Tooth pain prevention

Please do this!

This is just a reminder of what I want you to take for pain prevention and to either keep the nerve from dying or to calm down the tissue around the tooth.  I am recommending this to you to keep the inflammation down on a tooth that has just gone through a somewhat traumatic procedure.  That is typically either a deep filling that was close to the nerve, a tooth that received a crown that had a large crack and/or deep decay, or a tooth that just had a root canal.

Please follow my 3x3x3 RULE!!

3 ibuprofen pills   ——   3 times a day  ——-     for 3 days

That is 3 Advil (ibuprofen is generic and is fine) 200mg tablets.

That is a total of 600mg, three times a day.  That totals 1800mg ibuprofen during your waking hours.
The maximum dose for full grown adult is 3200mg ibuprofen for a 24 hour period.

Take ibuprofen with food or milk to lessen stomach upset.

If you take an anti-inflammatory for another condition you do not need to follow this rule as you are already taking all the anti-inflammatory you need.

Individuals that are pregnant, have kidney problems, have stomach/ulcer problems or intestinal bleeding issues, are at serious risk of stroke, heart attack, or CVT shouldn’t take ibuprofen.

Don’t take if you recently had or are expecting to have any heart surgeries.

Don’t take if you are allergic to ibuprofen, obviously!!!

This link has more information than you would likely ever want to know.  Here is dosing amounts for children.


Bryan Bauer DDS


What other drugs will affect ibuprofen?

Since you will only be taking ibuprofen for three days this really doesn’t make much if any difference what so ever but here is a list of medicines that will either work a little better or work a little worse when mixed with ibuprofen.

  • Antidepressants such as citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem, Symbyax), fluvoxamine (Luvox), paroxetine (Paxil), or sertraline (Zoloft). Taking
    any of these medicines with an NSAID may cause you to bruise or bleed easily.
  • aspirin or other NSAIDs such as naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn, Naprelan, Treximet), celecoxib (Celebrex), diclofenac (Arthrotec, Cambia, Cataflam, Voltaren, Flector Patch, Pennsaid, Solareze), indomethacin (Indocin), meloxicam (Mobic), and others
  • heart or blood pressure medicine such as benazepril (Lotensin), enalapril (Vasotec), lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), quinapril (Accupril), ramipril (Altace), and others
  • lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid)
  • diuretics (water pills) such as furosemide (Lasix)
  • methotrexate (Rheumatrex, Trexall)
  • steroids (prednisone and others)
  • a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin, Jantoven).

This list is not a complete list and other drugs may interact with ibuprofen.

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