Product Type: Orajel medicinal products
Newest Review: ... the age of 12 years, On the tube is advises that you can use it up to 4 times daily and that is contains benzocaine 20% w/w. To use all yo... more
Ouch Be Gone....Well Faded Anyway
Orajel Extra Strength Dental Gel
Member Name: sandemp
Orajel Extra Strength Dental Gel
Advantages: Takes edge of pain, easy to apply
Disadvantages: Tube needs cutting before first use, not complete relief
Costing me a whopping £5.10 for 5.3g the gel is supplied in a very small tube that is housed in a box along with the clear and easy to read instruction leaflet. It is recommended to read the leaflet before first use as it contains dosage instructions along with age suitability, contraindications and an ingredient list. After a quick glance at the leaflet I was desperate to apply some to the affected tooth, only to find that after removing the screw-on lid the end of the tube needed to be cut off before the first use. I'm in two minds as to whether to remove a star for this, as although it does, admittedly ensure that the gel hasn't been tampered with, it also meant that I had to wait until I got home to apply it, meaning an extra thirty minutes of agony. Oh well, that gave me the bus journey home to fully digest the instruction leaflet.
The leaflet tells me this gel is only suitable for adults and children over the age of twelve and along with the benzocaine it also contains Polyethylene Glycol, Sodium Saccharin (E954), Sorbic Acid (E200), Clove Oil and Spearmint Flavour. I'm unsure of the exact qualities of most of these ingredients but have regularly used clove oil (and whole cloves) as an anaesthetic when suffering from a minor toothache and while it tastes disgusting, it does do quite a good job at numbing the affected tooth. The leaflet also gives a list of people who should not use this gel, along with a list of possible side effects, so read the leaflet before use.
Luckily enough I don't fall into any of the categories who cannot use this gel, so as soon as I got home I snipped the end off the tube and prepared to apply it. The instructions state that a pea sized blob of this gel should be applied to the affected tooth using a clean finger or cotton swab. Now I don't know about you but even the thought of putting cotton in my mouth makes me gag, so I apply it with my finger. It's easy to accurately dispense the gel on to a finger tip, it takes a reasonable amount of pressure to release the gel and the nozzle hole is fairly small meaning that it is very difficult to squeeze out too much.
The gel dispenses clear and at a fairly thick consistency that holds together rather than running off the finger. There's no real discernible odour to the gel, I certainly cannot pick out the spearmint flavour it's supposed to contain, if anything I would say it smells a little medicinal with a very slight undertone of clove. Likewise the taste is not quite what would be expected, it is quite a strong taste, but not particularly pleasant or unpleasant. Again the spearmint does not shine through and the best way I can think of describing the taste is that it tastes like a dentist's surgery smells. Applying the gel is simple enough, a pea sized blob is the perfect amount to spread over and around a back tooth and the gel sticks to the tooth fairly well, although a little does escape to affect the surrounding area and some even makes it's way down the back of the throat.
I've been applying this on a back tooth that has a filling in, but is also cracked, infected and was (when I first started using the gel) very painful to the touch. Because of how painful the tooth was I knew that the most I could expect from the gel was a little relief and I was prepared for it to be uncomfortable to apply it. As prepared as I was for the pain of applying this, it still brought tears to my eyes, but within seconds I could feel the gel starting to work and the outer parts of my tooth and surrounding gums began to turn numb. It's a bit of a strange sensation and one that can only be compared to the numbing injections that the dentist gives, only the numbness is not as complete or deep into the tooth. As well as numbing the tooth and surrounding gum, some of the gel found it's way onto my tongue and down my throat, numbing both those areas, which gave me that lovely, dribbly, fresh out the dentist look.
As far as how good a job the gel did at relieving pain, it has to be remembered that even the dentist had said that any injections she could have given would not have completely numbed the pain. So when I say that I was able to stop banging my head to distract from the pain for ten minutes or so while my codeine took effect then you'll realise that it did an OK job, but not fantastic. It did not completely numb the tooth, but did enough to allow me to think of something other than the pain for a few minutes, which is a heck of a lot better than the whole (yes whole) tube of baby teething gel I had used the previous night. The instructions state that the gel can be used up to four times a day, which must mean they expect the effects to last for at least four hours. Unfortunately in my case the effects only lasted between ten and twenty minutes and then the tooth was as painful as ever. This meant I was applying the gel more often than suggested, but I worked out that the best way to use it was to apply it as one set of painkillers were wearing off and the next set kicking in, to cover the parts of the day where the pain was starting to overwhelm and when used in this way I was able to just about cope with the pain and with two days use I still have about half a tube left.
Although I was initially shocked at the price of this gel, I am really glad that I bought it. While it did not give me anywhere near full relief from the pain, it did make it just about bearable while waiting for stronger painkillers to take effect. If asked if I would recommend Orajel Extra Strength, I do believe I would as if it was able to provide even a tiny amount of relief with a toothache as severe as mine was, then it should be able to provide far more relief with less severe pain. (Far better than baby teething gel, I can tell you). Of course it is not a replacement for professional dental treatment and you should still attempt to see a dentist as soon as possible to get the underlying broken tooth/infection/filling/problem dealt with. But simply because it allowed me to eat something after two days of excruciating toothache, I'm going to give Orajel Extra Strength four stars out of five (with it losing that one star because I had to get it home before I could use it).
Summary: Without this gel I'd have most likely gone crazy with toothache