In the previous post I was writing about the root canals and health hazards that might cause. I would love to share with you the preparation protocol before going under tooth extraction or dental implant insertion. The protocol will help you to prepare yourself for proper bone healing or osseointegration of dental implant.
Why is this important? It can happen that your body does not have enough proper nutrients to properly form a bone after tooth extraction or properly osseointegrate dental implant which can lead to interference field and disturbances in energy flow over meridian pathways over time. Metal ions and toxins from teeth that have undergone root canal procedure dock onto cell membranes, thereby paving the way for body to react. Many enzyme reactions are also negatively influenced by metal ions and toxins. To enable better healing, integration and restoration of the new bone below listed supplements & protocol can help you prepare for the dental surgery.
One to three weeks before the operation, drop all detrimental nutritional influences. This means eliminate coffee, alcohol, tobacco, all sugars, gluten, and products made with cow‘s milk. Spring water, vegetables, salads, healthy fats, lots of sun, quality sleep, any mindful breathing techniques and simple exercise outside can help to bring positive effect. In fact, do such things not only before dental surgery, make it your lifestyle whenever possible or as much as possible for you.
Supplements 1-3 week before procedure
More than 75% of Americans and around 70% population in Europe is deficient in vitamin D3 (depending on the limits studies took). The two main ways to get vitamin D are by exposing your bare skin to sunlight and by taking vitamin D supplements. You can’t get the right amount of vitamin D your body needs from food. Sunlight (UVB rays) on bare-skin is needed and also the most effective. When UVB rays hit the surface of your skin, your skin will then convert a precursor called 7-dehydro-cholesterol in our skin to vitamin D3.
However, the produced vitamin D3 does not immediately enter into your bloodstream. It may take up to 48 hours before the vitamin D3 penetrates into your bloodstream. So, whenever you are using shower immediately after sun exposure you potentially reduce the benefits by washing away the vitamin D3 formed by your skin.
If you live in an area where not much sun is present or you are indoor most of the time supplementing with vitamin D3 (together with magnesium, vitamin K2 to properly utilize D3) is a good option.
It's important to have your blood levels of vitamin D tested before and during supplementation. Optimal values for vitamin D3 levels in the blood varies from research to research. Some recommend 50-70 ng/ml while others only above 35ng/ml. Bone mineral density peaks at 45 ng/ml as one research study showed. Keeping values around 50ng/ml for bone restoration purposes is optimal enough at this point while research continues.
When it comes to timing and when to take vitamin D in form of supplement, you can take it in the morning. There are some anecdotal reports that taking vitamin D in the evening can disturb sleep, which is also my experience. Vitamin D3 taken in the morning can help you fall asleep easier in the evening and have a deep restorative sleep. Having adequate levels of vitamin D can help you control inflammation, assist you with poor mood and regulate the overall system.
Dosage: Start with around 5000 UI of D3 per day and adjust accordingly with your lab test results (optimal 45nm/g for bone forming).
Vitamin K is one of the four fat-soluble vitamins, along with vitamin A, D, and E. There are three types of vitamin K - K1, K2 and K3 which is synthetic.
K1 - is found naturally in plants, especially dark green vegetables. K1 goes directly to your liver and helps you maintain healthy blood clotting.
K2 - is made by the bacteria that line your gastrointestinal tract - it's a result of bacterial fermentation. Vitamin K2 can be found in Natto and some fermented products and organ meats. K2 goes straight to your blood vessel walls, bones, and tissues other than your liver. It plays a role in removing calcium from areas where it shouldn't be, such as in your arteries and soft tissues.
K2 includes a family of 13 molecules called menaquinones (MKs), and of these, MK-4 and MK-7 are the most significant.
Vitamin K is often supplemented alongside with vitamin D since vitamin D also supports bone health. In fact, taking both together will improve the effects of each, since they are known to work synergistically. K2 helps to utilize vitamin D3 and protects from toxicity if you overuse supplemented vitamin D3.
Dosage: 1-2 capsules of vitamin K.
A lot was written about this vitamin. Besides its anti-oxidative properties acts in fact as a stimulant. The body is healing itself with inflammation and swelling of the tissues - parasympathetic nervous system is active. Vitamin C stimulate the sympathetic nervous system which reduces the intensity of the healing symptoms. Vitamin C’s structure allows it to act on neurology and depression, as well as interact with the pancreas and modulate cortisol.
Dosage: 2 capsules of vitamin C together with food.
Zinc is one of the 24 micronutrients needed for survival. It is found in meat, egg, and legume products. Oysters are particularly good sources of zinc. Zinc is lost through sweat, making supplementation very important for athletes that don’t get a lot of zinc through food. It is suggested that zinc can increase the osteogenic effect by increasing cell proliferation and collagen synthesis during the proliferation phase in osteoblastic cells. Therefore, zinc can increase bone formation through increasing osteoblast cell growth.
Dosage: 2-3 capsules with food.
Magnesium can be used to attenuate a magnesium deficiency, except magnesium L-threonate since it contains less elemental magnesium per dose. Gastrointestinal side-effects, like diarrhea and bloating, are more common when magnesium oxide or magnesium chloride are supplemented, due to the lower absorption rates of these two forms. In general, magnesium citrate is a good choice for supplementation.
An increase in bone mineral density has been noted with magnesium supplementation.
Dosage: 2-3 table spoons of magnesium citrate.
Day of operation
Continue with supplements as before the operation. Additionaly you can add:
Bromelain, also called ‘pineapple extract,’ is a mixture of proteolytic enzymes -- digestive proteins -- that are located in the center of pineapples. This enzyme is able to be digested and thus affect the blood and body, rather than just the stomach and intestines.
When Bromelain is in the stomach, it will help the body break down and digest protein. University of Maryland Medical Center indicates bromelain is particularly effective in treating inflammation caused by injuries. Bromelain can help to reduce pain, swelling and bruising along with improve healing time following injuries along with surgeries. Bromelain’s is know for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Dosage: 5-6 capsules between meals
Omega 3 fish oil
Years ago I was heavily depleted of all macro & micronutrients because of celiac, high-quality fish oil definitely helped me to reduce the systemic inflammation and brought my brain back online.
There are three common types of omega 3 fatty acids: EPA, DHA, and ALA. EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are both are long chain omega 3 fatty acids, and both come from animal sources. DHA keeps your nervous system functioning and provides anti-inflammatory benefits. ALA (alpha-linoleic acid) omega 3 fatty acids found flax seed, chia seed and hemp protein is not sufficient to supplement on its own. ALA has to be converted by the body into DHA to be usable, but this conversion is poor. Omega 3 supplements in the form of EPA and DHA are what the body tends to use for many of the benefits associated.
While omega 3 fatty acids can be best obtained from cold-water fatty fish or shellfish each week you can also supplement with high-vitamin cod liver oil. Not all fish oils are created alike. Several popular products on the market are rancid and or produced with inferior ingredients and you just don't want to support that. Some people prefer to use krill oil since it contains EPA and DHA in the form of phospholipids form. Because of that is easier for the body to use and absorb since the majority of every cell membrane in the body is made of phospholipids.
Dosage: 2 capsules with food or one teaspoon per day.
Note: It is perfectly fine if you don't take any supplements. Above protocol is to assist your body to have enough nutrients, stimulating better healing and/or integration of dental implants. How do you prepare before the dental procedure? Leave a comment below.