How I used Homeopathy for my infected root canal tooth
I want to share a personal story with you this month. Quite a few years ago, I had a root canal on one of my teeth. About three or four years ago, part of the dental crown broke off. It didn’t really bother me, so I didn’t do anything about it. But last fall, I noticed a hard lump along the gum line in the location of that tooth. There was no pain and I really wouldn’t have noticed it, if I didn’t look in the mirror.
According to my holistic dentist, my tooth was infected. He explained that this most likely happened because of the dead root (from having root canal). According to the Center for Natural Dentistry a healthy tooth has a nerve (or pulp) inside that connects the inner structure of the tooth to the body’s waste system (lymphatic system) and nutrient system (cardiovascular system). The nerve provides the tooth with blood supply, with nutrients, and the with immune system defensive cells like T Cells and cytokines.
The nerve is also connected to the nervous system and has a feedback mechanism to alarm the human body when there is bacteria or damage to the tooth, the alarm system is called: PAIN.
A tooth (root canal or non-root canal tooth) that no longer has a blood supply loses its viability, becomes a non-viable, necrotic (dead) appendage in the body, and can be clinically called dead. The lack of blood supply (post root canal procedure) prevents the immune system cells from fighting infections and bacteria inside the tooth. This leaves the dead tooth vulnerable to pathogens attacking its cellular matrix and festering inside the tooth without any defense. What happened in my case, was a cyst developed in the dead root and as time went by, eroded the bone and started pushing a cyst out to the gum line, where I was seeing this bump.
Due to the lack of pain feedback, most infections in root canaled teeth may go undetected for too long and have time to potentially cause excessive damage to the surrounding oral environment, including bone and tissue degeneration. In some cases, by the time the dentist is able to diagnose and treat the infection, larger more invasive surgeries are required to remove the necrotic bone and tissue and bone grafting may be needed to replace the missing bone.
After my dentist gave me the diagnosis of tooth infected with a cyst, I started taking 2 Homeopathic remedies Silica and Echinacea. At first the Silica and Echinacea worked for a while, then stopped. These are the same remedies I recommend and that have helped many of my clients who had developed an abscess or cyst in a tooth; with great success. I then tried, many other Homeopathic remedies; including very high doses of some of the Homeopathic remedies. The remedies wouldn’t touch the bump along my gumline. My dentist said “the only way to address the cyst was to have the tooth pulled.” The infection had started eroding the tooth and bone along my jawline and was pushing the infection out as a bump along my gumline. I had to resort to having the tooth pulled.
After my dentist pulled the tooth, he put some ozone the open socket and then did a bone graft to replace the missing bone, which was going to be needed to regenerate bone in order to support a biocompatible, metal free dental implant that will be done in the future.
My dentist wanted me to take pain killers and antibiotics for the infection after the tooth removal. I told him “he can give me the script, but I was going to take Homeopathic remedies and use other natural methods to address the opening from the pulled tooth in place of the medications he recommended.”
As I was driving home with gauze in my mouth, I took a few does of Homeopathic remedies Arnica Montana, Ledum Palustre and Hypericum for the trauma of having the tooth removed. Along with Phosphorus to negate the anesthesia needed to pull the tooth.
When I got home, I made up a Homeopathic Remedy Solution Bottle (RSB) with Arnica Montana and Echinacea and took several times a day to continue the healing of the gum area and to address the possibility of infection. I usually would have taken Silica and Echinacea for the infection. However, since I had stitches in my mouth and a bone graft, I could not take Silica. Because, Silica takes out foreign matter and I did not want my stitches to pop out, let alone the bone graft. I also used other methods to address any possibility of infection in my body. I took Charcoal (food grade) daily to help pull out any toxins from the tooth. Rinsed my mouth with Himalayan salt water after each meal as directed by my dentist. I continued my usual morning routine of Aloe Vera Juice in water. And added Echinacea tincture to one of my glasses of water each day.
I saw my dentist 2 weeks later and he was amazed how well the tooth gum area had healed. He said “if I did not know that you had a bulging cyst along your gum line, I would not believe you.” My dentist was also surprised that I didn’t have any pain and didn’t need anything else to heal the tooth/gum area except the Homeopathic remedies and other supplements that I took.
After my dental visit, I started taking the Homeopathic remedy Calendula Officinalis to heal the gum tissue and close up the hole from the pulled tooth. I also started taking Symphytum Officinale and Calcarea Phosphorica to help the bone graft and to help my body to form bone that the cyst has eroded. I am continuing to taking Calcarea Phosphorica and Symphytum Officinale to help prepare the tooth bone for a future implant to be done.
Yes, I would have loved to completely address my tooth with the Homeopathic remedies rather than go through having it pulled and needing an implant. In this case, because the infection went undetected for so long, a more invasive procedure was needed. At least, I was able to address the healing process with Homeopathy and other natural methods after the tooth was pulled.
This was a graphic story but I thought important to share for those that deal with dental infections or have had invasive procedures. Knowledge is Power and while there are times that more than Homeopathy alone is needed, Homeopathy can still be used as a supportive and body strengthening healing approach.
The source for the detailed information I described, came from my dentist and the Center for Natural Dentistry.