Dr. Mark Berkowitz
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Orajel is just the brand name for benzocaine. When taking medications for any type of pain it is helpful to know what the medication is supposed to do for the pain. Benzocaine is a topical anesthetic; in fact, it is the same topical anesthetic that the dentist puts on before the local anesthesia is injected. This means that as long as the gel can reach the nerves that are causing the tooth pain there is a chance it will provide relief but only temporary relief (10 to 20 minutes on a good day). This also means that nothing is treating the pain, it is ONLY blocking the tooth pain from being recognized by the brain.
Another important question to ask is; "has any other medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen in the right dose helped"? These medications are designed to treat the cause of the pain and not block it. Ultimately it would be in ones best interest to get a free consultation from a good dentist regarding the source of the pain.
Hope this helps.
My best to you!
William F. Scott IV, DMD