Today, moral oral surgeons than ever are prescribing a combination of over-the-counter medications in order to help with pain management after dental surgery. Specifically, when ibuprofen and acetaminophen are taken together, they can help to reduce pain symptoms without increasing side effects.

The combination approach to pain relief has been advocated by dental professionals in the last few years as a substitute for taking certain drugs on their own, as it is thought that these combinations can help to provide better pain relief.

Many dentists are also suggesting that ibuprofen and acetaminophen can be better options than opioid painkillers. First, you won’t have to worry about the potential adverse reactions that are associated with opioids.

These medications can cause side effects that may jeopardize both your oral and your overall health, and they can also lead to addiction if not taken properly. Over-the-counter medications are significantly less likely to lead to these problems.

In addition to over-the-counter medications, there are other things that you can do to relieve your discomfort after oral surgery:

•Apply ice packs on the side of your face in 15 minute increments. This can provide pain relief while also reducing swelling.

•Eat a soft diet, as these foods will be easier on your mouth and can also ensure that you aren’t aggravating the surgical site.

•Keep your mouth clean, as a clean mouth will heal faster. Swish a warm saltwater solution around in your mouth several times per day in order to clean out the wound and promote healing.

•Take it easy for the first day or two after your surgical procedure, as physical activity and strenuous exercise could result in disruption of the blood clot.

•Don’t smoke, as smoking can delay healing.

If you have questions about how to recover from your oral surgery and what medications will work best for you, contact our office for guidance.