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Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Dental and Oral Health Center
I need a root canal done but until this happens what can I take that is sold over the counter for intense pain.
Over-the-counter medications are not usually sufficient to handle intense pain. Pain of dental origin is best controlled with anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen (Advil). If you have no medical contraindications, ibuprofen would be your best bet. If your pain is not manageable with over-the-counter medication, you should speak with the endodontist or dentist that is going to be treating you. They may have options for earlier treatment or other medications.
Melissa McCartney Drum, DDS, MS
Assistant Professor of Endodontics
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University