Objective: Adequate pain management is an essential key to success in endodontics. The present study aimed to evaluate the postoperative pain levels and analgesic intake on preemptive versus preventive oral administration of ibuprofen in single visit root canal treatment.
Methods: A total of 100 participants presented with symptomatic irreversible pulpitis and with severe baseline pain scores were selected for the study. The participants were randomly allocated into two groups as follows: Group I: preemptive group (n=50), Group II: preventive group (n=50). Participants in group I were administered preoperatively with 600 mg of ibuprofen tablet 1 hour before the procedure, whereas in group II, participants were administered only with a placebo preoperatively. The treatment was finished in a single visit, and 200 mg ibuprofen tablet was administered every eight hours in both groups. The participants were asked to take tablets only when required and evaluated for pain scores and analgesic intake at 6, 24, 48, 72 hour intervals.
Results: There was a statistically significant decrease (P<0.05) in both the pain levels and tablet intake in the preemptive group compared to the preventive group at 6, 24, 48 and 72 hours. Preemptive group was beneficial in reducing postoperative pain scores and analgesic intake at all time intervals.
Conclusion: Preemptive analgesic administration seems beneficial in reducing postoperative pain levels and analgesic intake in single visit root canal treatment.