General Family Practice With a Holistic Approach To Dental Care...

Blogs (3)

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 18:09

Homeopathy After Dental Extraction

A homeopathic remedy stimulates healing and one result of this healing is pain relief. Remedies after the extraction of a tooth are the perfect opportunity to capitalize on these benefits. The main remedy for trauma after a procedure is Arnica montana and the potency that is recommended is 200 but if you only have a 30, that will do fine.  You can use the “X”, “C”, “CH”, or “K” potencies interchangeably for our purposes.

            The remedy is taken as one pellet per dose (ignore the instructions on the vial/bottle).  The first dose can be taken just before the procedure (there is no need to start hours before the appointment), but if forgotten then the more important time to start taking the remedy is as close as possible to the trauma itself. As soon as the tooth comes out, a pellet can be placed under the tongue while the dentist continues the procedure cleaning out the socket. The remedy should be taken every hour until the freezing is gone (which usually can be 2-4 hours), and then evaluate how you feel.  It is normal to feel soreness in the area after the extraction. As long as the discomfort is tolerable there is no need to repeat the remedy, unless the discomfort returns indicating that the time has come for another dose of Arnica to be taken. If there is concern that the pain level is too strong then continue on the remedy every hour. If the pain level is not abating after repeating the remedy over another 3 hours, then another remedy may be indicated (what other possible remedies are indicated after extraction is beyond the scope of this article) and one should consult their local homeopath. Some individuals want to take painkillers (Advil, Motrin, Tylenol) at the same time, and this is fine. With the correct remedy, when the painkiller wears off the pain level stays low and there may not be a need to repeat the pharmaceutical. Regardless of how you feel, take a dose of the remedy before bed and on waking in order to keep the healing process moving forward. The remedy may be repeated the following day up to four times per day, if needed. Most people do not repeat the remedy the following day because they do not feel there is a need.

            Homeopathy is so simple to use and without side effects. It is time more people took advantage of its benefits during their dental treatment.

Homeopathically yours,

Gary

Monday, 08 July 2013 17:08

To Treat or Not To Treat

Most dental conditions start out as small problems that grow into larger issues that demand treatment.  At what point should treatment be initiated?  There is always the obvious cavity that requires filling or gum condition that requires attention.  But what about the mouth condition that is border line, do you treat it?

                One goal of the dental-patient interaction is education.  Any area of concern is discussed with the patient so they can come on board to aid in their own health.  This could incorporate diet advice to reduce the risk of a cavity growing, to improve or alter cleaning techniques to better access the areas of concern where a cavity is forming, or tools and products to try to protect the gums from advancing gum disease.

                There are patients who are worried about what may develop so they are open to early intervention, fill the cavity now rather than wait and watch.  This is fine, but the point to emphasize is that this is discussed between the dentist and patient and it is discussed and a mutually decided treatment is arranged.

                Gum disease is more complicated because the ability to clean under the gums varies between patients.  Most practitioners recommend more frequent cleanings but to try and control gum disease the home care/maintenance regimen is more critical.  Sometimes gum surgery is the recommend treatment by the dentist or gum specialist.  If the patient is not interested in the surgery then there could be a risk for continued deterioration of the gum health.  Some patients want to hold off on surgery and try and stabilize their gum health with the idea that if there is deterioration, they can still elect to have surgery in the future.

                The option to wait and watch is a very real alternative, but for success the patient must be part of the solution.  If success is not achieved, then a more aggressive approach may be necessary, but it will be done with the knowledge that all avenues have been addressed.

All the best,

Gary

Wednesday, 02 January 2013 21:53

Introduction

Modern day contemporary dentistry is full of controversies. Issues can always be viewed from more than one perspective. This does not refer to the diagnosis (although two dentists can differ on diagnosis); rather two dentists may have differing philosophies of practice. One’s outlook will direct treatment suggestions by the practitioner, and even how they approach the patient in general. With this is mind, I am not saying any one approach is correct and the other incorrect, but what I am saying is that there are various avenues that a patient can proceed with respect to their oral/mouth health and their general health vis a vis treatment options. You, the patient, need to be educated and versed about the issues, be they materials that can fill a cavity/tooth, root canal controversy, periodontal /gum health etc. You need to ask questions with the understanding that some questions the dentist may not know how to answer. In dentistry, it is the rare case that treatment is urgent and needs immediate attention. Often a temporary stop-gap measure can buy time so you can investigate and think through the options. From the patients’ perspective you must realize that your satisfaction with treatment options is not a criteria for following through with treatment. Sometimes teeth require fillings, root canals or extractions, in spite of what you, the patient, really want, creating a disappointment in the diagnosis. Dentistry has many tools that can offer help at various times, but there are times that the options are limited. You may always find a second opinion which may present a different treatment option but not always.

In this blog, I hope to highlight various dental issues and interesting cases that present themselves to me with a hope to open your mind to issues you, or a loved one, could face in the future. None of what I write about should be misconstrued as advice in regards to a specific dental issue because the full history, clinical exam and possible X-ray is always required to best understand any dental issues. 

Your feedback is always welcome and I will try to answer any queries as best as possible without making a diagnosis.