this problem. If the ache is an ulcer, localized gum problem, or something else superficial, then it could help a little.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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