I’m pleased to share this link for an Asbury Park Press Q&A feature story on my practice. The gentleman pictured in the photo below is my long-time friend and patient, the former mayor of Ocean Township NJ, Bill Larkin.
Our bodies are amazing things! Inside all of us, many processes take place automatically. When you injure yourself, or get injured, your body makes a hormone called prostaglandin. When tissue is injured, your body starts a process to isolate the injured area by causing the area to swell through prostaglandin production. This hormone response causes swelling, inflammation and pain.
If you take an anti-inflammatory medicine just prior to or just after an injury, the amount of pain, swelling and inflammation will be markedly less. That’s why I always suggest that my patients take an anti-inflammatory just before or after I do an involved procedure like a root canal. Good options include aspirin, Advil, Nuprin or Aleve. Taking an anti-inflammatory for a couple of days reduces any pain, swelling or inflammation, and has worked very well for my patients over many years.