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What is dental surgery pain?

Pain after dental surgery

What post-surgery pain feels like: Pain or soreness afterward

Types of dental surgery: Root canal, tooth removal, wisdom tooth removal, or other dental procedures

Did your dentist prescribe an Rx pain medication?

After dental surgery, it is common for a dentist to give patients a prescription (Rx) for a pain medicine. Some of these medicines, such as Vicodin® or Percocet®, may contain acetaminophen. Did you know that acetaminophen is also found in many OTC pain relievers, such as Tylenol®? Taking more than one medicine with the same kind of active ingredient at a time can increase your chance of harmful side effects. To use a prescription pain medicine safely:

  • Check every Rx and OTC label, and take ONLY 1 medicine containing acetaminophen at a time

  • Read and follow the medicine’s label

  • Keep and read all paperwork that is provided with the medicine

Did your dentist recommend an OTC pain medication?

Even if you’re in pain, it’s not safe to take more medicine than the label says. To use OTC pain relievers safely and avoid taking too much:

  • Take the dose directed on the label

  • Wait the right amount of time between doses

  • Don't take more than the daily limit

  • Take ONLY 1 medicine with the same kind of active ingredient at a time

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

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