Cavitations - Part I

November, 2003
"I have no mercury in my mouth, my body levels of mercury test low, and I have no root canals, but I am still not feeling well. Dr. Breiner, what do you think is going on?"

When confronted with such a patient, I find the underlying problem is often a cavitation. A cavitation is a hole in the bone, often where a tooth has previously been extracted. Cavitations can occur in any bone in the body, but are most frequently found in the jawbones. The most common site is the wisdom tootharea.

Filled with Toxins

Recognized as far back as the 1800's, jawbone cavitations go by a number of names, such as ischemic osteonecrosis, neuralgia inducing cavitational osteonecrosis (NICO) , osteomeyelitis of the jawbone, jaw ostitis, and others. These lesions characteristically are not painful, tender or inflamed. They are silent, and thus often go undetected. These jawbone lesions are like cesspools; they become filled with toxins and even have been shown to store mercury. If your body can quarantine the toxins, you will be OK, but if they go out into your system, they can cause a myriad of symptoms (more on symptoms next month).


Jawbone cavitations and their bodily effects are discussed in the book, Death in Dentistry, by Dr. Martin Fisher. He presents the research of world renowned doctors, including Frank Billings and E.C. Rosenow. Dr. Billings was head of medicine at Chicago's prestigious Rush Medical College. These medical doctors did years of research on health problems as they relate to the mouth. Recent research by Dr. Boyd Haley, Head of Chemistry at the University of Kentucky, shows the toxins from cavitations to be more more potent than botulinum!

Testing for cavitations

How does one know if they have a cavitation? Well, up until now, it has been very difficult for a practitioner to find a cavitation. MRIs and CAT scans can detect them with varying degrees of success, however these tests are expensive, expose a patient to radiation, and most medical people are not trained to look for jawbone cavitations. Dental x-rays can sometimes show a cavitation, if the dentist knows what to look for. The best way I have found to find a cavitation, is with EAV ( Electro-Acupuncture according to Voll), a painless method of electronically stress testing acupuncture meridians. Extremely accurate, the main downside is that the EAV does not give a visualization of the extent of the lesion, just whether it is there or not.

Luckily, today we have a diagnostic device which can find cavitations, and give us a 3D view of the lesion. The device is called the CAVITAT, and is FDA approved for finding cavitations. It is anultra-sound device, so there is no radiation and it is so accurate, it can detect cavitations that are one millimeter in size.

Inventor's journey to health

The inventor of the CAVITAT is Bob Jones. His debilitating illness, which put this airline pilot and avid skier into a wheelchair, led him on a journey to recover his health. Surgical debridement of his jawbone cavitations were the biggest piece of his recovery, and so he decided to develop an instrument to allow accurate and easy detection of these toxic holes.

Often out of adversity comes something wonderful. 

I feel that by using x-rays, EAV and the CAVITAT, patients are getting the most advanced method of detecting these hidden foci of infections and some idea of their overall effect. 

Next month Part 2 of Cavitations

The information presented is for educational purposes only. You should consult a qualified dentist for diagnosis and treatment. 

(c)2003 Mark A. Breiner, DDS

The information presented is for educational purposes only. You should consult a qualified health practitioner for diagnosis and treatment.

Dental Detective Story - Cavitations
Ann, age 38, was referred to me by her naturopathic physician. Ann suffered from severe acne. At 12 years old, she had four permanent teeth removed as part of orthodontic treatment, and subsequently, her skin broke out. At age 38, she had a root canal done and her skin became worse than ever. 

Her naturopath diagnosed that her underlying problem stemmed from her mouth! Upon examination, I found two areas of jawbone lesions (or cavitations) on areas where teeth had been extracted at age 12, as well as an infection in the area of the root canaled tooth. 

After cleaning up these infections, Anne's skin began to clear. She was happy that her naturopath caught the underlying problem and thanked us both for an acne-free complexion for the first time in 28 years.