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Old 01-15-2009, 07:08 AM   #1
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How to deal with extreme post tooth extraction pain

Is there a way that I can deal with extreme post tooth extraction pain without having to rely solely on pain killing medication? and if not what sort of medication should I be looking at using? The medicine I'm using now doesn't help at all (Paracetamol 500mg/Caffeine 65mg caplets) and I'm in complete agony, unable to sleep.

 
Old 01-15-2009, 09:10 AM   #2
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Re: How to deal with extreme post tooth extraction pain

Is it possible that you have a dry socket (blood clot fell out, exposing the bone)?

If so, see your oral surgeon or dentist about it. S/he may put a foul tasting medicated dressing on it to protect it and reduce the pain.

Even if not, "extreme" pain is likely to be the result of a complication that you really should see your oral surgeon or dentist about.

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Old 01-17-2009, 03:12 AM   #3
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Re: How to deal with extreme post tooth extraction pain

I thought paracetamol is not strong enough to deal with dental pain. From my experience it doesn't do a lot.

I'd certainly go for Ibuprofen 400mg 3x per day.

 
Old 01-17-2009, 03:26 AM   #4
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Re: How to deal with extreme post tooth extraction pain

Your dentist doesn't have you on anything that is strong enough for the type of pain you are in. Call the office and tell them you are in some serious pain and would like something stonger. What you are on is simply Tylenol in the states we can buy it over the counter so your dentist isn't giving you any big deal of a pain killer. The drug you are on isn't known for its dental pain reliever....there are better ones.

 
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Re: How to deal with extreme post tooth extraction pain

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Your dentist doesn't have you on anything that is strong enough for the type of pain you are in. Call the office and tell them you are in some serious pain and would like something stonger. What you are on is simply Tylenol in the states we can buy it over the counter so your dentist isn't giving you any big deal of a pain killer.
In the US, oral surgeons routinely prescribe narcotics like hydrocodone for pain relief after extractions, even though they are frequently not needed and have disadvantages like preventing driving a vehicle safely, being addictive, and sometimes requiring suffering withdrawl symptoms after discontinuing use. They are more effective than paracetamol / acetaminophen for "extreme" pain, although if you have "extreme" pain, there may be an underlying problem like a dry socket or infection that needs to be taken care of, rather than just masking the pain with a stronger pain reliever.

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The drug you are on isn't known for its dental pain reliever....there are better ones.
While paracetamol / acetaminophen may not be the strongest pain reliever around, why would it not be useful for moderate (as opposed to "extreme") dental pain?

 
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