The term, "cavitations," is a relatively new one in the dental dialogue. Most patients have not heard of cavitations, and most dentists probably do not yet know much about them.
What is a Cavitation?
A cavitation is a hole in the bone, usually where a tooth has been removed, and the bone has not filled in properly. It is an area of osteonecrosis (dead bone). When a tooth is extracted, in a normal dental procedure, the surrounding periodontal membrane is usually left behind. After a tooth has been pulled, the body eventually fills in the space in the bone where the tooth once was. But when the membrane is left behind, an incomplete healing can take place; a hole or a spongy place remains inside the jaw bone. Experts speculate that this incomplete healing occurs because the bone cells on both sides of the extraction site sense the presence of the periodontal membrane and "think" that the tooth is still there.
A cavitation can form in any bone in the body, not just in the jaw bones. There are other reasons for the formation of cavitations. These reasons may include, among others, localized traumas, poor circulation to the area, clotting disorders, and the use of steroids.
The membrane left behind after an extraction can form an image that appears to be a shadow of a tooth when an X-ray is taken of that site. Almost always, this image is indicative of a cavitation. Most dentists are aware of this phantom tooth image, but they do not recognize it as a site of potential problems.
What’s hiding inside?
Inside a cavitation, bacteria flourish and deviant cells multiply. Cavitations act as a breeding ground for bacteria and their toxins. Research has shown these bacterial waste products to be extremely potent and result in osteonecrosis. Cavitations can also cause blockages on the body's energy meridians and can exert far-reaching impact on the overall system. Investigation has revealed that some cavitations are reservoirs of huge amounts of mercury. Cavitations may be a source of low level or high level stress on the entire body.
Diagnosing cavitations is an elusive process because cavitations do not always readily appear on X-rays. Sometimes they show up only as very subtle differentiations in the texture pattern of the bone. If your dentist is not specifically looking for the cavitations, then your X-ray will be read as looking "just fine".
There are other ways to discover cavitation sites. For example, when the area with a suspected cavitation is lightly stroked or when pressure is applied the patient will sometimes feel pain. I find the EAV instrument is extremely effective in helping find cavitation sites; however, it is not recognized as a diagnostic device. The patient must assimilate all the available evidence and decide how he or she wants to proceed with treatment.
I usually recommend two different approaches to my patients with cavitations. First is a procedure where special homeopathic medications are injected into the cavitation site, followed by the treatment of the area with a modified form of low level laser light. In addition, injection of ozone gas into the cavitation will kill any bacteria, viruses and yeast that are present. Cavitations branch out like tunnels from the main area of infection, and a big advantage of using ozone gas is that the gas follows the injection! If this method is not successful, the alternative is to surgically open the area, remove the remaining ligament, and clean the resultant debris from the bone. Every biopsy of bone material I have collected from cavitation surgeries has shown osteonecrosis, or dead bone material.
Specialists have recognized cavitations as a possible cause of chronic facial pain and termed them "NICO" (Neuralgia Inducing Cavitational Osteonecrosis). Often this is the overlooked factor in trigeminal neuralgia, as well as other kinds of facial pain.
While it is good that the impact of cavitations on facial pain is finally being considered, the far-reaching bodily impact of cavitations is still vastly underappreciated. Cavitations on major meridians can cause serious health problems. I prefer to call cavitations "SICO", or Sickness Inducing Cavitational Osteonecrosis, which better indicates the power a cavitation can have over the general health of the patient. Analysis of cavitational samples by researchers at the University of Kentucky have thus far found every one of them to contain biologically toxic material.