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
As always the best treatment; on this occasion a visit to hygienist followed by dental check up. I have been going to Dr. Clarke since 1977 as he takes the greatest care of his dental patients. The work he has done has always been of the highest standard possible and he always offers intelligent solutions. Since moving to Wales I still return to Bayswater for my dental treatment. I did have to have emergency treatment in Wales and the dentist was highly respectful of the work done by Dr Clarke. In fact I think he was in awe!
Can't speak highly enough!
Had my wisdom tooth out, was the quickest and least painful dental procedure ever. Melanie and the dental assistant were so patient. Constantly letting me know exactly what was going on and checking that I couldn’t feel anything. Would recommend everybody to use this dentist practice!
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.
Great customer service and well-experienced dental surgeons. I was able to book a Saturday appointment after feeling a large bump on my gum on Monday. There was a longer-than usual wait time the day of the appointment and the receptionist was very accommodating and agreed to call me once the doctor was done. I live very close so went home for 15 minutes, hung my laundry, and got the call to come back.
It turned out I needed a tooth extraction as my last wisdom tooth was starting to break through. The dentist assured me he was a specialist in tooth extractions, and he is! Even the needle full of numbing agent was so fast I could barely feel it. The entire process, from me getting into the chair to them finishing the procedure (including taking x-rays) only took 45 minutes—the epitome of quick and painless at the dentist! They were also very accommodating and provided me OTC anti-inflammatory pills to save me a trip to Boots. I required no antibiotics, healed well, and my stitches fell out on schedule after 10 days. Highly recommend Bayswater Dental. :)
Owing to an upbringing in Scotland many years ago (pre Fluoride) and years of travelling as well as an injury to my jaw from a climbing accident, I have had to see well over 20 dentists in the course of my life. I have experience of dentists in several countries and work has included implants as well as other quite complex work. When I visited Dr Vahid at Bayswater, he drew up a comprehensive plan, which included some cosmetic work as I wanted to look my best for my marriage a few months ago. Not only did he explain every stage of the plan but he listened carefully to what I wanted or thought I wanted and adapted accordingly. His cosmetic work was superb and the other work that he did on dentistry that was failing was the best I have ever experienced. He has an engineering background as well as being a very experienced dentist; moreover, he explains extremely well and clearly works to the highest standard. The support staff are also very welcoming and helpful. I would recommend Dr Vahid as highly as possible.
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.