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Your Guide To Dental Specialties

Posted on August 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

Shakespeare once said that a rose by any other name would still smell as sweet. But that’s hardly the case in dentistry that has a lot of specialties.

The long list of oral health care providers can be confusing to consumers who may not know whether to consult an orthodontist, periodontist or endodontist for their particular problem.

As a public service to my faithful readers, here are the different dental specialties. Knowing this will help you consult the right dentist to get the proper dental care and treatment you need.

First of all, don’t be bothered whether your dentist is a DDS (doctor of dental surgery) or DMD (doctor of dental medicine). The two degrees are one and the same. Some schools award one degree while others give the other.

General dentists normally earn a DDS or DMD degree after years of study. To become a specialist, they must undergo additional post-graduate training.

One such specialist is the endodontist who is concerned with the causes, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries of the dental pulp – the soft area within the center of the tooth. This specialist performs root canal treatments or other surgical root procedures. This treatment is done to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected.

An oral or maxillofacial radiologist is one who produces and interprets all kinds of X-ray images that are used to identify and manage different diseases in the mouth and face.

An oral pathologist, on the other hand, is one who studies diseases that alter or affect the oral structures (teeth, lips, cheeks or jaws) as well as parts of the face and neck. This is accomplished by studying the biopsy, tissue, or lesion that comes from other dental specialists.

If you need surgery of the face, mouth or jaw, you should consult an oral surgeon. This person performs many types of surgical procedures to treat accident victims with facial injuries, remove tumors and cysts of the jaws, and other reconstructive surgery including the placement of dental implants (artificial teeth that are attached to the jawbone).

“The types of surgeries an oral surgeon may perform include: simple tooth extractions, complex extractions involving removal of soft tissue or overlying bone or remaining roots, impacted teeth (especially wisdom teeth) removal, soft tissue biopsies, removal of tumors in the oral cavity, implant positioning, complex jaw realignment surgeries involving facial or bite discrepancies, fractured cheek or jaw bone repair and soft tissue (cleft palate or lip) repair,” according to WebMD.Com.

If you have crooked teeth or a bad bite (malocclusion), see an orthodontist. This specialist straightens teeth by means of bands, wires, braces, and other fixed or removable corrective appliances or retainers.

A pedodontist or pediatric dentist is one who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of dental problems that affect children from age one to early adulthood. He or she looks after the child’s developing teeth and is trained in child behavior and the special needs of children.

For dental problems that involve the gums and bones of the teeth, visit a periodontist. This person treats gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and periodontitis (gum and bone disease).

“A periodontist may perform the following procedures: simple and deep pocket cleanings, root planing, crown lengthening procedures, soft tissue and/or bone grafting, gingival or flap procedures, soft tissue recontouring or removal (gingivoplasty or gingivectomy), hard tissue recontouring (osteoplasty) and implant placement,” said experts at WebMD.Com.

Finally, if you have missing teeth and need dentures, consult a prosthodontist. This specialist repairs natural teeth or will give you a new set of artificial teeth. Another dental practitioner who does this is the implantologist who specializes in dental implants.

“The prosthodontist uses artificial teeth (dentures), gold crowns (caps), or ceramic crowns to replace the missing or extracted teeth. The prosthodontist is also very involved in the replacement of teeth using dental implants. In addition, specially trained prosthodontists work with patients with head and neck deformities, replacing missing parts of the face and jaws with artificial substitutes,” said WebMD.Com.

So there you have it – the different dental specialties and what they can do for you. See the right dentist for expert help and treatment. That way, you get the smile you deserve.

Toothache And Homeopathy – Homeopathic Medicines You Can Use Yourself

Posted on August 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

Your smile says a lot about you, but it’s hard to smile when you have toothache.

