Wednesday, June 23, 1999

I have a terrible toothache..i cannot touch the second and the third molar on my right side (31,32)?

what should I do..?! I am in the States working for two more weeks, and then I will be back to Italy (where I should meet my dentist)..Would it be better to cure it with ibuprofene 200 twice a day plus Anbesol (local anesthetic - benzocaine 20%)..or I better go to a dentist here? Your answer will be appreciated..
ps I have a vague idea of accesibility and costs for these services here in the US: please let me know. Thanks! Ciao, Maurizio

Answer on I have a terrible toothache..i cannot touch the second and the third molar on my right side (31,32)?

I'm a dentist.

Topical anesthetics are borderline useless for toothaches. Their benefit is more of a placebo effect. Benzocaine is used exclusively as a topical, and certainly will not make it through the layers of tissue and through the bone to anesthetize those teeth.

Be aware that terrible toothaches can sometimes become life-threatening infections rapidly.

I would strongly urge you to see a doctor here who may provide some sort of temporary treatment for the tooth until you can have more definitive treatment in Italy.

By the way, 200mg Ibuprofen every 12 hours is child's play--assuming you have no liver or kidney problems. A healthy person can take a maximum of 3200mg's of it every day--generally not to exceed five days.

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