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Homeopathic approaches to healing have been in practice worldwide for centuries, under various names. Different cultures employ different local herbs and plants, but the purpose and intent is the same- natural healing. various plants native to different continents are used in each culture’s traditional recipes, and a lot of people gain benefit from the treatments provided by sourcing all natural substances instead of modern medicine. While the efficacy of modern medicine is undeniable, homeopathic approaches help in bypassing the side effects and adverse effects, and the occasional interactions associated with using multiple allopathic medicine regimens. These properties of natural healing can be extended to applying homeopathic treatment for support in dental surgery and dentistry as well.
The entire concept of homeopathic healing is based upon the ‘law of similars’. In theory, it is somewhat like the principle we use while giving vaccines, that is, by acclimatizing our body to a mild or similar form of the disease, we strengthen our resistance and defence against the more virulent and aggressive forms of disease. And homeopathy is not the instinct driven branch it used to be. Now the ambiguity associated with formulations has been replaced by an exact science of proportions and the same combinations for each treatment approach. These formulations make use of plants that have very particular properties. While some of them may be overlapping and some completely the opposite, using these plants in relative proportions helps us direct the effect of each homeopathic drug, a property that makes them an invaluable addition to dental surgery as well as medical practice.
Certain plant products are used in minute dilutions and titrations because of the potency of their effect. These include plants like aconite. Cis aconiticus can be used to resolve preoperational anxiety and is extremely effective in dental practice to help resolve attacks of ‘nerves’ before a procedure is scheduled to take place. Aconite is to be used sparingly and with extreme caution and wariness in all other forms because of its potential toxicity, but in homeopathic preparations it is utilized in doses that can be taken without any repercussions. Similarly, some plants can be used for their inherent anti inflammatory properties as well as antibacterial and antifungal properties, such as myristica and staphysagria. While their names may sound complicated and obscure and don’t exactly ‘roll’ off the tongue, they are used in accelerating healing. They contain plant chemicals or ‘phytochemicals’ that have been proved to also be very efficacious in minimizing pain and resolving single and multiple abscesses, which are localized collections of pus, as well as helping relieve impacted teeth and during the creation of small soft tissue flaps to treat the same, and in grafting. Again, none of these plants have a significant negative impact of their own standing, or are utilized in concentrations where they make a difference to the systemic health of the patient. But when these homeopathic medications are synthesized in the right, proportionate combinations, their additive and synergistic effect helps resolve multiple serious issues, such as draining active abscesses from the gums, increasing the clearance of the accumulated pus, having an antibacterial lysing action, and preventing formation of more abscesses in vulnerable gums.
In fact a lot of homeopathic medications make use of elemental substances like magnesium, selenium, copper, iron, sodium, manganese, etc. which are naturally processed by the body because they are microminerals. Therefore, their addition to compounds helps boost normal body mechanisms to work for the better. They boost immunity and faster immune response, enzyme function, specific tissue response, etc as each mineral takes part in formation of biologically active enzymes, hormones, catalysts, complexes and multiple processes. This multifactorial approach is why homeopathic medication helps provide good support for recovery from dental surgery and medical procedures, using only plant derived, natural and beneficial ingredients.
For decades now, dentists have been working to find ways of making the dentist’s office experience more appealing while also meeting some of the additional needs of dental patients. Today, dentists around the nation and across the world are providing relaxing and welcoming environments for their patients that include pampering, aromatherapy for relaxation, day spa service, cosmetic dental services and more.
Could a dental spa be the alternative to the traditional dentist’s office that you’ve been looking for?
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Spa services that dental clinics offer vary widely, and some dental day spas may focus more tightly on cosmetic dentistry than others. Since dentists are independent businesspeople, they can make their own decisions about what to offer.
Some spa-like services you may find at a dental office include:
– aromatherapy for relaxation
– massage therapy
– teeth whitening
– warming hand mitts
– comforting neck pillows
– free beverages and snacks
– headphones for listening to music
– televisions to distract during treatment
– and more.
Some practices now even offer email access and a way to surf the Internet while you wait.
Dental Spas Come Highly Recommended
Stress reduction techniques are usually among the services offered by dental day spas, and the American Dental Association actually recommends that dental offices use techniques to reduce stress for those with heart conditions or a tendency toward anxiety.
Spa services also provide another important benefit: they help dental offices attract in patients for their necessary treatments who might not otherwise come to a dental office willingly. Plus, relaxed patients are less likely to be injured during treatment and can be easier for a dentist to work with — and this increases the quality of the treatments.
