In dentistry, when it comes to treating a damaged or decayed tooth “You will need root canal treatment” is the most common word that you will hear from dentists. Although, root canal procedure has a high success rate, but it it comes with a price. Thousands of people around the world do spend countless dollars for root canal treatments each year. Although many holistic health researchers do question the safety of the procedure.
Well, through the root canal procedure millions of teeth are being saved every single year. However, there are certain serious health problems that are believed to be associated with root canal treatment. It’s believed that the procedure have been linked to higher rates of heart disease, stroke, and many other serious health problems.
Due to more advancement in dentistry and technology, researchers are reporting development of a nano-sized dental film that may bring diseased teeth back to life. Although, there are other alternatives to root canal but most of this treatments may not bring the similar benefits as root canal treatment. These other alternatives to prevent root canal treatment includes tooth extraction, certain natural remedies, fillings, and dental medicines. Within few seconds from now we will look at some of these alternatives to root canal treatment.
But before that, I have to say some few things. Whatever alternative you choose, it is very important to consult a holistic dentist or doctor before attempting to treat ailments with the procedure. Even though most of the alternatives that I will mentioned here may seem promising, none of them is more effective than root canal procedure. Since each patient’s situation is different, different natural methods may work in different ways for different people.
Alternatives To Root Canal Treatment
In some years ago, a dental problem that results to injury or decay to the tooth pulp will usually lead to the removal of the affected tooth. Recently, due to so many technological advancements, a root canal treatment has allowed dentists to remove the damaged or decayed pulp and eventually retain the tooth. But due to one reason or the other, if you are not willing to go for root canal there are other alternatives treatment that you can choose from. Here are some of the alternatives you can go for:
Scientists have combined a substance called alpha melanocyte stimulating hormone (or alpha-MSH), which has anti-inflammatory properties, with a widely-used polymer to produce a material that fights inflammation in cells in dental pulp. Nano-films containing alpha-MSH could help revitalize damaged teeth, and even reduce the need for a root canal procedure. (1)
2. Padma Basic
The Padma basic herbal blend has an extensive history of use in Thailand. The herbal mixture is popularly known for its ability to reduce inflammation and create an overall healing state in the body. It contains powerful antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and strong antibiotic properties. After a 2007 study, the results were published in Better Nutrition revealing the incredible potential for Padma Basic in helping patients to avoid root canals naturally.
“According to a 2007 article in Better Nutrition , a total of 82 percent of participants in a study using the Padma Basic herbal supplement were able to improve to the point where they did not need root canal treatments or tooth extractions. The 49 patients took the blend twice a day until their symptoms had disappeared …” (2)
However, it necessary for you to consult with a holistic dentist before using Padma Basic. But according to the reports so far, Padma Basic is a promising way to combat inflammation, infection and other problems associated with root canals.
3. Calcium Hydroxide
Calcium hydroxide is a popular dental medicines that is placed prior to fillings to aid in tooth healing that may need a root canal. Calcium hydroxide is a strong alkaline substance, it prevents the growth of bacteria as well as dissolves dead tissues. It’s mostly used in making medications for fighting deep cavities and dental sensitivity. Depending on the severity of the damages, placement of such medication on the affected tooth may promote natural healing. (3)
4. Tooth extraction
In most cases, the tooth might be severely damaged due to intensive tooth decay that it cannot be saved. When a damaged tooth cannot be restored or saved by root canal or another alternative, extraction maybe the only solution. When it comes to extraction, the procedure is much more easier and less costly when compared to the root canal treatment. There are two methods of extracting a tooth.
The tooth can either be removed via simple extraction or surgical extraction, depending on the nature of the tooth. During simple extraction, the dentist will numb the area around the tooth first. He will loosen the tooth with an elevator and finally pull the tooth out with forceps. The surgical extraction procedure, involves a more complex approach. The dentist will need to make incisions around the tooth in order to loosen and elevate the tooth. You can read this post to see – how tooth extraction is done, the cost of extraction and the time for recovery.