9 doctors weighed in:
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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