Q: If my tooth is in pain, should I use an over-the-counter medication?
A: If a tooth that is creating pain has a missing filling or a large cavity, you should see a dentist rather than treating the problem with over-the-counter medications.
The best way to avoid pain is to see a dentist regularly. This minimizes the chances that small problems become big, painful and expensive ones. If you have avoided the dentist because you are fearful remember that you can now be safely sedated to eliminate anxiety.
Dr. Maksim has been practicing dentistry in the San Diego area for over 20 years.