Also, dental spa services for relaxation can provide a drug-free alternative for some patients who have required sedation dentistry in the past because of apprehension regarding dental treatment. Tranquilizers, anti-anxiety drugs and laughing gas may not be necessary when patients are able to relax before and during treatment with aromatherapy and other spa-like relaxation techniques.
The Connection To Cosmetic Dentistry
Many traditional spas offer teeth whitening services and other services aimed at improving the look of a patient, like facials and microdermabrasion. It makes sense that cosmetic dentists would embrace the idea of dental spas because they also focus on improving the look and personal image of a patient. It may be possible for patients to get smile makeovers along with facials and other related services at a dental spa.
Some dentists are learning procedures like cosmetic and therapeutic Botox and also adding skin specialists to their staffs to better address the overall needs of clients. Just remember to follow the ADA’s recommendation that things like collagen injections, acupuncture, reflexology, Botox and laser skincare be performed by licensed professionals and always in accordance with state and local regulations.
Some dental spas also have massage therapists who can help with real disorders, like the pain from TMD and headaches. These massage therapists may work on the jaw, neck, face and shoulders during and following treatment, either for an additional fee or as part of the treatment price offered by the dentist.
What’s for sure no matter what kind of dental spa you visit is that yesterday’s sterile and impersonal waiting rooms are being replaced with elegantly furnished and relaxing rooms that have oil paintings, fireplaces and refreshment centers. The bathrooms of yesterday now have fresh-cut flowers, sample beauty products and maybe even shoeshine machines.
Scrubs are being replaced by tasteful outfits, first names are being used more often and some dental spas even offer robes and slippers to protect street clothes.
Participate In The Dental Spa Revolution
Spa-like treatments are now becoming a part of everyday life, so you can expect some dental spa services like aromatherapy and teeth whitening to be available at your favorite dental office right now. The first dental spa opened in 1986, it’s believed, and the idea has caught on considerably since those early days. For a decade or more, things have been changing by leaps and bounds at dental offices everywhere.
Isn’t it time you visited a modern dental office that functions as a dental spa?
Even hospitals, health clubs and resorts are closing the gap between the spa and the medical facility, so it make sense that dentists are getting on board as well. Dentists may have first offered spa services as a way to get a competitive advantage, but now it’s simply a way of doing business.
Expect a variety of non-dental services from many dental offices these days, and ask about services that vary from hypnosis to pain management and from cosmetic dentistry to cosmetic samples. Since the term dental spa has no specific definition, there’s no such thing as the ultimate dental spa.
The key is to choose a facility that offers the services that means the most to you in a way you enjoy, at a price you can live with and in an environment that matches your needs and style. When you do that, you can be more satisfied with your dental office visit than you ever imagined.
That means you’ll get the best services and the dental office staff will be able to do their very best for you. If you think of cold, uncaring people in an equally uninviting atmosphere when you think about a dental office, you’re behind the times now.
To take advantage of some of these services at Brighton Dental San Diego, call (619) 640-5100
A dental crown is a type of dental restoration that completely covers up and protects the remnants of a tooth or dental implant post. Such a restoration is necessary and recommended when a big cavity destroys a large part of a tooth and leaves it where it could easily fracture if it was filled instead. With a dental crown, a dentist can restore the strength and shape of the tooth and provide a cosmetically appealing tooth-like appearance.
Crowns can be fabricated from a number of materials types, includes the following:
Stainless steel. Used for short-term restoration, stainless steel crowns are metal shells that come pre-formed. They are usually used on primary teeth in children or as temporary while a permanent crown is being fabricated. They adequately protect the tooth or underlying filling while a better crown is made from a superior material. For children’s baby teeth, a stainless steel crown may be used to fit over a tooth to protect it from breaking down further and to hold the space while permanent teeth grow in. In this situation, the primary tooth will fall out naturally, and the stainless steel crown will come with it.
Metal Alloy. Made from gold and other precious alloys like platinum or palladium and a base metal that’s non-precious like chromium or nickel, these can vary in hardness and in strength. Gold crowns are the easiest to fit, but they’re also the softest. When non-precious metals are used, the underlying tooth can become black as metal leaches into the tooth. This can also cause a metallic taste. One advantage of metal alloy crowns is that they can be made to be very thin and therefore preserve as much of the natural tooth underneath as possible. And since metal crowns aren’t as hard as porcelain, they don’t cause as much wear on surrounding teeth. They don’t look like natural teeth, however.
