We know that cavities and periodontal disease may affect our systemic health. It has come to light that dental cavitations are a little known cause of disease and an obstacle to healing.
A cavitation is a hole in the jawbone – the upper maxilla or lower mandible. Cavitations are often the result of poor blood flow in the bone marrow, or a traumatic bone cyst.
Cavitations commonly occur after a tooth is pulled.
The standard of care, when extracting a tooth, is to leave the surrounding periodontal membrane behind. It was thought that the body will eventually fill in the jaw bone with new bone.
However, when the membrane is left, it can leave a hole or spongy areas in the jaw bone.
The area in the jawbone has a poor blood supply and often the tissue in the bone has become dead.
The jawbone is the most common bone for a cavitation to occur, but it can develop in other bones such as the hip. The hip has a sluggish blood supply and when there is trauma, a cavitation can occur. It is usually called osteonecrosis when it occurs in the hip or leg.
A cavitation can present as a neuraglia, such as trigeminal neuralgia (or any facial neuralgia), which is extremely painful. When it produces pain, it has recently become known as NICO – Neuralgia Inducing Osteonecrosis lesions.
However, most cavitations are not painful and just like many diseases which are not painful (like cancer or diabetes), a person may have it and not know it.
The main concern is that the cavitations – the holes in the jawbone – are areas of dead bone tissue and are filled with anaerobic bacteria which produce toxins.
Systemic health could be impacted by the toxins leaking from these cavitations and they may also play an important role in a localized disease process. A localized disease process can negatively affects the blood supply in the jawbone.
The array of bacteria that inhabit cavitations produce toxins which are the most potent toxins on earth.
Cavitations are most often found where wisdom teeth have been removed.
When a wisdom tooth is extracted, if the surrounding soft tissues, like the membrane, ligaments, unhealthy bone tissue and/or diseased tissue is not removed, this becomes a fertile ground for pathological bacterial biofilms.
Many people handle the resulting bacterial toxicities well, but a subset of the population suffer from the effects of the toxins.
In fact, research conducted by Dr. Boyd Haley (former Chairman, Department of Chemistry, University of Kentucky) shows that all the cavitation tissue samples, which he tested, contained toxins.
These toxins were found to significantly inhibit one or more of five enzymes that are critical to the energy production cycle (ATP) of the cell.
Cavitations can block energy or chi along the meridian to which the tooth belongs. This can cause systemic effects and can increase stress on the body.
Research indicates that the jawbone – and especially the sites of removed wisdom teeth – may be a receptacle for chemicals and heavy metals. There are also indications that when these heavy metals such as mercury, combine with the bacterial toxins, more potent toxins may be formed.
Clinically, we know that some patients cannot successfully detoxify mercury from the body until after cavitations, as well as amalgam fillings containing mercury are removed (amalgams must be properly removed).
The potent bacterial toxins challenge the immune system and may cause a systemic health issue from heart disease to MS to cancer – it could generate a disease process in any tissue in the body.
However, when cavitations are properly cleaned out, the body can heal itself and many health issues can resolve.
Many dentists are not trained in how to identify cavitations, but they can be prevented if following a strict protocol when extracting teeth.
They can be seen 50% of the time on routine dental x-rays.
A new tool called a cone beam scan (cat scan) can be used to identify cavitations. It is an extremely expensive piece of equipment so most dentists don’t have it – but you can be sent out for it.
Another method for visualization is called a Cavitat (invented by Bob Jones). This is an ultrasound machine made especially for use in visualizing cavitations. There has been some controversy surrounding the use of this instrument and the existence of cavitations in general.
In my opinion, this denial is like the established medical community denying that vaccines can cause serious side effects like autism in some children – or the dental community denying that mercury amalgams are dangerous. They just don’t want to fact the music.
If the cavitation is visible on the plain film x-ray then a cone beam scan is not necessary.
The patient’s history of what happened when they had a tooth removed may also be used to help identify a cavitation.
If there was a dry socket (very painful) it is almost 100% diagnostic for a cavitation in the tissue of that extracted tooth. This means that there is a community of dangerous bacteria living in the jaw bone of a patient who has experienced a dry socket after removal of a tooth.
The most obvious risk factor is trauma to the underlying tooth or the jaw bone, as can occur with an extraction.
Others factors include:
The best way to prevent a cavitation when having an extraction, is to have the tooth bleed robustly and then form a good blood clot.
Epinephrine is used during tooth extraction in order to reduce bleeding, but this can be the cause of the cavitation forming.
There are many products used by dentists during tooth extraction that are not only Novocaine or its derivatives – but also contain epinephrine, because this helps the area not bleed as much. But in doing so, this can put the patient at risk for a cavitation.
The treatment for dental cavitation is to surgically debrid the area of the cavitation. Lazers and ozone gas may also be used.
According to Dr. Stuart Nunnally, the treatment is to surgically open the area and clean with ozonated water, inject around the area with ozone to reduce bacteria and bring in circulation.
The treatment also involves using the patients own platelets to pack the area, in order to form a good clot.
This is known as Platelet Rich Fibrin Technique, which started in France in 2004. More dentist are starting to use platelets to help the clot form. Platelets also attract all the other ingredients needed from the blood supply to heal.
The platelets are taken from the patient – they are spun down and the platelets are collected and used.
Dr. Nunnally recommends high doses of vitamin C to prevent infection and for healing the gums.
He advises patients not to travel for a few days after surgery and acupressure will also help healing.
Those who are smokers will have more difficulty healing.
Cavitations may recur.
Studies showed that 40% had a recurrence, but Dr. Nunnally’s protocol affords him very high rates of non-recurrence.
Sadly, this is not an accepted protocol by medical doctors or dentists and/or their associations. They do not typically extract teeth with attention to totally cleaning out the socket of the apical ligament and other tissue.
In medicine, any other tissue in the body that is necrotic would be removed. But, as we see with root canals, in the mouth, dead tissue is left in the body and the issues they generate are not addressed by the health officials.
Having a dental cavitation treated correctly can remove a major interference in your body to healing. If you have a major health issue, this may be an option that can help you.
Source: Online interview with Dr. Stuart Nunnally DDS