An update on my infected tooth
Wendy Tao, B.Sc., Student Representative
My right bottom molar is officially out. I feel great about it. I seem to have more energy throughout the day and my mind seems to be clearer and less foggy. I am very excited about the positive changes in such a short period of time after my tooth was out.
It wasn’t an easy tooth for Dr. Elmajian, my holistic dentist to work on. Apparently, my molar was blessed with five roots instead of three which made it extremely stable. Dr. Elmajian was very patient and extremely professional the whole time. The best part of the whole thing was he was able to pull the tooth out in one go which I am extremely grateful for. He warned me before the surgery that there was a slight chance that my tooth might fracture because my previous dentist performed an “open and drain” to prepare for a root canal procedure which needless to say I did not go back for. After he extracted the tooth, Dr. Elmajian also performed a thorough debridement of infectious tissue and the tooth ligament and injected some homeopathic remedies into the area for complete healing. I was sent home with Arnica Plus and Arnica Gel for a quick and painless healing.
The next step is a waiting game. I need to allow time for my tooth to heal and then go with dental implants in which the replacement tooth roots are made of titanium that are placed into jawbone. The initial phase of dental implants is to place the implants into jawbone. After that, the implants will require about four months to heal for them to become completely secure before they will be restored with a crown. I feel really good about the whole experience and am happy that I did not go for a root canal as Dr. Elmajian did find a cyst which means a root canal procedure might not be able to clean out all the infections in it.