Why Aspirin is Off Limits When You Have a Toothache
Posted on 9/25/2018 by Dr. Todd Rogers
Toothache pain ranges from mild to severe. The pain can be constant or intermittent. It can include throbbing pain or swelling in and around your tooth and gums.
Sometimes you may even have a fever. All of this will leave you reaching for something, anything, to make the pain go away, but whatever you do, don't reach for aspirin.
Why you Shouldn't use Aspirin for a Toothache
You may have heard that you should place an aspirin on your tooth to cure toothache pain, but this is something you should never do. This is very dangerous because it will leave behind a white, chemical burn. Now you won't only be dealing with the pain of a toothache, but you'll also have to deal with a painful burn on your soft tissue that can last for several days.
Many people don't realize that this can happen. It does though because aspirin's full name is Acetylsalicylic Acid. This in and of itself should tell you something important about this medication. The fact that aspirin is an acid means that it will burn your tissue – especially when you place it directly on your tissue like you are here with your mouth. The short end of this story is never use aspirin for a toothache.
What to do for Severe Tooth Pain
Reach for ibuprofen (e.g. Advil, Motrin) or acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol) then pick up your phone and give us a call. We'll do our best to get you into our office right away. We'll look to see what's causing your toothache.
If it's a cavity, we may need to extract your tooth. If it's an infected nerve in your tooth, you may need a root canal. Either way, you'll want to call us right away, so you'll get the pain relief you need as soon as possible.