What Are Dental Cavitations?
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What are Dental Cavitations?
That is a question so many of you have been asking us recently, so Dr. Michelle put together a comprehensive blog to teach you exactly what you need to know!
Let’s get to it…
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 dental cavitation, and is a hollow, dead space in the jawbone with dead or dying bone marrow.1 This space also contains oily cysts and microbial infections.
So, now I want to teach you:
- How cavitations form
- Why they are a problem
- And how to treat them
Why Dental Cavitations Are a Problem:
Dental cavitations are found in areas where the teeth have been removed, and the most often removed tooth is the wisdom tooth or third molar.
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 is still there.
What’s in this hole?
Current research is showing much more than we ever knew, and the health implications are large.
These cavitations areas have been linked to the immune system and chronic illnesses.
Cleaning out jawbone cavitations and the immune messengers that live in them may be a key to reversing inflammatory disease. 1,7
These areas of unhealed jaw bone act as hyperactive signals to the immune system – stirring it up so it’s unable to handle normal immune insults. This is an often “unknown source of “silent inflammation”.2
Thankfully, they can be detected, no matter how “hidden”, on a dental-specific Cone Beam CT scan. It shows up as an area of decreased bone density.
Do keep in mind that only certain dentists are able to read the CT scan and look for these areas of decreased bone density.
All of the dentists at Total Care Dental and Wellness have been trained to read these CT scans.
How Can Dental Cavitations Impact Health?
In a 2021 study, researchers found that in seven different chronic immune diseases, every was “influenced or propelled” by immune signals in these jawbone cavitation areas.6
These toxic sinkholes formed by the cavitation contain microbes that impair your energy production.
What are these microbes?
We have found bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites from these areas with a biopsy during surgery.
This chronic, low grade infection wears you down until you no longer feel like you.
That’s right, something going on in your jawbone 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 and many other serious diseases.
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.
That’s 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 the US and other countries showing a correlation between these jawbone cavitations and other serious systemic diseases like:
- Cancer- especially Breast cancer 3
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 4
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS) 5
- Autoimmune disease
- Inflammatory disease, including heart disease and arthritis
- And brain and nerve problems
How to Treat Cavitations:
Now that you have answered the question “What are dental cavitations?”, it is time to teach you how we treat them.
The truth is that there are few dentists who know how to diagnose dental cavitations properly – and even fewer who know how to treat them!
The surgeons at Total Care Dental and Wellness trained with world renowned experts in Switzerland at Swiss Biohealth on the correct way to treat and heal these areas.
Why does this matter?
A study in the International Journal of General Medicine found that, “Surgical debridement of jawbone cavitations is reported to lead to an improvement in immunological complaints, such as rheumatic, allergic, and other inflammatory diseases.”1
You want to make sure dental cavitations are dealt with correctly to get your health back!
You want someone 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.
So, what are the necessary steps to perform proper surgery?
- Complete cleaning of the site surgically. This takes patience and a careful, meticulous surgeon.
- Disinfecting the area with dental ozone
- Placing PRF (Platelet Rich Fibrin from your own blood) in the area to stimulate and give the bone something to grow to.
- Careful use of anesthetics and postoperative herbal and homeopathic treatments.
If you have been suffering with chronic health problems, have tried many things and can’t seem to make improvements, it’s very likely you have one or more dental cavitations that are infected and need to be treated.
Call for a CT scan and Comprehensive evaluation to see if this could be the answer you’ve been looking for!
See you soon!
-Dr. Michelle Jorgensen
Stacy's Cavitation 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 (PRF) 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.
- Lechner J, von Baehr V. RANTES and fibroblast growth factor 2 in jawbone cavitations: triggers for systemic disease?. Int J Gen Med. 2013;6:277-290. Published 2013 Apr 22. doi:10.2147/IJGM.S43852
- Lechner J, von Baehr V. Chemokine RANTES/CCL5 as an unknown link between wound healing in the jawbone and systemic disease: is prediction and tailored treatments in the horizon?. EPMA J. 2015;6(1):10. Published 2015 May 6. doi:10.1186/s13167-015-0032-4
- Lechner J, von Baehr V. Hyperactivated Signaling Pathways of Chemokine RANTES/CCL5 in Osteopathies of Jawbone in Breast Cancer Patients-Case Report and Research. Breast Cancer (Auckl). 2014;8:89-96. Published 2014 May 21. doi:10.4137/BCBCR.S15119
- Lechner J, Huesker K, Von Baehr V. Impact of Rantes from jawbone on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. J Biol Regul Homeost Agents. 2017;31(2):321-327.
- Lechner J, von Baehr V, Schick F. RANTES/CCL5 Signaling from Jawbone Cavitations to Epistemology of Multiple Sclerosis – Research and Case Studies. Degener Neurol Neuromuscul Dis. 2021;11:41-50. Published 2021 Jul 5. doi:10.2147/DNND.S315321
- Lechner J, Schmidt M, von Baehr V, Schick F. Undetected Jawbone Marrow Defects as Inflammatory and Degenerative Signaling Pathways: Chemokine RANTES/CCL5 as a Possible Link Between the Jawbone and Systemic Interactions?. J Inflamm Res. 2021;14:1603-1612. Published 2021 Apr 21. doi:10.2147/JIR.S307635
- Lechner J, Rudi T, von Baehr V. Osteoimmunology of tumor necrosis factor-alpha, IL-6, and RANTES/CCL5: a review of known and poorly understood inflammatory patterns in osteonecrosis. Clin Cosmet Investig Dent. 2018;10:251-262. Published 2018 Nov 9. doi:10.2147/CCIDE.S184498