Healing

The allergic response does a lot of tissue damage. Your oral tissues heal very rapidly. Once you remove the substance that you are allergic to, the allergic response will start to wind down and your body will finally be able to heal the tissue damage. The same is true for an irritant that you could be continually introducing to your sensitive oral tissues. When you start to heal, you will know that you have identified the problem.

If you correctly identify the culprit you should notice changes in your mouth within 1 week. You may initially experience several different things happening. Your gums might be a little numb from all the tissue damage and you may not even realize it. They may seem to do absolutely nothing for the first 4 or 5 days. After that they may start to itch or seem to be draining constantly. This can persist for 4 or 5 days for each event. This may feel like they are draining, itching or both immediately. You may feel a pressing sensation or a tingling sensation for several weeks.

As your healing progresses, your teeth should turn white and tighten up. Your gums should return to their natural position on the crown of the tooth, turn pink, firm up and return to the proper consistency. If you have gaps from this condition, your teeth may all move right back where they originally were without you even realizing it. You will notice this one day when you go to brush your teeth.

The immune response can be affecting your body elsewhere in ways that you did not realize is associated. It happens to show up in your mouth in a form that is easily observed. You may have some additional subtle health problems. They might be annoying and not really anything that you can point to for your doctor, or not severe enough to bring to his or her attention. They might be major. When you identify the cause of your condition, and remove it, these other problems might also start to disappear. It can take 2 or more months for some of the systemic problems to completely resolve. Take careful notes on what the problem was and how long after you removed the allergen it went away. Discuss these with your MD. You may have conditions such as over dry skin, inadequate saliva, joint pain, muscle soreness especially after excursion, intermittent or frequent nausea, abdominal bloating, stomach discomfort, dizziness, congestion, skin problems, low estrogen or other hormonal problems. Let a MD or an immunologist decide if they are related or not.

You may want to consider terminating scaling, planing or cleaning periodontal treatments and let your body heal. The allergic response can do significant tissue damage. The treatments only aggravate already damaged tissue and do more tissue damage. If they were not doing tissue damage it would be painless during and after the treatment. Cleaning your teeth or scaling your roots does nothing to treat an allergic reaction. If they weren’t doing damage to your tissues they should be able to do the procedure without a painkiller and without causing you pain. If your cleaning treatments are 3 months apart, most of your healing will likely take place in that span of time anyway. You can have the depths of your gingival pockets monitored and if necessary, you may want to go for a cleaning after all the tissue damage is healed, to help promote reattachment.

If you have tissue damage from an allergic reaction in your gums, you should consult with your MD before you agree to any treatments. If you have identified the substance, you should see your MD right away. Your MD may be able to give you something to shut down the local allergic response.

Your body has a natural tendency to heal. If it isn’t healing by itself, then it would be in your best interest to pursue the reason for that before you agree to a treatment or process that does not seem to be addressing the underlying cause of the problem. You may be allergic to more than one allergen and may have only identified the cause of part of your problem. If you are not healing even though you have identified your allergen, you should see a MD as you may have done tissue damage as a result of the repeated allergic response or have a systemic problem.


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