What Are Dental Cavitations?

What are dental cavitations

If the area where a tooth is removed doesn’t heal properly, a hole persists in the bone.

This hole is called a cavity, and it contains dead or dying bone and microbial infections.

In this chapter, we discuss

  • Where dental cavitations come from
  • And the best way to treat them
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Why Bony Cavitations Are a Problem

Dental cavitations are found in areas where the teeth have been removed, usually in the wisdom tooth area.

In a large majority of cavitation cases,  people have one or more areas where a wisdom tooth has been removed, and an unhealed cavity in the bone has replaced it.

These dental cavitations block the blood supply to the bone, which leads to further bone decay and a larger area of cavitation.

Any dental cavitation, no matter how “hidden”, can be found on a dental-specific Cone Beam CT scan.

Do keep in mind that only certain dentists are able to read the CT scan and look for areas of decreased bone density. If you’re interested in a screening, make sure it’s with a dentist who meets these qualifications.

These toxic sinkholes formed by the cavitation contain microbes that impair your energy production.

That’s right, something going on beneath your tooth could be the reason you feel like you need a double espresso just to get out of bed!

These toxic microbes can slow you down, leading to fatigue, brain fog, and other energy-related problems. In fact, dental cavitations have been thought to be linked to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

The difficulty with these symptoms, however, is that they may manifest themselves quickly or over years. This has a lot to do with immune system strength. This is why many cavitations go unnoticed and people become accustomed to living their lives chronically fatigued, without ever knowing the reason why. 

There is current research in Germany also showing a correlation between these bone cavitations and other serious systemic diseases like:

  • Cancer 
  • Autoimmune disease 
  • Inflammatory disease, including heart disease and arthritis 
  • and brain and nerve problems

How to treat cavitations

The truth is that there are few dentists who know how to diagnose bony cavitations properly – and even fewer who know how to treat them!

You want to make sure dental cavitations are dealt with correctly, so it’s highly recommended that you choose a dentist with significant experience removing the dead bone and disinfecting the site, as well as stimulating the area to heal and grow new bone. 

This is a very specialized surgery that needs to be done with care, caution, and precision.

Stacy's Story

Stacey was sick and didn’t know why. She was in her early 30s and had to quit a career she loved and move back in with her parents. She spent most of her days in bed, waking up late and lacking the energy to even get out of bed.

She gained unexplained weight, had chronic energy issues, and her mother was afraid Stacey might not make it through these challenges.

They had been to so many doctors, tried so many things, and nothing had made a significant improvement in her health or her energy. She was eventually referred to my office to see if she might have bony cavitations.

On a Cone Beam CT scan, we found areas of cavitated bone in all of her wisdom tooth removal sites. She also had an infected root canal tooth.

In just one surgical appointment, all of the cavitation areas were opened up, cleaned, and sterilized. Then a stem cell-containing product from her own blood was placed into the areas to encourage growth and nourishment. The root canal tooth was also removed and an immediate ceramic implant was placed.

She reported feeling more like herself the same afternoon of the surgery, and the next day her mother found her doing dishes, rather than just in bed like she’d been the last several years.

Stacey started walking and is now traveling eight miles on foot each day. She just left on a long-awaited trip to China that she never thought she would be able to take. It turns out that discovering she had dental cavitations, and finding an expert who could treat them correctly, saved her life.


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  • A Cone Beam CT scan to identify problems related to old root canals, extraction sites, or failed tooth fillings.
  • Oral x-rays and photos, blood pressure readings, comprehensive gum exam, 40-point intraoral exam, and health-based screenings.
  • Screenings for problems related to infection, toxic metals, airway problems and/or sleep issues.
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