I just broke a tooth. From a previous injury, I have one pill left,that is acetaminophen 325 with hydrocodone,5 mg, and I also have a single 500 mg acetaminophen. Which would be the better to take for the pain,and, if I have to, can I take one, and then the other later?
The hydrocodone is much stronger than the plain acetaminophen. You might start with that and then take the other at least 4 hours later. However, you might find more relief from ibuprofen than Tylenol. The clinical dose of ibuprofen is 800mgs taken 4 times daily. You could also use dental wax. It will be in the toothbrush/toothpaste aisle in the drugstore. Rinse your mouth, especially the broken tooth, with warm salt water. Then pinch off a piece of the wax and roll it into a ball. Gently press it into the hole and spread it out with your finger. This will help seal off the hole and keep food and drink from getting in the hole and hitting the exposed nerve. Applying something like Anbesol on the tooth and surrounding gum should help also. Hopefully these suggestions will help you until you can get to the dentist.
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