My friend Craig Wilson from the Sydney Holistic Dental Center has been working in holistic dentistry for years and knows how important it is to have healthy teeth and gums. As a leading holistic dentist, Craig says

“Your oral health relates directly to your general health. Many of the conditions we treat involve inflammation, both chronic and acute, and these have significant impacts on such general disease states such as heart disease, strokes and diabetes.” Just like in Homeopathy, parts of you always relate to the health of the whole!

“Long term inflammatory conditions predispose someone to a range of negative health issues” says Craig.

So what can you do when you have toothache and are in need of a dental procedure? This is where homeopathy can help out. It is a highly effective treatment for inflammation and pain so it is often used post operatively. When we have dental procedures such as a tooth extraction or a root canal treatment, Homeopathy really comes into its own. Read on to find out what my recommendations are for homeopathic relief from dental problems and procedures.

Toothache : Spasmodic pain associated with toothache:Take Mag Phos 6X tissue salts one tablet 4 times a day or Mag Phos 30 5 drops 3 times a day. You can place 10 drops of mag Phos 30 in water and sip as required.

Severe neuralgic or shooting pain : Take Hypericum 30 3 x day to reduce pain.

Dental abscess or infection: As an alternative to antibiotics, homeopathic Hepar Sulph 30 or 200 can be taken 3 times a day. If there is no improvement in 24 hours please call your dentist. If there is steady improvement in pain and discomfort keep taking the medicine and go back after 3-5 days so your dentist can check on progress. It is important in these cases that the tooth nerve is saved so stay close to your dentist to determine the diagnosis and then you will be able to self-prescribe the correct homeopathic medicine.

Tooth extraction :

Any serious dental procedure has the potential to cause some pain or discomfort. Often this is due to inflammation which is the body’s natural response to procedures that involve cutting or traumatizing the delicate tissues of the mouth such as the gums.

There are several effective homeopathic medicines that reduce this inflammation and therefore the pain it causes.

Use Arnica 200 after any tooth extraction twice a day for 3-4 days and Staphisagria 200 in addition once a day for 3 days only, where the procedure proved to be or feel invasive. Staphisagria is especially appropriate if it involved stitches or you were upset about having to have the procedure in the first place!

Nervousness: A trip to the dentist is sometimes an opportunity for anxiety or nervousness. We have all been in this position… ‘What will be wrong?’ ‘Will I need to have a tooth extraction/filling?’ This anxiety can put a real downer on what could be a routine check-up. When anxiety before a check up is high there are some great homeopathic medicines that can completely alleviate your symptoms so a dental check can be stress-free visit! For anticipatory anxiety before the check up (especially if it gives you diarrhea) take Argentum Nitricum 30 twice the day before and once on the day of your visit. For mild nervousness take some Bach rescue Remedy which will be available from your local health store. Take two drops directly in your mouth or put 4-5 drops in a glass of water and sip in the waiting room.

Root Canal Treatment :

This can be a two stage procedure and there are several homeopathic medicines that will help. On the day of the procedure take Arnica 30 or 200 and then repeat twice a day after the procedure until the pain subsides. In addition, take Hypericum 30 or 200 twice a day to help with any nerve pain. Take this regime for 2-3 days after each procedure until the root canal is completed.

For increased healing of mouth wounds/incisions:

and after a periodontal clean Calendula Mouth rinse. Place 10 drops of Calendula tincture in a glass of water and swill round your mouth for 30-60 seconds. Do this first thing on waking and last thing at night. Do not use this rinse if infection is still present.

So to recap as there has been a lot of information! You can use the following homeopathic medicines for dental issues:

Arnica, Calendula, Hypericum, Staphisagria as a Dental First Aid kit with Argentum Nitricum and/or Back Rescue Remedy if you get anxious before a treatment.

