Although there isn’t a magic wand that a dentist can simply wave and magically transform your teeth into white, straight, healthy teeth, there is something called a Dental Wand that can do something pretty incredible! The scientific name for it is the CompuDent and Single Tooth Anesthesia System, but many dentists have taken to calling it the Dental Wand because of the way that it looks, and the clever way that it can completely transform a dental appointment with just a small amount of movement! It is a special computer that can inject dental liquids in a completely controlled manner – far more controlled than a dentist would be able to do by hand. The stream is slow and steady, so the patient can completely relax knowing that there aren’t going to be any sudden spurts or gushes going into their mouth.
So why is this any better? Well, whenever you come into contact with a needle – whether you are getting blood taken, getting your ears pierced, or having a flu jab – the pain that you feel isn’t actually the needle, it is the reaction that your body makes when something new is forced into your body really quickly. It reacts thinking that it is being attacked, and so if we were able to inject something steadily and slowly then there would not be any pain. That is where the Dental Wand comes in: its clever control means that truly painless dentistry is right there before you – and the designers have even made sure that it does not look frightening by making it look more like a pen than a syringe.
Dentists up and down the country are now preferring to use the Dental Wand over any other method, and their patients love it too. Just wave the magic wand!
If you think that you are having a dental emergency, the most important thing to do is remain calm. You will be much better able to make a good decision if you are staying calm. Chances are, if you think that you need to see a dentist, you need to see a dentist – and as it is always better safe than sorry, we would recommend that you either go to the ER or ring an emergency dentist and book an immediate appointment. This includes lingering and excruciating toothaches as they can often be smaller symptoms of a deeper problem. If it has continued for longer than three days, then it is best to chat to an emergency dentist about it. After all, they could say that it’s nothing, in which case you haven’t lost anything – or they could find something that needs immediate treatment.
For those of you who chip their teeth but do not experience any pain, that is more than enough of a reason to go and see your dentist. Pain is not always the only symptom that you need to experience in order to see a dentist, and when you have chipped a tooth it is all too easy to get dirt and bacteria into the tooth itself, damaging it from the inside out. It may even be possible at an early stage to have the chip replaced or cosmetically improved, so the sooner that you go and see a dentist, the better. The same thing goes for a broken or cracked tooth; it may not feel like an emergency to you, but the sooner that you can ensure that there is not a deeper problem, the better.
Whether a tooth is loose or fallen out, cracked or chipped, or you just feel as though something is not right – it is always better go to a dentist and hear that nothing is wrong than wait it out and then face real problems.
When your teeth need a particular dental restoration treatment such as an implant or a bridge, there needs to be a certain amount of bone required for this to be successful. In cases where that amount of bone simply does not exist, your dentist will discuss with you the possibility of a bone graft procedure, which will help the restoration treatment to be successful. Although there are many reasons why a person may not have sufficient bone – gum disease, a previous tooth extraction, a sports injury, an infection – there is only one treatment option, and that is a bone graft. This is often a very successful treatment, and it will naturally lead to the success of the primary treatment plan. So what are the side effects of a successful bone graft?
Firstly, you will experience greater jaw stabilization. This means that your jaw will be stronger, and better supported in the areas where it was previously weak, helping you to do basic things like chew meat and bite down on an apple much easier. Secondly, you will experience greater preservation. With more bone in the jaw you are much less likely to lose teeth in the future, and it will help to keep the teeth that are healthy in place.
Your dentist will examine you to see whether you are a good fit for receiving a bone graft, and any nearby problems such as infection or gum disease will need to be treated and healed before you take the bone graft any further. Once the bone graft treatment is over, you will be given special medicine that you will need to take to reduce the swelling and discomfort, and it will also fight infection too. Before you know it, you can have your dental restoration treatment and leave your dentist with a perfectly healthy and beautiful looking set of teeth.
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Toxic mercury is one of the key components for dental amalgams, and that means that many patients who want to have a healthy mouth decide that they need to have it removed – and in some cases, it is a requirement of other treatment such as restoration. However, this could cause problems if the amalgam is disturbed, as it could release mercury into the patient’s mouth and then bloodstream.
That is why at our dental practice, we go the extra mile and make extraordinary safeguards to ensure that our patients are not exposed to mercury when they request that their amalgam is removed. Introducing the use of homeopathic remedies has been a brilliant way to help the process, both before and after, to remove any of the negative side effects.
We find it utterly bizarre that there are dentists at other practices that are still happy to give their patients mercury fillings, especially when it has been scientifically proven to be a toxic poison to humans – but although we cannot change what they do and what they have done in the past to some of our patients, we know we can prevent any further harm from happening.
