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Natural Treatments To Consider Before Having A Root Canal

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The Shingles virus is gaining recognition as a possible cause of jaw and tooth pain in many patients who are often misdiagnosed. As a result, these patients are receiving unnecessary dental treatments, but there are natural treatments you can try before opting for having a root canal.


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Mouth pain is brutal, and fills you with anxiety, as well as dread and fear of having to endure dental procedures such as root canal or tooth extraction. There is nothing more horrifying than a jolt of pain that comes out of seemingly nowhere, especially in the mouth. Aching jaw, intense pain when opening and closing your mouth (TMJ), referred tooth pain, shooting acute pain that comes and goes, or a dull throbbing chronic pain that lingers for a long period of time, are all causes for concern and should be evaluated. Perhaps what's worse is that the source of the pain is often times a mystery.

Nerve Pain And You

What happens when the tooth is treated and mouth pain persists? This is often the case in people who have neuralgia of the face, which is a medical term for inflamed nerves. If you’ve got sharp shooting pain that’s sensitive to air or movement of the face, you may be dealing with a viral condition known as the Shingles virus. Shingles is bothersome and can produce fever, migraines, rashes, joint pain, bursitis, neck pain, nerve pain, and other highly unpleasant symptoms. Shingles of the mouth can be characterized as pain that travels through the upper or lower jaw, lip, gums, and some muscles you use for chewing.

Is it Herpes?

The Shingles, also known as Herpes Zoster, is a virus associated with the herpes family that lays dormant in the body for years until it is ready to strike. Chances increase for getting shingles as we get older. In fact, most people first begin seeing symptoms of shingles outbreaks around middle age while some with compromised immune systems see it sooner.

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While Shingles virus is questionably related to the chicken pox virus, it can be contracted from someone who is experiencing an active outbreak, as well as by sharing bodily fluids.

Very Often Shingles Is Misdiagnosed And Dental Procedures Are Performed Unnecessarily

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According to a review of two case studies on Herpes Zoster Of The Trigeminal Nerve, the painful periods can induce misdiagnosis with dental signs like trigeminal neuralgia, odontalgia and acute pulpitis and the complications referred in the literature like tooth resorption, periapical lesions, periodontal destruction, osteomyelitis, jaw osteonecrosis and tooth exfoliation promote the dentist's role in diagnosis and management of this disease.

Herpes zoster of the trigeminal nerve is divided into herpes zoster of the ophthalmic (eyes), maxillary (facial), and mandibular (Jaw) nerves.

The review concluded the herpes zoster of the trigeminal nerve and /or other cranial nerves involving the oral and maxillofacial area may be faultily attributed to other neuralgic conditions mainly in the primary painful stages lacking any other clinically obvious lesions. The history, a detail clinical and radiographical examination, the pain distribution and the short re-examinations may offer in differential diagnosis before any “pulpitis. “Tooth extraction” or “trigeminal neuralgia” is the administered solution.

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6 Tried And True Natural Treatments For Ending Shingles Pain

There are six natural treatments to try before heading to the dentist that may give you some insight into whether you have a tooth issue, or a nerve inflammation and irritation caused by the shingles virus. These are:

  1. Lemon Balm calms the nervous system and nerve pain swiftly and effectively.
  2. Licorice Root is a powerful antiviral that helps stop shingles virus in its tracks.
  3. Mullen leaf is powerful for pulling back and deactivating the shingles virus.
  4. Cat’s Claw is nature’s steroid and helps greatly in relieving nerve pain.
  5. Red Clover is a powerful blood cleanser and anti-viral that keeps shingles at bay.
  6. Ginger is a powerful anti-spasmodic. Ginger works to quiet the inflammation in the nerves. You can steep ginger and drink it as a tea, or you may put a slice of fresh ginger on the affected area and bite down on it to quiet the pain.

Anti-inflammatory Foods That Keep Shingles Away

Anti-inflammatory and anti-viral foods such as melons (all kinds) wild blueberries, celery (juiced) red apples, pears, papaya, bananas, kale, spinach and lettuce (all varieties) are highly effective natural treatments for keeping inflammation and nerve pain away. These should be eaten frequently and consistently.

If you find these natural treatments work for you in ending your nerve pain, then talk with your dental practitioner about the possibility of having the shingles and how to proceed with treatment. He or she may recommend the delay of treatment until the episode subsides.