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Homeopathic remedies can be helpful in
many ways, both before and after dental work—to ease anxiety
before a visit, reduce the tendency toward bruising and tissue
damage during procedures, and to relieve discomfort afterward.
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of
this section. See also “Using Homeopathy With Professional
Guidance” in What
Arnica montana: This is a useful
first-aid remedy for any situation involving bruising and tissue
damage. Some dentists recommend that patients take it both before
and after stressful dental work, including dental surgery. Arnica
may be used as long as soreness lasts, or followed by another remedy
aimed at more specific symptoms.
Calendula: This remedy can help the
body overcome inflammation, infection, and abscess. It can be taken
internally in potentized form, or used as an herbal tincture.
Applied to injured gums and areas around the teeth, the tincture can
help reduce the chance of infection, and help the tissues heal after
being cut or bruised.
Chamomilla: This remedy is often
helpful when a person is hypersensitive to pain and the aftermath of
dental work seems intolerable. Chamomilla sometimes works
when pain medications have little or no effect, by helping the
person’s nerve response become more balanced.
Gelsemium: This remedy can help to
ease the apprehension and anxiety that often precede a visit to the
dentist. The person may tremble and feel weak from dread, develop a
headache (in the back of the head and the muscles of the neck), or
feel mentally dull and lethargic.
Hypericum: This remedy is known for
its soothing effect when nerves or nerve-filled body areas are
injured. Shooting, jabbing pains are often felt. Hypericum
is very useful after oral surgery, especially root canals.
Mercurius solubilis: A person with
a tendency toward tender, bleeding, swollen gums and teeth that
easily loosen and decay may benefit from this remedy. Offensive
breath, excessive salivation, and swollen glands are other
indications. Symptoms are worse at night, and the person is very
sensitive to temperatures, both cold and hot.
Select the remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a
physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C)
should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one
dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue
to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags
significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be
taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and
the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times
an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a
day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be
If no response is seen
within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What
is Homeopathy? and Understanding
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