Teeth Are Fun: It’s Great To See A Big Smile!


Healthy teeth show off the healthy, vibrant person inside you – while ugly, damaged or rotting teeth can send the wrong message entirely. Let us help you get your mouth and life in order so you make a great first impression and keep on impressing. It starts with a free oral health consultation by calling Brighton Dental in San Diego at (619) 359-6569.

Teeth Are Fun: It’s Not Just A Cliché, You Know!


We practice holistic dentistry at Brighton Dental in San Diego – meaning we consider you a whole person, not just a mouth and a wallet — and we’ve seen again and again that healthy teeth are indeed a sign of a healthy life, and vice versa. Do whatever you can to get your teeth and life healthy for the best version of you possible, starting with a free oral health consultation by calling (619) 359-6569.

Teeth Are Fun: Brighter Teeth Could Mean A Better Life


We don’t want to overstate the case, but ugly, dull teeth can seriously cost you relationships and jobs. Even the playing field by getting your teeth whitened and correcting other distracting things about your appearance. And smile! People like smiles. For your free oral health consultation to discuss teeth whitening, call Brighton Dental San Diego at (619) 359-6569.

Teeth Are Fun: Let Us Do The Work…


We’ll remind you when it’s time for a dental appointment by phone, email or text. Let us do the work of keeping up with your appointment schedule, and you can focus on daily oral health tasks – and the rest of your obligations in life, of course. If you aren’t already on the books with us, call Brighton Dental San Diego at (619) 359-6569 for a free oral health consultation.

History And Overview Of Cavitations

madibular cavitation deteriorationOrigin of the Term ‘Cavitation’

In the recent past the term “cavitation” is used to define a condition where jawbones have holes that are either empty or full of dead bone. In 1930, an orthopedic researcher defined it as a condition where a shortage in blood flow into an area created a hole in the bone.

Dr. G.V. Black, (the “Father of Cavitation Surgery”), described cavitation as a continuous “death of bone” whereby bone cells are destroyed, softening the bone or hollowing out parts of it. Interestingly, this cavitation process did not display any of the common symptoms associated with dental infections such as redness in the gingiva, fever, inflammation, or pus. In his research, Dr. Black discovered that the condition could be treated by removing all the softened bone until good one forms.

How the Term “Cavitation” is Used Today

Today, the term cavitation is used to refer to the various types of jawbone lesions that are dead, lacking oxygen, infected, toxic, as well as those that seem like empty holes. These cavitations are located in old extraction sites, near or under the roots of wisdom teeth, canal teeth, and dead teeth, and often become a focal point for toxins which can contribute to various medical conditions.

Recent Studies

In a recent study by Dr. Boyd Haley, cavitation tissue samples were found to contain toxins (mainly metabolic waste products) which hinder body enzymes that help in energy production. The toxins contribute to the localized disease process that affects the blood supply in the jawbone.

Bob Jones, the inventor of Cavitat, scanned thousands of wisdom teeth sites and found cavitations of different sizes and severity in about 94% of them. He also scanned root canal teeth and found cavitations under or near all of them. Another research found that 45% of all jawbone cavitations are located in the wisdom teeth sites. The wisdom teeth contain small terminal vessels, which are associated with osteonecrosis; the reason why they are particularly predisposed. In addition, injections for dental procedures are usually administered near these areas.

Neuralgia-inducing Cavitational Osteonecrosis (NICO) Lesions

NICO is a condition whereby supposed cavitation leads to chronic facial neuralgia. A person suffers pains mainly in the face or head due to the cavitations. However, research shows that the percentage of people with cavitations who experience that pain is quite small.

Factors Associated with Cavitational Lesions

Various factors can cause cavitations, and a combination of these factors determines the occurrence, size, type, growth patterns, and progression of the cavitation.

Initiating Factors

The main initiating factors are related to bacterial, physical and toxic traumas. Initiating factors related to bacteria trauma include cyst, infected wisdom teeth, root canal toxins, periodontal disease, and abscesses.

Initiating factors related to physical trauma include tooth extractions, root canal procedures, dental injections, periodontal surgery, overheat from high-speed drilling, grinding and clenching, electrical trauma, and incomplete removal off periodontal restorations.

Initiating factors related to toxic trauma include root canal toxins, dental materials, chemical toxins, and anesthetics with vasoconstrictors.

Risk/Predisposing Factors

Risk factors include:

  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Age
  • Atmospheric pressure changes
  • Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome
  • Osteoporosis
  • Radiation
  • Gaucher’s disease
  • Hemodialysis
  • Gout
  • Physical inactivity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Radiation or chemotherapy
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Homocysteinemia
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Thyroid
  • Sickle-cell anemia
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus

Cavitation Treatment

To treat cavitation lesions, the dead bone must be removed. Therefore, the patient must undergo surgery as there is no other way to remove the necrotic tissue. Failure to remove the tissue causes the necrosis to extend to other areas, damaging the jawbone and blood cells. But when the tissue is removed, new bone cells can regenerate to fill the cavitations.

How to Prevent Cavitations

It’s possible to prevent cavitations, and this mainly involves eliminating the initiating and predisposing factors. Though new ways of preventing and treating cavitations are coming up, there remains a lot of unanswered questions hence more research regarding the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the condition is required.

For your free consultation with Dr. Paige Woods about cavitation treatment, call 619-359-6569

Teeth Are Fun: If It’s Burning, It’s Hurting! Just Stop!


When it comes to mouthwash, you don’t have to feel the burn – because mouth rinses that contain stinging alcohol can dry your mouth, making it more likely to be damaged by bacteria. Instead, use a safe, effective and much-more-pleasant alcohol-free mouthwash. For a free oral health consultation to see what else you should be doing to maintain oral health, call Brighton Dental in San Diego at (619) 359-6569.

Teeth Are Fun: Save Time And Look Great With Same-Day Crowns


CEREC same-day dental crowns are made in the dental office, not in a lab. So you get a perfectly fitting, great-looking and ultra-strong crown that can last for years in a single dental visit, not 2 visits like with most crowns. Get CEREC crowns from Dr. Paige Woods at San Diego’s Brighton Dental. Or call for a free oral health consultation at (619) 359-6569.

Teeth Are Fun: Keep Yours By Wearing A Mouth Guard When Playing Sports


The best mouth guards are custom-made by your dentist to precisely protect your teeth, but a store-bought mouth guard is a lot better than nothing at all. If something happens to a tooth while playing sports and you have other facial trauma too, call 911 or visit an urgent care facility. For an oral health consultation on a less urgent basis, call Brighton Dental in San Diego at (619) 359-6569.

Teeth Are Fun: Your Teeth Are Unique To You, So Try To Keep Them


There’s no other set of teeth just like yours, so what you have is a mouthful of one-of-a-kind treasures. Do everything you can to keep them – and keep them healthy – by brushing, flossing and seeing a great dentist. For a free dental and oral health consultation with Dr. Paige Woods, call Brighton Dental in San Diego at (619) 359-6569.

Teeth Are Fun: Team Up With Your Dentist, And Recruit Floss And A Toothbrush Too!


A toothbrush and dental floss play well together for keeping your teeth clean and healthy, and you and your dentist make a great team too. If you can handle a few easy daily tasks, the dentist will clean up after you and handle problem-solving twice a year. Smart, right? Dr. Paige Woods is on your side and is available for a free oral health consultation. Schedule it by calling (619) 359-6569.