As Craig Wilson says: “When my patients use Homeopathic medicines before and after procedures they experience a general reduction in the need to use pharmaceuticals. We’ve found homeopathy simple to use, easily tolerated and without side effects”. So what are you waiting for? Get ordering your homeopathic medicines today! 🙂

© Sam Adkins – The Homeopathic Coach 2008

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The Dental Connection: A New Paradigm for Dental Medicine

Posted on August 11, 2018 in Uncategorized

A new paradigm has been emerging in health care that focuses on the process of health and wellness instead of the treatment of disease. This new model is called by many names, such as; alternative medicine, complimentary medicine, holistic medicine, and functional or biological medicine. This new medicine embraces both modern science and knowledge drawn from the world’s great traditions of natural healing; many of them thousands of years old. Study of these traditions reveals certain truths that can be applied to promote health and well being. These basic principles form the foundation for all holistic health practices. Amongst these is the need for healthful nourishment, the elimination of toxins, and the maintenance of physical, mental and energetic balance.

When dis-ease is present it may be viewed as evidence of a disruption in the life force. Rather than just treating the consequences of dis-ease, the health centered practitioner is focused on finding the cause, and where possible assists the individual in reversing the disease process. Often the cause is traced to an individuals lifestyle, diet, environment, attitudes and beliefs, etc. Once the causative factors are known and eliminated the patients natural healing forces will resolve the illness. Healing occurs from within the individual, it can not be imposed upon them.

The science of biophysics has established that our bodies are quantum fields existing within the quantum field of the universe. In many cultures this has been known, and is expressed in ancient healing philosophies such as Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine. In these traditions of natural healing the intent is to balance the flow of energy in the body and to develop higher levels of energetic integration throughout the system to create harmony between the individual and the world around them.

A holistically trained dentist views the mouth as a micro- environment of the body with the profound potential to reflect and influence the health of the whole person. Disruptions to the flow of energy through the mouth may affect remote regions of the body, and conversely, disruptions elsewhere may manifest in the mouth. This occurs because the energy of our life force flows through all regions of the body permitting each to function as a hologram of the body as a whole. This forms the scientific basis for many healing disciplines such as Acupuncture, Kinesiology, Auricular Therapy, Iridology, Reflexology, etc.

In Chinese medicine analysis of changes within the tongue permit diagnosis of one’s systemic condition. In the same way regions of the mouth and individual teeth are found to correspond to particular meridians and organ systems. As we evolve in our thinking and appreciation of the wholeness of our being, we begin to understand that what we view as the “mouth” is not limited to the teeth, gums, jaw, and associated Temporomandibular joints and jaw muscles.

Structural imbalance or disharmony within the jaw and bite an have profound influences through the body as a whole. These imbalances can have profound influences within the musculo-skeletal system, the central nervous system, as well as through the body’s electromagnetic energy circuits. As a consequence proper treatment of TMJ and bite problems often requires a holistic team to support balancing the body as whole as the dentist works with the bite either through orthodontics (braces) or with crown and bridgework.

In the past few years there has been a growing concern for the potential health hazards imposed by use of dental materials that include toxic compounds. The most common source of concern has been the mercury found in silver fillings. Mercury is one of the most toxic metals found in nature and is a major component of silver fillings {up to 50 %}.

Organized dentistry has been reluctant to acknowledge the potential problems of toxic materials used in the mouth. The truth is there are many variables. Each of us is different in the capacity of our body to eliminate toxins from our system. Because each of us presents a unique constitution it is important that materials to be used in our mouths be screened to insure bio-compatibility for us. Holistic dentists have a number of tools to use to do this. Sometimes blood tests may be used though they are not as precise as a simple biofeedback tests done with Muscle Response Testing, or tests done with electrodermal screening.

In the future healthcare will be truly that and not care focused on treatment of advanced disease, but intent on the preservation of health. As Charles Mayo the founder of the world famous Mayo clinic said in 1913;

“It falls upon the dentist and oral surgeon to study the diseased conditions of the mouth.The work is discouraging, but must be kept up, as eventually it will have its effect.The next great step in medical progress in the line of preventive medicine should be made by the dentists. The question is will they do it?” — Charles H. Mayo, MD, Dental Review 27 April 1913, 296-7

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