The medical term for tooth pain is odontalgia. There can be numerous reasons for your dental pain such as a cracked tooth, cavity or abscess. Dental pain can be nerve wracking and lead to loss of sleep, as well as difficulty eating. Dealing with the pain can be especially difficult if you have to wait to get an appointment with your dentist.
There are many natural options that can be quite effective in relieving pain while you are waiting to get an appointment, as well as after your dental treatment.
What to Look For in a Dentist
It’s always my preference to see a biological dentist. A biological dentist recognizes the link between oral health and general health. A biological dentist recognizes that the diseases and dental materials in your mouth can have long lasting and sometimes negative effects on other body systems.
Biological dentists usually work with other like-minded professionals to provide nutritional support and detoxification protocols. A biological dentists keeps in mind the health of the entire body, not just the condition of the teeth, gums and mouth.
How do you find a biological dentist in your area? Check out the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology.
Talk With Your Dentist
It’s important to have a good relationship with your dentist. Your dentist should understand and be compassionate and knowledgeable about your health concerns. Be sure you understand any procedure and that all of your questions have been answered to your satisfaction.
Going to the dentist can be a traumatic experience for many people. Being prepared for any procedure can help curtail any potential problems. As always discuss any concerns with your dentist before and after your procedure.
Natural Relief for Pain
While you are waiting for your appointment, you may find that you need some help managing your symptoms. Here are three of my favorite options:
Inositol– Nourishes the nerves and helps them to settle down. It was originally considered part of the B complex family and was sometimes referred to as B8. In reality it isn’t a vitamin, it’s actually a water soluble carbohydrate. Inositol is recognized as a natural antioxidant, it has also been receiving a lot of attention for its role in cancer prevention as well as control of tumor growth and metastasis.
Calcium Lactate– Helps muscle relaxation and provides immune support. While just about 99 percent of the body’s calcium is stored in the bones and teeth, the remainder can be found in blood, muscle and intracellular fluids. In addition to the formation of bones and teeth, this mineral allows blood vessels and muscles to contract and expand and helps promote optimal nervous system operations
Medizyme-This is a systemic enzyme. Medizym’s drug free formula of bromelain, papain, pancreatin, trypsin, chymotrypsin and the bioflavonaid rutin, are used for pain, immune and inflammation support.
Homeopathics for Toothaches
Homeopathy is a safe, effective and natural system of healing that works with your body to relieve symptoms, assist with restoration and improve your overall health. Homeopathy uses highly diluted herbs, minerals, or animal products (such as bee venom) in minimal doses to trigger the body’s natural ability to heal. Remedies are available in numerous forms such as pellets, tablets, and liquids with either an alcohol or glycerin base.
It’s always best to consult with your N.D., Homeopath or health care practitioner to discern the best remedy for you. These are some common remedies and their indications for use.
Arnica-This remedy is frequently used before and after dental procedures due to its ability to reduce bruising, swelling and pain.
Chamomilla-This option is chosen for intense tooth pain, additional indication for this remedy include worsening of pain with warm drinks.
Hekla lava– For a toothache that is accompanied by swelling around the jaw, this option can relieve pain and swelling.
Hypericum-This remedy is a wonderful option for nerve pain preceding and following any dental procedure.
Plantago– This is a great option if your teeth are aching and sensitive. This is also beneficial if the cheek is swollen along with the toothache.
Silicea-For an abcess of dental roots, silicea is an excellent choice. Additional symptoms that indicate the need for silicea include swollen gums and tooth pain that is worsened with cold water.
Staphysagria-When consuming any foods or liquids hurts the teeth, Staphysagria is a great option.in most instances cold drinks worsen the pain.
Supporting Your Teeth after a Dental Procedure
Talk with your dentist about support after your procedure. A holistic or biological dentist should offer some common suggestions and nutritional support such as:
Eat room temperature foods, rather than hot or cold foods
Eat soft or pureed foods
Enjoy smoothies and protein drinks
Bio-Dent– Aids in the maintenance of healthy muscle, bone, and skin. Supports the body’s natural processes of growth, development, and repair of teeth.
Cataplex AC-Maintains healthy cells and tissues.
Calcium Lactate – Helps muscle relaxation and immune support
Magnesium Citrate-Helps muscle relaxation
Inositol– Nourishes the nerves and helps them to settle down
Finding the right dentist can be difficult. It’s always best to find a dentist before an emergency occurs.
Rely on both personal references and professional designations and experience for your decision..
Contact the IAOMT for a biological dentist in your area.
Dental pain can be a serious challenge, thankfully there are many natural options for pain relief and pain management.
Consult your dentist or practitioner should any problems arise before and after your procedure.
Boericke, W., M.D. (n.d.). Materia Medica with Repertory (9th ed.). Boericke & Tafel.