Porcelain Fused To Metal or PFM. The most common and widely used of all dental crowns, these have the underlying strength of metal as well as the beauty of porcelain. Either precious or non-precious metals or some combination can be used. They can be made to exactly match the coloring of surrounding natural teeth or other restorations. Porcelain will cause wear on surrounding teeth, however, and the porcelain can chip or crack with age and wear. Also, a dark line can become visible at the gum line as the gums recede away from the crown. This can become a cosmetic issue if the crown is on a front tooth.
All Ceramic, All Porcelain or All Resin. The best looking crowns available, these all-one-material crowns look more natural than any other type. And since there’s no metal, they’re safer and not a problem for patients with metal allergies. In many cases, they’re not quite as strong as dental crowns that include metal, however. They also wear down opposing teeth more than metal crowns, but there’s never a telltale black line since there’s no metal underneath to show. When a crown is on a front tooth, this is the best and highest-quality choice.
Now that you know more about dental crown materials, you’re better prepared to make a smart choice for your restoration needs.
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Crowns are a very common dental procedure, but not all crowns are created equal. There are a number of important variables to consider in choosing your crown. The cost of the crown is most impacted by the quality of the materials in it, so it makes sense to have the best crown installed that you can afford in most cases. In addition, a crown is made by a dental technician — an artisan, really — and the quality of the work is important.
Working together, your dentist and a dental technician can make a final product that you find satisfactory and that completely restores normal function.
The Artistry Of A Crown
Crowns made from the highest quality porcelain cost more than lower-quality restorations. The best crowns may have gold for added strength. But the artistry and expertise of the technician contributes most to the lifelike appearance of your dental crown. Some crowns are plain and white while others are translucent tooth replicas that look just like a natural tooth. The better a crown looks, the more it will probably cost you. If you want a top quality crown, your job may be sent to a different technician than if you want something less expensive.
You also have personal choices to make regarding the look of your crown. For example, you can have input on the crown color, but you need to voice your concerns or comments before the crown is made. If you’re concerned with the finished product, you should object before the product is cemented permanently into place.
In the case of dental crown, some subjectivity is involved, and beauty is always in the eye of the patient.
Provisional Crowns Can Help
In some cases, a provisional crown may be suggested by the dentist. This temporary crown can allow you to see what your permanent dental crown will look like so you can determine if it blends well with your smile. You can also determine if normal eating and talking are possible with a crown of that size and shape. Once you’ve approved the design, a permanent crown can be made of more stable and longer-lasting quality.
While a provisional crown involves extra cost, it can be an important tool for determining exactly how you want your finished smile to look after its permanent restoration.
No matter the decisions you make, every crown placed in your mouth by any dentist should be adequate to restore natural function. Exactly what you get, however, is largely impacted by your tastes, your dental insurance and any limitations that the practice may have.
As is often the case in dentistry, choosing a quality dentist with a strong reputation makes it likely that you’ll get the good result you desire at an affordable cost. When you contact the dentist, be sure to ask questions like how much your crown will cost — and ask for photos to prove the quality of past work.
As the patient and the client, you have a right to the very best.
San Diego residents that would like a free consultation, call (619) 640-5100
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The further that we develop scientific and medical ideas, the more we seem to keep coming back to the ancient knowledge that has been handed down from generation to generation. The Ancient Greeks, the Ancient Egyptians, the Ancient Romans – even the Ancient Mayans – they all had a huge amount of knowledge about the human body and how it worked. Of course, we would certainly not get rid of some of the modern knowledge that we have gained, nor the modern tools, but there are certain facts that doctors and dentists seem to have forgotten that our ancient ancestors knew as common knowledge. Thankfully this information has been retained by homeopathy, and it is now becoming more and more common for dentists to receive some homeopathy training so that they can pass on these benefits to their patients.
For example, there are many different parts of a dentist’s work that homeopathic treatments can aid in. Chamomilla is perfect for teething babies because it helps them to fall asleep. Often one of the underlying causes a teething baby cries is because they are exhausted – but Chamomilla ensures that they get a good night’s rest. Chamomilla can also be taken by adults who want to lose the feeling of numbness that they experience after a dental operation. Causticum is a brilliant homeopathic remedy that is becoming more and more popular with dentists because it will relieve any soreness or tension in a person’s jaw if they have had to keep it open very wide for a dental appointment or oral surgery.
As you can see, medical knowledge seems to have come full circle, and it is now possible to gain so much more from your dentist appointment. Talk to your dentist now about how homeopathy can help you at your next appointment.
For the full article and/or an appointment with San Diego Homeopathic Dentist, Dr. Vinograd: http://drvinograd.com/holistic-dentist/homeopathy-dentistry/