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When you have a throbbing toothache, the pain can be unbearable. While a pain reliever may provide temporary relief, it will not fix the cause of your toothache. This is where your dentist can help, so make an appointment as soon as possible. In the meantime, if you do use an OTC pain medication for temporary tooth pain relief, be sure to follow the label so that you take the medicine safely.

Pain management for different types of tooth pain

Toothache Relief Tips

What it feels like:

Pain that’s continuous, sharp, or throbbing

 Dental Surgery Pain Relief Tips

What it feels like: Pain or soreness after a procedure

 TMJ Pain Relief Tips

What it feels like: Teeth grinding, jaw clicking, ear pain

Cracked Tooth Pain Relief Tips

What it feels like: Pain when chewing

Get your pain reliever dose right. Why?

If you take more medicine than the label says, you may increase your chance of serious side effects. To use OTC pain relievers safely:

  • Take the dose directed on the label

  • Wait the right amount of time between doses

  • Don’t take more than the daily limit

  • If your pain lasts for more than 10 days, stop taking the medicine and see your dentist

  • Remember, it’s important to identify the cause of your tooth pain. Only a dental professional can do this.
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