Homeopathic treatment for Dental problems
Homeopathy has a good track record with treating dental problems, and some dentists routinely use remedies like Arnica after extractions. Phosphorous can be used to staunch bleeding, or minimise the effects of anaesthetics on sensitive mortals. There are also remedies to help panic stricken patients cope with the ordeal of the dental chair.
Aside from the actual visit, mouthwashes (made from herbs like Hypericum and Calendula) and homeopathic remedies can help with problems of bad breath, gum diseases and toothache. Homeopathic remedies are excellent for the treatment of mouth ulcers and dental abscesses, and are easy to use at home.
Homeopathic remedies covered include Aconite, Arnica, Belladonna, Chamomilla, Ferrum Phos, Mag phos, Staphysagria, Merc sol, Phosphorous, Silica and Coffea.
Aconite Use: For dental anxiety.
Indications: State of terror and anxiety in anticipation of a dental visit. Restless and panicky. Fear of the pain.
Arnica Use: for bruised pain following dental work or surgery. After dental extractions.
Indications: The mouth is usually sore, tender and sensitive to touch.
Ruta Use: Any deep aching after dental extraction which has not cleared up with Arnica.
Indications: Deep pains in bones of jaw. “Dry socket’ where wound doesn’t bleed much – but doesn’t heal either.
Hypericum Use: for sharp pains, from nerves irritated or inflamed by dental work.
Indications: Pains seem to shoot from the affected area. Pain feels better from a hot pack.
Ledum Use: Gum feels numb and dead after an injection, or deep root canal work.
Indications: Localised swelling and redness. Pains better from ice cold drinks, or applying a cold pack.
Phosphorous Use: side effects of anaesthetics; nausea or vomiting. Also for excessive bleeding after dental work.
Indications: Anxious, but reassured by doing something about it. Wants cold drinks, or cold packs.
Nux Vomica Use: Toothache; feels oversensitive to pain.
Indications: Feels irritable and bad-tempered with the pain. Just want to be left alone.
Staphysagria Use: toothache which is worse from cold drinks. Pains are smarting or pricking.
Indications: resentful, feels dental work is an intrusion.
Plantago Use; Also for toothache in badly decayed teeth.
Indications; Nerves irritated; pain shoots across side of face.
Merc sol Use: Gum disease. Gums look swollen and spongy, retracted from teeth. Mouth tastes foul, excess salivation and often ulcers.
Silica Use: dental abscess.
Indications: sensitive to cold water.
Calc sulph Use: In cases of deep or chronic abscesses, which may form a fistula or passage into the mouth.