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 Integrative Dentistry: Abscess 

Periapical Abscess

An abscess may have a sudden appearance (acute) or it may have been present for a long period of time (chronic) without any signs or symptoms. In the acute stage, the gums around the abscess become enlarged, red, tender, and painful. The tooth may be loose and sensitive to chewing. Pressing on the area where the gums and teeth meet may release pus. A dull pain that throbs and radiates maybe present. Periodontal abscess may produce a feeling of sickness, fever, and swelling in the lymph glands in the neck. If the infection has been present for a long time (chronic), there may be no symptoms. Treating the acute abscess is more successful than treating the chronic, which has caused more extensive damage over time.

Conventional Treatment
It is important to determine which type of abscess is present so that the appropriate treatment may be rendered. In all three types of abscess, the pus must be drained. Antibiotics may be prescribed if systemic symptoms such as fever and swelling in the lymph glands are present. (Mouth infections often affect the lymph glands in the neck region.) Deep cleaning will be suggested for gum pocket (periodontal) abscesses. If too much bone has been lost and the tooth is too loose, it may have to be pulled. In the case of a periapical abscess, root canal therapy (see Endodontic Techniques, Root Canal Therapy, in Part Three) or tooth extraction is indicated.

Supplement Directions for Use Comments

Garlic Take 500 mg 3 times daily Acts as an antibacterial.

Vitamin B6 Take 100 mg daily. Increases oxygen to cells through manufacture of hemoglobin

Vitamin B12 Take 100 mg daily. Important to normal cell growth and function.

Vitamin C Take 2000 mg daily. Enhances healing.

Zinc Take 30 mg daily. Enhances healing.

Homepathic Treatment
When using tablets, dissolve them under your tongue. When using liquids, place the drops directly on your tongue. (Because of their alcohol base, liquids should not be used by children or recovering alcoholics.) Do not eat or drink for fifteen minutes prior to or after taking medication. (See Part One, Homeopathy, for further information.)

Preparation Directions for Use Comments

Belladonna 30X Take 10 drops or 1 tablet every 1/2 to 1 hour, depending on the severity of the pain. Indicated for throbbing pain and fever.

Calcarea fluorica 6X Take 4 drops or 2 tablets daily Indicated for chronic abscess; may take time before it clears infection.

Silicea 6X Take 2 drops or 1 tablet 3 times a day Indicated if teeth are sensitive to cold after pus is discharged.

Hepar sulphuris 6X Take 2 drops or 4 tablets each hour. Promotes discharge of pus.

(Excerpted from The Complete Book of Dental Remedies)
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