All dentists are trained to remove teeth. Some hone their skills with advanced training in residencies and internships, while others are taught by experienced practitioners. However, biological dentistry brings different principles to the oral surgery procedure, and there is a distinction between what is done conventionally and holistically to optimize treatment after tooth extraction.
Oral Surgery Procedures Biological Dentistry vs. Conventional
The main difference between biological and conventional dental surgery is that we rarely use antibiotics, which can sometimes be exaggerated by our regular partners. We often find that when the source of the infection is removed, the body can heal without causing negative effects on the gut microbiome.
When choosing local anesthesia, biologic dentists prefer to use preservative-free and epinephrine-free formulations. This results in safer injections for our medically compromised and allergic patients. Epinephrine-free anesthesia promotes healing rather than impairing it, which reduces post-operative complications by eliminating the addition of stress-inducing adrenaline.
Advanced care for oral surgery recovery
The main differences between biological and conventional surgery begin after tooth extraction. First, the socket left in the jawbone is thoroughly cleaned of infected soft and hard tissue remnants. The nozzle is then filled with powerful solvents that remove any remaining toxins. Procaine has been used to treat wounds for over a century. Then we rinse liberally with ozonated tap water, a miracle antiseptic and biofilm remover. Biological dentists understand the infection-fighting and healing power of oxygen-ozone and use it regularly in as many dental situations as possible.
Many dentists have begun inserting platelet-rich fibrin (PRF) into the socket to promote healing; including biological dentists. However, a holistically oriented dentist will avoid using artificial bone in the socket. instead, they prefer to use PRF alone or reinforce it with natural bone chips.
Post-operative care is also very different when you choose a holistic dentist for your oral surgery needs.
1. Vitamin/mineral or vitamin C IVs can be administered immediately to stimulate the immune response.
2. Complete postoperative supplements are recommended, including:
- Vitamin C and Quercetin, a powerful combination that enhances the function of connective tissue cells and promotes rapid healing
- Transfer Factor+, an immune boosting supplement
- Arnica, a homeopathic remedy for wound healing that has been used for centuries
- Oxygen/ozone injector in olive oil for slow release. This is applied topically to the surgical site to enhance antiseptic properties and healing properties.
- Routine oral surgery instructions are provided for pain and bleeding, as well as routine care instructions for healing sockets.
3. Biological improvements
- Pain medications are always prescribed, but in our experience they are rarely needed or used.
- Optimize the nutrition needed to heal bones. A combination of recommended vitamin D3 (5,000-10,000iu), vitamin K2 (100-200 mg), and vitamin C (1-5g) along with a bone vitamin/mineral supplement tailored to the patient that contains silicon, boron, manganese, magnesium. , calcium, etc.
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Dr. Ifueko Obadiaru, DDS, is a biologic dentist serving the Washington, D.C. metro area. He tcauses great pride to provide its patients with fully comprehensive and conservative care while maintaining a high standard of aesthetics. He treats adults and children, and his areas of focus include comprehensive dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and oral health education for each patient.