How effective are painkillers in reducing the discomfort caused by orthodontic treatment?

Pain is a common side effect of orthodontic treatment. The pain resulting from orthodontic treatment may differ depending on the amount of force applied and the type of braces used. It may also change over the first few days following treatment. Pain has been ranked as the worst aspect of treatment and is the most common reason for people wanting to discontinue orthodontic treatment. Painkillers, swallowed or applied directly to the sore areas of the mouth following treatment, are thought to relieve the pain, making brace treatment more comfortable and acceptable. These painkillers are often cheap, readily available, easy to use and do not cause serious side effects. Continue reading

Evidence inconclusive on giving painkillers to children before dental treatment

Child_dentist 3Dental pain is common after dental procedures and can lead to increased fear of dental treatment, avoidance of dental treatment and other associated problems. Reduction of pain is important, particularly in children and adolescents. One way of managing this might be to give painkillers before treatment so that the painkillers can start to work right away. This updated review looked at evidence for using painkillers in children, aged up to 17 years, undergoing treatment without sedation or general anaesthetic, but who may have had a local anaesthetic. The treatments included extracting teeth, restoring teeth and fitting braces. Continue reading

Should you take ibuprofen or paracetamol after having your wisdom teeth out?

wisdom teeth outSurgical operations to remove wisdom teeth are one of the most commonly performed procedures in oral health, in England alone, 63,000 wisdom teeth are extracted each year in NHS hospitals. Many patients need time off work and their quality of life can be significantly affected. Both ibuprofen and paracetamol are commonly used for the relief of pain following the removal of lower wisdom teeth. In 2010, a new painkiller (marketed as Nuromol) containing paracetamol and ibuprofen in the same tablet, was licensed for use in the UK. This review considers the effectiveness of these painkillers. Continue reading