Toothache and gum pain can cause some of the most unbearable discomforts. Although over the counter painkillers can help with mild pains, they have very limited or no effect with moderate to severe dental pains. In these situations, the only effective form of pain relief is treating the cause of pain and having treatment done.
At Bayswater Dental Clinic, with long opening hours, we have an experienced caring team of emergency dentists that can assist you immediately to relive pain, whatever the cause of it. It might be possible to manage some dental pains with the help of painkillers until seeing an emergency dentist.
Best painkillers for toothache or gum pain that are available over the counter can be listed as:
Ibuprofen or paracetamol
Codeine based painkillers
To be able to recommend the best pain killer for a form of toothache or gum pain, first a correct diagnosis for the cause of the pain is needed. This is because:
1. In vast majority of the cases, specially with severe pains, most painkillers has a limited or no effect at all in controlling the pain.
2. Pain killers usually have very limited effect when there is build of pressure in the tissue due to inflammation (swelling) or pus collection as the result of an infection. Active treatment is needed to drain the tooth, such as pulp extirpation/root canal treatment or draining any pus formation from the tissues around the tooth.
3. soon as possible before the pain becomes too severe.
What is the best pain killer for managing a toothache?
The list of the most commonly used over- counter available medications in the U.K. can be listed as;
1. Anti inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen. The maximum daily dose is 400mg every 8 hours. They are good against pain that are caused by inflammation such as pulpitis (when feeling a throbbing pain inside a tooth)
2. Paracetamol is another easily available form of painkillers and can be effective in managing mild pain until you can see a Dental profession for treatment. Paracetamol and Ibuprofen can be taken together as they work differently.
3. Codeine based medications such as co-codamol which has both codeine and paracetamol. The dosage varies but usually is 8-500mg which is 8 mg codeine and 500 mg paracetamol. Please be aware it should not be used in combination with paracetamol as there is risk of over dosing.
PLEASE BE AWARE, BEFORE TAKING ANY FORM OF MEDICATION ONE MUST MAKE SURE YOU ARE NOT ALLERGIC TO ANY OF THEM. READ THE INSTRUCTION TO AVOID OVER DOSING OR OTHER POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS AND ALWAYS CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR OR DENTIST BEFORE TAKING ANY FORM OF MEDICATION.
Does antibiotic takes my toothache away?
Antibiotics are only recommended when there is formation / collection of pus or swelling is present. Pus collection is usually associated with swelling and enlarged lymph nodes of the jaws and the neck. “However antibiotics are not effective nor are they recommended against pains that are caused by inflammation such as pulpitis like a throbbing or severe pain with a tooth”. The best painkillers in these situation is active treatment.
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