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Oral Health Topics

Oral Analgesics for Acute Dental Pain

Key Points

  • Acute dental pain can affect the hard and soft tissues of the mouth, and can be due to underlying conditions or dental procedures.
  • Oral analgesics are used for the management of acute dental pain, and there are various medications and medication combinations that can be used.
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have been shown to be more effective at reducing pain than opioid analgesics, and are therefore recommended as the first-line therapy for acute pain management.
  • Introduction
  • Nonopioid Analgesics
  • Opioid Analgesics
  • Selecting an Acute Pain Management Strategy
  • ADA Statement on the Use of Opioids in the Treatment of Dental Pain
  • ADA Policy on Opioid Prescribing
  • References
  • ADA Resources
  • Other Resources
Last Updated: September 15, 2020

Prepared by:

Department of Scientific Information, Evidence Synthesis & Translation Research, ADA Science & Research Institute, LLC.


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