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Cavitations - What They Are and How To Treat Them

April, 2010

While I have written about cavitations in the past, this month I want to review this important topic and give an update on my experience in treating them. 

A cavitation is a hole in the bone, often where a tooth has been previously extracted.  Cavitations can occur in any bone in the body, but are most frequently found in the jawbones. The part of the jawbone where these cavitations are most often found is the wisdom tooth area. These cavitation lesions are like cesspools, containing necrotic (dead) bone, bacteria, viruses, fungi and even mercury. 

One of the causes of a cavitation is the lack of proper blood flow to the area; it is, therefore, very important not to use the vasoconstrictor epinephrine in combination with the local anesthetic when doing an extraction or a cavitational surgery. It is also important not to use ice after surgery, as it, too, will impede blood flow.

What are the health conditions that may be associated with cavitations?
Because cavitations and root canals are both very toxic, they have many similarities. Some of the conditions that have been associated with cavitations and root canals: Anemia, angina, appendicitis, arteriosclerosis, arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, colitis, cystitis, diabetes, eczema, endocarditis, epilepsy, gall bladder problems, gout, heart disease, hypertension, hyperthyroid, iritis, migraine, nephritis, neuralgia, neuritis, sinus infection, tachycardia, tonsillitis, varicose veins, and trigeminal neuralgia. 

How do I know if I have a cavitation?
Sometimes a cavitation can be seen on an X-ray, especially if one knows what to look for. There is also an ultrasound device called the Cavitat that detects cavitations and helps in determining their size. I personally have found that the best method for detecting a cavitation is with EAV (Electrodermal screening, see our video demonstration). Because most people do have one or more cavitations, the essential question becomes, "Is the cavitation having a negative health impact upon that person?" I find that EAV testing provides this information; it not only identifies the location of the cavitation, but also provides information regarding the specific impact of that cavitation on the patient's health.

How are cavitations treated?
Most holistic dentists treat cavitations by surgically exposing them and then cleaning out the dead bone. Over the years, I have found cavitational surgery to be unnecessary in a very high percentage of cases by using the whole-body approach. Even after that surgery has been completed, it is imperative to treat the whole person, because there is no way to remove all the dead bone. 

A cavitation is like a mine shaft with a central chamber and then a series of tunnels which go off in all directions. I feel it is impossible to surgically eradicate all the offshoots of the main lesion. Not treating the whole patient, in light of the fact that one cannot eliminate every last "offshoot" of the cavitation surgically, often results in failure. I have seen a number of patients who have had more than one cavitational surgery and still did not resolve their problems. This does not mean the surgeon did anything wrong, rather it is the failure of the body to heal properly. This is why it is so essential to treat the whole person.

My whole-body approach to treating cavitations.
In my initial exam, I do not check for cavitations; if I do, I almost always will find at least one. This first exam includes an EAV evaluation. During this EAV evaluation, I check for mesenchyme blockage (see past newsletter Caution on Mercury Removal - The Mesenchyme) and for the presence of major stressors like toxins, bacteria, viruses, mold, etc. These and other obvious impediments to health will be cleared up over a period of time using various combination-homeopathic remedies. Often, a general constitutional homeopathic remedy will also be given. Once all of the stressors have been removed, and not before then, I check for cavitations.

If I detect a cavitation I will then test it with EAV and identify the specific homeopathics appropriate for treating the area. Often I will inject the cavitation with ozone gas (see ozone newsletters The Power of Ozone Ozone in Dentistry Part II). I might also inject into the lymph chain. Some patients have been referred to my son, Dr. Adam Breiner, to have laser treatment of the area (See Past Newsletter on A Look at Hot & Cold Lasers) or, on occasion, to also receive hyperbaric oxygen therapy. With these methods of treating cavitations, I find that cavitational problems will be resolved more completely.

Patient Story 
Having completed removal of toxic chemicals, pesticides, metals, viruses, and molds, I now had Nancy return to our office to see which of her symptoms remained and to check for cavitations. Nancy said all her original symptoms had dramatically improved. Her only lingering problem was pain in her left arm and sometimes pain in her left leg. Checking with EAV, I found a cavitation in her lower left jaw. As I injected the cavitation with ozone, Nancy could feel the gas travel throughout her left jaw and down her neck into her left arm and leg! Treatment with the appropriate homeopathics, as determined with EAV, as well as several injections of ozone into the cavitational area, led to the resolution of her problem. Two years later, Nancy is still doing well.

© 2010, Mark A. Breiner, DDS

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