This 10-Minute EBD column explores the choice between acetaminophen and NSAIDs for managing pain during orthodontic tooth movement. The author presents a scenario involving a patient's discomfort after archwire adjustment and delves into the impact of tooth movement on the periodontium. The PICO question focuses on the effectiveness of NSAIDs and acetaminophen in controlling discomfort without impeding tooth movement. The literature search reveals varying recommendations on analgesics, with some studies favoring acetaminophen. The evidence suggests that acetaminophen and short-term celecoxib are suitable choices for orthodontic analgesia. However, caution is advised in extrapolating findings from animal studies to human conditions.
McGovern, Ryan N.
"10-Minute EBD: Preferred Analgesia for Orthodontic Tooth Movement: Acetaminophen or NSAIDs?,"
The Journal of the Michigan Dental Association: Vol. 104:
4, Article 8.
Available at: https://commons.ada.org/journalmichigandentalassociation/vol104/iss4/8
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