Homeopathic Remedies Work
Homeopathic remedies can be taken the day before, the day of, and the day after your appointment to have your amalgam removed, and they are typically small pellets that you can take from a pill box. These remedies have been scientifically calculated to do the most amount of good possible for our patients, so that their treatment goes well and their body heals nicely. They also have the ability to fight off the mercury toxins, in the unlikely outcome that some is knocked from the main.
Arnica is one of our central homeopathic remedies, a substance taken for centuries to help with nerve pain and muscle pain, perfect for reducing bruising over the treatment. During your amalgam filling it is likely that you will experience bruising and redness, and perhaps even swelling, but the arnica will lessen that. Another useful remedy is hypericum.
As well as dealing with the physical side of the amalgam removal, we also prescribe homeopathic remedies for those who are frightened of the dentist in order to lessen anxiety, calming the mind, and helping them to prepare emotionally for the amalgam removal. Aconite and gelsemium are particularly good for this.
A Long History Of Effectiveness
Since the 1800s homeopathy has been used by medical practitioners, and it is excellent for supporting traditional modern medicine now. After all, there is only so much that modern medicine can achieve, and when using the medicine of similars which is a central part of homeopathy, we can offer additional treatments to patients who would really benefit from extra care. These possibilities are not just limited to amalgam removals, or even dental offices, but can be used in almost any medical setting.
Different medications have been developed over the 20th century, and this led to a decrease in the use of homeopathy – and yet many dentists and doctors, as well as patients, are starting to rediscover the amazing power of what homeopathy can do. This treatment option is widely accepted in Europe, and is starting to be better understood here in the US over time. In fact, you may already be using a homeopathic remedy like eye drops without even realising it.
Homeopathy will not make your mercury filling less toxic, so you should still have it removed by your dentist, but utilizing the power of homeopathic remedies will prevent any mercury that is disturbed during that treatment from harming you.
To learn more about how homeopathics can be used to improve your dental treatments, call (619) 359-6569.
It feels as though with every new generation, we learn even more about the human body and all of the strange things that past generations have done to it! It is almost possible to laugh sometimes at the crazy things that doctors and medical staff did to people hundreds of years ago, absolutely convinced that they were doing the right thing, even though it could actually have been causing them even more pain than necessary – and potentially not in any way curing the problem at all. One of the things that our generation is having to deal with on almost a yearly basis is the fact that dentists in our pasts thought that it was absolutely fine to use mercury within tooth fillings. Now that we understand that mercury really is not good for the body, but in fact can be highly poisonous, many people are going back to their dentists and asking them to take their mercury fillings out. But is this a good idea if you are pregnant?
The main concern here is that absolutely everything that we ingest will find its way into our placenta and then straight into our babies, so many people worry that if they do ask their dentist to remove their mercury filling – also known as a silver filling – then they will automatically ingest some as it is taken out, and that could poison their baby, leaving them with real damage. It is completely understandable why people panic about this, but the thing that you need to remember is that when it comes to your mercury filling, you will be in one of two situations. You will either have a completely intact mercury filling, or you will have a leaking mercury filling. What you should do if you are pregnant and considering talking to your dentist depends on the state of your filling.
If your mercury filling is already leaking, then it is definitely time to have it removed. Your dentist can use a dam (like a special mouth guard, only it prevents anything from going down your throat) to make sure that you do not ingest any of the mercury or silver as they are taking it out, and as it has already been leaking into your body, it is definitely a case of the sooner the better. Wasting time in this situation is definitely not a good idea. On the other hand, if your mercury filling is completely intact and is not leaking at all, then at this point there really isn’t a good reason for your dentist to get involved. It would be much better for you to wait until you are no longer pregnant or breastfeeding, so that your dentist does not have to worry about working on you and you don’t have to worry about any spilling out. As always when it comes to being pregnant, only you at the end of the day can make this decision.
To have Dr. Paige Woods assess whether your amalgam fillings should be removed now or later, call (619) 359-6569
Holistic dentist, Dr. Paige Woods, DDS, together with Dr. Daniel Vinograd, DDS, is offering a lecture to affiliated San Diego medical professionals interested in becoming educated about the latest biological dental techniques, non-toxic materials, approaches to patients with dental anxiety, and painless techniques. This lecture is offered at no cost, but limited to previous attendees, members of the Gerson Institute, and patients of Dr. Woods & Dr. Vinograd.
Video footage of the event will be posted here at a later date.
The event will be held at 10:30AM on 4/9/16 near Mission Valley (event location will be confirmed here shortly).