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How Can I Enhance My Healing After Dental Surgeries, General Surgeries, & Injuries Of Any Kind?

Posted by Dr. Paul Grussenmeyer on

Since I always advise that patients are their own "best doctors", and everyone needs to be responsible for themselves, I am often asked how one can help themselves heal after dental or any surgeries and injuries in general.  Here is some concise general information.

Although the temptation is there, do not take anti-inflammatory medications (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, steroids, etc.) or use a biostimulation (cold or therapeutic laser) laser within the first few hours after surgery or an injury causing pain.  Unfortunately, you must temporarily own the pain.  The old saying "no pain, no gain" is dead-on.  Trying to block your pain right away interferes with the inflammatory chemicals which your body sends to the injury site to begin clean-up.  The drugs and therapeutic lasers block these inflammation chemicals, preventing them from doing their jobs.  Blocking them would turn an acute situation into a poorly healing chronic one, like the "Before Photo" above.  So endure the pain for awhile, then apply the anti-inflammatory agents after the first phase of healing is complete.  It took 8 therapeutic laser treatments to heal the massive chronic lesion shown.  We had to fight through all of the bad medications which she was prescribed to do it.

Enhance your healing abilities by supplementing correctly and avoiding harmful things:

1. Vitamin C: 2000 mg 2x/day, helps form bonds between strands of collagen fiber, enhances neutrophil & lymphocyte activity during phase 1 of injury repair, essential for collagen synthesis

2. Vitamin D3 (not D2): 30-35 IU/pound of body weight, studies show better wound healing

3. Vitamin A: 10,000 IU/day (up to 25,000 IU) for at least 2 weeks post treatment, enhances & supports early inflammation during injury, reverses post-injury immune suppression, modulates collagenase to assist collagen synthesis, makes collagen cross-linkage stronger & repairs(healing) quicker

4. B Vitamins: B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6 (pyridoxine) break down proteins into amino acids for collagen production.  For gum (periodontal) disease surgery:

*Studies show significantly higher clinical attachment levels of the gum to the teeth when B-complex supplements were used with periodontal flap surgery. Expect even better results via laser periodontal treatments

5. Magnesium: up to 1000 mg/day, modulates synthesis and degradation of both collagen & elastin, also regulates proteoglycans (allows connective tissue to withstand compressive forces) & glycoproteins (involved in connective tissue healing), best form is Mg L-threonate - especially for brain health, only one which can readily cross the blood-brain barrier.  I buy NEUROMAG.

6. Zinc: 15-30 mg/day, required for over 300 enzymes in your body, plays a role in DNA synthesis, cell division, & protein synthesis - all needed for tissue regeneration & repair

7. Copper: 2-4 mg/day, works with Vitamin C to form elastin & strengthen connective (collagen) tissue

**Important Note: an excess of Cu or Zn creates a deficiency in the other, so stick to the recommendations**

8. Increase protein intake: during treatment/healing period, to provide the necessary amino acids for repair, healing, & synthesis

9. Drink pure water: half of your weight number in ounces is the daily minimum, add 8-24 oz.for moderate to heavy exercise. If you are unfortunate enough to live where there is FLUORIDE in the drinking and bathing water, buy distilled water& add a pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt to each 8 oz. glass.

10. Sea Salt: 1-3 tsp/day, higher amount is for people in poorer health, add to your drinking water & food, never use the commercial processed, pure white salt. Himalayan is best, followed by Celtic sea salt, & take an iodine/iodide supplement (Iodoral 12.5-50mg/day) separately.

11. Vitamin E & Omega 3 Fatty acids slow wound healing so avoid or cut your dosage while in the healing phase.  However you can use them externally on open wounds as they slow healing on the outside, reducing surface scarring as the tissue from the inside out.

12. Fluoride: always bad, in ant form, an enzyme killer.  Studies show decreased collagen and decreased protein biosynthesis caused by fluoride ingestion.  The collagen produced in the presence of ingested fluoride also degrades faster!

13. Statin Drugs (anti-cholesterol): DO NOT TAKE, treat the cause instead.  Their problem is that they do prevent cholesterol formation, which causes heart failure not prevents it as well as a myriad of other life-shortening illnesses like diabetes, hormone problems, osteoporosis, and brain diseases like dementia, Altzheimer's and Parkinson's to name a few .  For our purposes here, statin drugs interfere with the cholesterol needed for cellular repair,