How to Treat Pain After Dental Extractions or Other Trauma

Learning how to treat pain after dental extraction, or any other form of dental work can save you a lot of lost sleep as well as discomfort. Dental work causes soft tissue damage to your gums, nerve damage to the nerves of your teeth and bone damage to your teeth and jaw bones. No wonder people are reluctant to visit dentists. You come away with so much pain, even if you have had an anesthetic.

But that is a complication in itself, with fear of needles, the pain of an injection and then the effects of the numbness afterwards. However, here are three homeopathic medicines which will help you breeze through the process, however traumatic it appears to be.

The homeopathic medicine Arnica is the first one of choice for all soft tissue damage. It can prevent infection, resolve pain, prevent inflammation, without damaging any other system or organism of your body. However, the most intense pain normally felt at a dentist is the nerve pain. This is usually much more intense than soft tissue pain. This is the pain that is so agonising, it sent you hurrying to the dentist in the first place This is the pain that makes you moan, prevents your sleep.

It’s deep, it’s intense, it’s agonising. The homeopathic medicine Hypericum is a wonderful medicine which rapidly heals damaged nerves, so is ideal after a dental extraction or any dental work, where nerves are so easily damaged. However, Hypericum can also antidote any injection you have, so if you are on insulin, you can expect that not to work. For a few hours, you may prefer to deal with the nerve pain.

Take a low potency (strength) such as 6c or 30c at most, so the effects don’t last longer than you want them to. Armed with these two homeopathic medicines can make any dental work a lot easier.

Atlanta Dental Schools

Atlanta, the state capital and largest city in Georgia, has several accredited dental schools. They aim to educate dental students in order to improve the overall health of the society. Georgia Medical Institute, DDS Emory University, Bauder College, Westwood College, Sanford-Brown Institute, and Penn Foster Career School are among the best dental institutes in Atlanta; they all offer quality dental education programs. Atlanta dental schools’ education programs provide you with a wide range of career options in dentistry.

Candidates with a B.S. or B.A. degree are eligible to apply for dental courses. In order to apply, you have to take the Dental Admissions Test. Even though many graduates take the test, only the best students can get through this admission test. Through Atlanta dental schools, one can attain either a D.D.S. (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or D.M.D (Doctor of Dental Medicine) degree. The students are required to take National Board’s part I and II examinations. Only those who pass these examinations are awarded with the D.D.S or D.M.D degree. Also, potential dentists need to pass exams conducted by state dental boards. After passing the examination, you can apply for a state license.

The majority of Atlanta dental schools offer dental assistant programs as well. Dental assistants are trained to perform chair-side assisting methods, patient care, and laboratory and office duties. They normally work under the guidance of a licensed dentist. Dental assistants are given training in using laboratory equipment such as amalgamators, dental units and chairs, model trimmers, oral evacuation equipment, and more.

Most Atlanta dental schools offer an autonomous curriculum, designed exclusively to meet all the academic needs of students. Atlanta dental schools run clinics of their own to provide practice-oriented training.

Dental Problems Linked To Breast Cancer

New data concerning women’s health has linked periodontal disease to breast cancer. This came from a recent study in October 2010 at Huddinge, Sweden by the Department of Dental Medicine, Division of Periodontology, Karolinska Institute.

Over 3000 women between the ages of 30-40 years were part of a 16 year randomized study. “Of the subjects with periodontal disease and any missing molars in the mandible 5.5% had breast cancer in comparison to 0.5% of the subjects who had periodontal disease but no missing molars,” the study reported. Missing molars are a sign of long term periodontal issues.

One explanation is that the bacteria, in this disease, infects the entire blood supply of these advanced periodontal patients. This infection then sets off viral infections, referred to as “co-infections”. These other infections cause the body to use all its immune response to fight the co-infections, leaving a suppressed immune system to fight off the cancer – in other words, too weak to fight anymore.

This information will not be a surprise for those in the medical field who have long known that periodontal disease affects the whole body. Other studies have shown that the bacteria found in periodontal disease are also linked to heart disease, diabetes, pneumonia, stroke, prostate disease, low birth weights in infants and indeed other cancers (pancreatic, kidney, lung and white blood cell).

It is important that everyone take care of their oral health and more so for those that are prone to any of the systemic diseases or have a family history of cancer. Diligent twice-daily cleanings should be a normal part of a person’s health care. The Dental Air Force offers an effective way to combine tooth brushing and flossing that removes 60% more bacteria in between teeth and around the gums than an electric tooth brush. Regular six month professional visits to the dentist are also important. And if the patient has periodontal disease, those visits should increase to every three months for periodontal treatment.

Six signs that can alert one to periodontal disease are:

  • Bad breath that won’t go away
  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tender or bleeding gums (they should not bleed when you brush your teeth)
  • Painful chewing
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Loose teeth

Unfortunately periodontal disease does not show symptoms until it is advanced and it is irreversible. However, you and your dentist can halt its progress. That is why it is so important to visit the dentist and take meticulous care in cleaning your teeth daily.