By Dr. Peter Wannigman
Pain and Swelling Call for Arnica
Dental pain! A trip to the dentist is commonly associated with a painful memory of a prior dental experience. The throbbing, swelling, and aching pain vividly stand out in your memory. This typically does not occur during regular cleanings or simple cavity fillings, but when the dental procedure involves an extraction, surgery, or treatment for a dental emergency.
Normally, healing energy flows naturally through the nervous and circulatory systems in the body. However, an injury disturbs this flow and can create visible disturbances, as well as a very real sensation of pain. The body reacts with swelling as a natural defense mechanism. The swelling, although unsightly and painful, is just part of the body’s natural healing process.
Arnica Compared to Prescription Drugs
A standard pharmaceutical approach to dealing with the swelling and pain that follow dental surgery is to use anti-inflammatory pain medications. However, pain medication acts only on the brain, deceiving our perception of localized pain, but does not heal any wound.
Arnica, on the other hand, helps the body to heal by stimulating the body’s natural mechanisms that reduce pain and swelling, rather than using man-made chemicals.
A good suggestion is to consider Arnica. The remedy will work naturally with the body. Taking Arnica after a dental procedure can help speed the healing process overall.
Arnica as a Supplement to Prescription Medications
If your practitioner has prescribed medications for you to take before or after dental surgery, be sure to take them as instructed. These medications may be prescribed with specific dosing instructions and/or “as needed.”
It’s safe to take homeopathic Arnica “on top” of any prescription regimen. It will not cause any complications or interference with the prescribed treatment plan. However, it’s best to talk with your practitioner about how you plan to treat your pain and swelling after surgery. Never change the prescription regimen your dentist gives you without consulting with your dentist first.