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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 pain. This is where your dentist can help, so make an appointment as soon as possible (find a dentist). In the meantime, see below for information on different types of tooth pain–toothache, cracked or broken teeth, jaw popping or TMJ pain, pain after dental surgery–and tips for getting tooth pain relief safely.

Pain management for different types of tooth pain

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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