The term cavitation refers to a condition where bone lesions appear as empty holes or holes with dead bone. When a tooth is removed, and the dentist fails to fill in properly, it leaves a hole in the bone, which is what’s known as cavitation. Cavitations do not often manifest the common symptoms associated with dental infections. However, those that cause pain are now known as Neuralgia Inducing Osteonecrosis (NICO).
What Causes Cavitations?
Cavitations can occur as a result of any of the following:
- Poor blood flow in the bone marrow
- Ischemic osteonecrosis
- Traumatic bone cyst
- Clotting disorders
- Localized traumas
- Steroid use
Identifying Cavitational Areas
One way of identifying cavitation lesions is by taking an x-ray of the extracted site. If the membrane forms an image which looks like a tooth’s shadow, then it means there’s a cavitation. Other ways to spot cavitational areas include:
- Local anesthesia
- Sonic imaging (CAVITAT)
- Computer Electro Dermal System
- Spect Scan, pressure to determine trigger points
What’s Inside a Cavitation?
Cavitations usually harbor bacteria and toxins which can be very potent. In addition, the dead bone can block the body’s energy meridians. Research has also shown that some cavitations can harbor vast amounts of mercury as well as other toxic substances.
Effects of Cavitations
In a research study conducted by Dr. Boyd Haley, all the cavitation tissue samples tested were found to contain toxins that hamper one or more of the body enzyme systems that aid in energy production. The toxins may have systemic effects and contribute to localized disease processes which affect the supply of blood to the jawbone. When these toxins combine with heavy metals such as mercury, they may form highly potent toxins which can cause adverse local and systemic effects.
Cavitation Incidence Levels
Several research studies have shown that cavitations are a common occurrence. In a study involving 112 dental patients, 75% of all extraction sites were found to have cavitations. Below are the results indicating the extracted teeth and the percentage found to have cavitations.
- Wisdom teeth (third molars) – 88%
- Second molars – 70%
- First molars – 82%
- Maxillary non-molars – 58%
- Mandibular non-molars – 45%
In yet another study, Ben Jones (inventor of CAVITAT) tested thousands of wisdom teeth sites and found that 94% of them had cavitations. He also scanned root canal teeth and found cavitations under or near 90% of them.
Relationship Between Root Canals and Cavitations
Almost all root canals cause residual infection. This is because the materials (gutta percha) used in root canals often shrinks allowing bacteria to penetrate. This can cause apical periodontal disease or a periapical cyst. The toxins produced by these bacteria can lead to systemic diseases of the uterus, kidney, heart, nervous, endocrine, and immune systems.
Dr. Paige Woods DDS, and others recommend two primary ways of treating cavitations. The first method involves injecting special homeopathic medications into the cavitation site. This is followed by the application of a low-level laser light therapy to the area. Ozone therapy has also treated cavitations successfully.
The second method involves surgically opening the site to clean the remaining ligament from the bone. According to experts, delaying the treatment of cavitations can cause more infections. Cavitation sites that have been treated can still be re-infected or accumulate other toxins thus require to be treated again. Therefore, the procedure requires a qualified and experienced biological dentist and strict adherence to the proper procedures.
Cavitation-Related Health Conditions
Cavitation lesions can harbor various infections which may spread to other areas of the body and cause systemic effects. Research has shown that the bacteria may contribute to various heart, kidney, liver, and immune problems.
Some researchers from New York University discovered that certain bacteria play a role in causing preterm delivery, and another study in the Journal of Periodontology found that some bacteria can cause low birth weight.
In another dental research, Dr. Weston Price found that root canals harbor bacteria that produce toxins that can cause serious health conditions such as cardiovascular conditions, neurological conditions, cancer, kidney conditions, and arthritis. More research by other dental researchers and personal experiences by dentists support the findings.
For a free consultation with Dr. Woods about cavitation treatment, call 619-359-6569