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DENTAL PROBLEMS AND HOMEOPATHY: A GENERAL GUIDE



Here is a general guide to the use of homeopathy for self-prescribing in commonly encountered Dental conditions. Hope this will be useful for you.


DENTAL ABSCESS

  • Belladonna: Best for early dental abscess accompanied by redness and throbbing. 

  • Bryonia: Use for acute inflammation or if pricking or stitching pain is relieved by firm pressure. 

  • Hepar sulphuris: When there is an abscess accompanied by pus formation. 

  • Myristica: You can use it when swelling is accompanied by numbness of the area. 

  • Pulsatilla: When the pain is accentuated by heat and relieved by cold water. 

  • Pyrogenium: When pus is present without drainage and there is a risk of infection.

  • Silicea: Used to hasten the discharge when pus is draining, in low potencies.


FEARS/ APPREHENSION RELATED TO DENTAL PROCEDURES

  • Aconite: When there is panic, fright, and general mental and physical restlessness, or sudden violent attacks of fear.

  • Calcarea carbonica: Use for the fearful, weary, and hopeless person who worries toward evening. 

  • Coffea cruda (potentized coffee): Works well as a tranquilizer. 

  • Chamomilla: It has a tranquilizing action for restful sleep. It also raises a low pain threshold. 

  • Nux vomica: Works well in many high-strung, nervous, irritable people with stomach problems. 

  • Pulsatilla: Useful for states of anxiety in mild gentle persons.


BRUXISM: A state of grinding or clenching of teeth, in children or stressed adults.

  • Belladonna: When the grinding problem causes painful teeth. 

  • Podophyllum: Use for night or sleep grinding with a burning sensation of the tongue.


DENTAL CARIES/ NECROSIS: Theridion



GINGIVITIS, PERIODONTITIS AND ALVEOLITIS

  • Arsenicum album: Unhealthy, bleeding gums. 

  • China: Also used for gum tissue that is bleeding. 

  • Ferrum phosphoricum: Used for poor gum tone or gums that bleed after brushing. 

  • Hypericum: For tender gum tissue and to promote healing. 

  • Kali chloricum: When you have acute ulcerative tissue or decay in the teeth.  

  • Natrium muriaticum: Tissue integrity or health.

  • Hepar sulphuris: Tissues with suppuration, the tendency for chronic abscesses.

  • Silicea: Periodontal abscess with swollen glands.

  • Staphysagria: Loose teeth, the pain increased by pressure. 

  • Symphytum: when there are injuries to the periosteum or the bone. Stimulates growth of normal skin on ulcerated or decayed surfaces. 

  • Mercurius solubilis: A state of acute ulcerative tissue/ tooth decay with a coated tongue and metallic taste in the mouth. 

  • Nux vomica: If you have swollen painful gums when the back of the tongue has a whitish coating in a person who consumes a lot of stimulants such as coffee and tea. 

  • Phosphorus: Used for swollen gums that bleed easily, and when there’s an overproduction of saliva. 

  • Ruta graveolens: Injured bone and alveolitis (“dry socket”).

  • Merc viv: When there is tenderness and swelling of the bone in a condition like dental periostitis.


BLEEDING/ HEMORRHAGE

  • Arnica: Bleeding accompanied by bruised soreness of the teeth. 

  • Ferrum phosphoricum: When there is bright red bleeding of the teeth. 

  • Phosphorus: Use for persistent or chronic bleeding.


POST-OPERATIVE DISCOMFORT

  • Apis mellifica: Post-injection soreness after dental work. 

  • Chamomilla: This can be used an hour prior to a dental appointment for patients with a low pain threshold. It also expedites the wearing off of the numbness following the dental appointment. 

  • Gelsemium: Eliminate the nervous reactions to local anesthetics; calming the child/ adult before the procedure.

  • Hypericum: Where there is an injured nerve.

  • Ledum: For puncture wounds and soreness resulting from a dental injection. 

  • Magnesia phosphoricum: Stiffness and soreness of the jaws following prolonged dental work when the muscles are cramped and feel better with warmth. 

  • Staphysagria: Used for incision-type wounds after soft tissue surgery. 

  • Symphytum: Used for trauma of bone and periosteum, after dental operations.


SALIVATION (Abnormal)

  • Baryta carbonica: When there is excessive salivation during sleep, this remedy can be used. 

  • Bryonia alba: Use for an extremely dry mouth, with dryness of mucous membranes and great thirst. 

  • Phosphorus: Hyper-salivation, when the gums are swollen and bleed easily. 

  • Pulsatilla: Diminished or scanty saliva with no thirst at all.


TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT (TMJ)

  • Arum triphyllum: Pain in the joint on swallowing. 

  • Calcarea flourica: When there are hypermobile joints in a person.  

  • Calcarea phosphoricum: When the mouth cannot be opened without pain. 

  • Carbo vegetabilis: Vertigo with nausea and tinnitus or ringing in the ears. 

  • Chamomilla: When the pain threshold is low in a person. Unbearable spasms of pain radiating into the ear. 

  • Cuprum metallicum: When the mouth or jaws cannot be opened fully, with difficulty with eating, drinking, and oral hygiene.

  • Granatum: When there is painful cracking of the joint. 

  • Magnesium phosphoricum: When there are muscle spasms around the joint. 

  • Phytolacca decandra: Earaches with pain extending into teeth, jaw, and throat. 

  • Rhus Toxicodendron: Joint stiffness that improves with movement and for popping of the TMJ.


TOOTHACHE

  • Antimonium crudum: Toothache that is worse at night and is aggravated by heat. 

  • Aranea diadema: Sudden, severe pain in the teeth after lying down. 

  • Belladonna: Throbbing tooth which gets worse when pressure is applied. 

  • Calcarea carbonicum: Toothache that worsens when exposed to hot or cold air. 

  • Chamomilla: A toothache with intolerable pain that gets worse from warmth and not better with cold. 

  • Coffea cruda: Toothache that worsens with heat and is relieved by ice. 

  • Ferrum metallicum: Toothache, relieved by ice water. 

  • Magnesia carbonicum: Toothache, worse at night, person must get up and walk about for relief.

  • Magnesia phosphoricum: A toothache, worse from cold and better from warmth. 

  • Plantago major: Toothache, better with pressure and worse without cold air. 

  • Pulsatilla: Toothache, relieved by holding cold water in the mouth. 

  • Staphysagria: When the pain is from major decay of a number of teeth.


TOOTH ERUPTION

  • Calcarea carbonica: Used for the delayed eruption of teeth. 

  • Chamomilla: Used for difficult teething. 

  • Zlncum metallicum: Used for teeth gritting during difficult eruption and associated with loose teeth and bleeding gums.


DENTAL ULCERATIONS

  • Natrum muriaticum: Cold sores and fever blisters are addressed by this remedy. Lips and corners of mouth dry and cracked lips. 

  • Nitric acid: Ulcers with irregular edges and a raw appearance with a tendency to bleed easily.


WISDOM TOOTH TROUBLES


When this leads to ear pain: Calc flour



You can refer to this when you encounter an acute condition of the teeth for yourself or your family.

For any long-lasting or recurrent issues, a deeper understanding of the predispositions of an individual along with the other accompanying symptoms of the case is needed for proper treatment. This can be achieved by working with a professional homeopath.

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