Controlling postoperative pain after third molar extraction with a dexamethasone and articaine injection: a double-blind randomized controlled trial

Murad Abdelraziq, Michael V. Joachim*, Cory M. Resnick, Ephraim Winocur, Amir Laviv, Imad Abu El-Naaj

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Abstract

Objectives: To evaluate the benefits of submucosal administration of a dexamethasone and articaine mixture on postoperative pain after mandibular third molar extraction. Method and materials: This was a double-blind randomized controlled pilot trial of consecutive patients requiring surgical removal of mandibular third molars. Immediately post extraction, the surgeon administered a submucosal injection. The surgeon was masked to the content of the injection, which contained either a mixture of 10 mg dexamethasone and 68 mg articaine (“study group”) or the same volume of saline only (“control group”). Pain severity was assessed by questionnaire (postoperative symptom severity [PoSSe] scale) 7 days after the procedure. Results: Sixty subjects were enrolled. Patients in the study group had significantly lower PoSSe pain intensity scores than subjects in the control group (P = .004). The combined postoperative PoSSe pain score was significantly lower in the study group than in the control group (P = .016). There was no significant difference in pain duration between the two groups (P = .237). Conclusion: Submucosal injection of dexamethasone/articaine solution after surgical extraction of mandibular third molars is effective in reducing pain intensity. (Quintessence Int 2023;54:24–32; doi: 10.3290/j.qi.b3479957)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-32
Number of pages9
JournalQuintessence International
Volume54
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023

Funding

FundersFunder number
Galilee Medical Leadership Program, Ministry for Development
Galilee, State of Israel

    Keywords

    • articaine
    • dexamethasone
    • pain
    • third molar surgery

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