If you are like me, you hate going to the dentist. On the other hand, I have to admit that without them I would probably be toothless by now. So, although I am grateful for dentists, I still hate going there because it is almost NEVER good news.
One of the things I dread to hear is that I need a ”root canal”. The first time I heard this term in the US, I thought ”This is really America! They can even give me a new root canal!”
I learned the painful way that this meant precisely the opposite. In this case French is more explicit: we call it ”devitalizing” a tooth. And that is exactly what it is, taking the life out of the tooth.
Under the enamel and the dentin is the pulp chamber. The pulp is a soft tissue containing the nerves and the blood vessels. Through narrow canal(s), nerves and blood vessels go down the root(s) to the tip(s) of the tooth.
When there is a deep decay or a trauma (such as a chipped or broken tooth), irreversible damage to a tooth nerves can occur. It can also happen when a tooth has not been treated correctly and is deteriorating. In all cases, Mr dentist must perform a root canal therapy, otherwise an infection could end up propagating to the jaw bone.
The purpose of the procedure is to completely remove the pulp and the nerves, and it requires cleaning up the root canal(s). This is a very common procedure in France where it can be done by all dentists. Here in the US it seems a little bit more complicated and frightening, but this is not the topic today. I would rather give you some homeopathic tips to make the whole experience less unpleasant!
To Recover better from Your Root Canal Therapy:
Take 5 sublingual pellets of each of the following medicines 3 times a day, starting the night before the procedure. Continue the treatment as long as needed (usually one to three days). It will lessen the pain and discomfort, and will allow you to heal faster. Of course, if there is severe pain or if you suspect an infection, you will have to talk to your dentist, if you can still talk…
Staphysagria 6C: this is a medicine that is particularly efficient in surgical wound
Hypericum perforatum 6C: one of its major indications is nerve trauma
and of course Arnica 6C: for all cases of trauma, swelling and bruises.
This is actually a combination that you can use for other surgeries or dental work, and it makes a big difference in your recovery.
Also, if you feel very nervous and apprehensive before a procedure, take Gelsemium or Argentum nitricum. You can read about those in my post on stage fright/competition since the symptoms are quite similar.