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Pain Management and Post-Procedure Care: 1 Comprehensive Guide by Belterra Dental, Austin, Texas

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Are you dealing with tooth extractions or extensive dental procedures, and worried about managing post-procedure discomfort effectively? 

Managing Pain After Tooth Extractions


  1. Understanding Pain Levels: Patients typically experience slight to moderate pain after tooth extractions. To mitigate pain and control infection, prescribed medications (antibiotics) should be taken as directed. Studies suggest that a combination of Ibuprofen and Tylenol is highly effective in relieving dental discomfort compared to narcotics like Norco or Hydrocodone.’
  2. Recommended Pain Relief Method:
    1. First Day: Take two or three 200 mg Ibuprofen tablets (400 – 600 mg) alongside one 500 mg Tylenol tablet every 4 – 6 hours, as needed for discomfort.
    2. Thereafter: Take two 200 mg Ibuprofen tablets (400 mg) with one 500 mg Tylenol tablet every 4 – 6 hours for subsequent relief.
    3. Important: Do not exceed 3000 mg of Tylenol or 2400 mg of Ibuprofen per day.
  1. Seeking Assistance: If patients encounter any challenges with the prescribed medication, we encourage them to contact the experienced team at Belterra Dental for a tailored pain management protocol.

Addressing Sensitivity or Pain after Extended Procedures

  1. Post-Procedure Pain Relief: After lengthy procedures such as RCT, Crown preps, or Extractions, the doctor typically prescribes a suitable pain protocol before the patient leaves the office.
  2. Understanding Normal Sensations: It’s common for patients to experience jaw soreness or muscle aches due to prolonged mouth opening during extended procedures. Numbing medicine or local anesthetics may also cause muscle discomfort/soreness for a day or two.

Recommended Relief Method:

  1. Patients are advised to take 400-800 mg of Ibuprofen to alleviate joint pain in such cases. Symptoms usually improve within 48 hours.
  2. Continued Monitoring: If a patient experiences persistent discomfort or sensitivity, schedule a follow-up for post-op assessment on day 4 or 5 to ensure optimal recovery.

Our Commitment to Your Comfort and Recovery

  1. Comprehensive Care Philosophy: Belterra Dental operates on a philosophy of comprehensive care, focusing on the individual needs of every patient. From routine check-ups to complex procedures, we tailor our approach to provide personalized care that addresses your unique concerns and requirements.
  2. Pain Management Expertise: Managing discomfort after dental procedures is a critical component of our service. We strive to employ the latest and most effective pain management techniques to ensure you experience minimal discomfort and a smooth recovery.
  3. Post-Procedure Guidance: We understand that recovery doesn’t end after you leave our office. Our dedicated team provides detailed post-procedure guidance, empowering you with the information and support needed to heal optimally and resume your daily activities with confidence.
  4. Accessible Support and Assistance: Should you have any inquiries or require assistance regarding pain management or post-procedure care, our team is readily available. Feel free to reach out to us, and we’ll provide the guidance and reassurance you need throughout your recovery process.

Your Well-being Is Our Top Priority

At Belterra Dental, your well-being and satisfaction are at the forefront of everything we do. We believe in not only providing exceptional dental care but also creating a warm and welcoming environment where you can feel at ease. Your trust in us is invaluable, and we are dedicated to ensuring your dental experience is as comfortable, and rewarding as possible.

Experience the difference between compassionate and comprehensive dental care at Belterra Dental. We look forward to being your partner in achieving optimal oral health and a confident smile. Contact our dedicated team today, and let us embark on this journey towards a healthier and happier you. We offer same-day emergency appointments and can see either insured or uninsured patients. We are ready and willing to serve our Austin and Dripping Springs community! You can call or text us after hours at 512-646-4022, response time will vary, but we always aim to get back to you within 24 hours.


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