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Does Suboxone help with tooth pain?

Yes, Suboxone can potentially help with tooth pain. 

Suboxone is a medication that is FDA-approved for opioid use disorder, but it is also used off-label as a pain medication. It has analgesic or pain-relieving properties. Therefore, it can be helpful with tooth pain. 

It may also be a good option short-term for someone that has a history of opioid use disorder and is weary of using opioids after a dental procedure. In addition, anti-inflammatory medications have been shown to be equally effective to opioids for tooth pain and are considered much safer. 

If you are having tooth pain, anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or naproxen might provide adequate pain relief. If you have tooth pain or are anticipating a dental procedure that is not responsive to anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medications, Suboxone might be a good option.

Suboxone patients can certainly continue the medication during and after a dental procedure, and may even find that it provides additional pain relief. 

Talk to your doctor before any planned dental procedure. 

Elena Hill, MD, MPH

Elena Hill, MD; MPH received her MD and Masters of Public Health degrees at Tufts Medical School and completed her family medicine residency at Boston Medical Center. She is currently an attending physician at Bronxcare Health Systems in the Bronx, NY where she works as a primary care physician as well as part time in pain management and integrated health. Her clinical interests include underserved health care, chronic pain and integrated/alternative health.

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