A Biological Approach & Reliable Solution to Hidden Problem of Jawbone Cavitation
Not all dental problems are obvious one. Infection in the jaw can go on for years without causing any pain or discomfort in the jaw but it can have a real and immediate impact on your overall health and well-being.
Known as jawbone osteonecrosis, Jawbone infection (cavitation) is a chronic ischemic jawbone disease (CIBD). “Chronic” simply refers to ongoing; “ischemic “means a restricted blood supply. The lesion created by this disease is called cavitation.
Cavitation is unfamiliar to most patients, but for many, they are the root cause of chronic pain & illness that other doctors just can’t seem to figure out. If you’re experiencing soreness of jaw, head, or neck, a cavitation may be the cause, and Dr. Horiyat may help provide the relief you deserve.
WHAT IS JAWBONE INFECTION (CAVITATION)?
If you think that a cavitation and cavity are the same thing, you are not alone. In truth, they are completely distinctive which happen not only in different area, but also have different causes, symptoms, and presentation. A dental cavity refers to a hole in a tooth; a dental cavitation refers to as a hole in the jawbone. However, there is no such thing as an empty space inside the body. Something fills it. In the case of jawbone cavitation, it often fills with dead cells (osteonecrosis), remnants of the bone, marrow that previously occupied the space, infection, and/or left behind periodontal membrane during tooth extraction.
A cavitation is really a colloquial term for “ischemic bone disease” or “sites of alternate healing” which means either an active infection or abnormal tissue growth in the bone of the maxilla (upper jaw) or mandible (lower jaw). Dental cavitation is potentially dangerous because it creates a place for bacteria to collect and deteriorate the surrounding bone structure. These jaw infections can be acute such as osteomyelitis (an inflammation of bone cortex and marrow) or chronic based on bacteria that arise due to necrotic and abnormal tissue in the jaw bones.
HIDDEN DANGER OF JAWBONE INFECTION
The term cavitation has been used not only to describe lesions appearing as empty holes but also various types of lesions in the jawbone found through tissue analysis to be:
REASONS FOR FORMATION OF A CAVITATION?
A cavitation can form in any bone in the body, not just in the jaw bones. Bacteria and tissue death are the simple and short answers why cavitation or IBD ischemic bone disease develops.
According to research by Hal Huggins and Thomas Levy (https://biologicaldentalhealth.com/Data/cavitations.pdf), 85% of all extractions results in jawbone cavitation. However, cavitation also occurs as the result of a root canal.
There are many reasons for the formation of jawbone cavitation and development of alternative healing sites:
Each tooth is attached to the jaw by a bit of tissue called “Periodontal Ligaments”. When the surrounding periodontal membranes or ligament is left behind during an extraction including wisdom tooth extraction, it could cause an incomplete healing. Experts speculate that this incomplete healing occurs because the bone cells on extraction site sense the presence of the periodontal membrane and give the biological messages to the surrounding jawbone that the tooth is still there, and no new bone growth is needed.
Healthy-looking new tissue may grow over the socket after extraction, but when blood flow is restricted, tissue below begin to die as the result of deprived oxygen and nutrient. Like any dying organic matter, the pathogens begin to accumulate which could damage the bone and surrounding tissues even more and ultimately form a “dead zone”. At Aria Dental, we use LPRF to stimulate the blood flow and faster healing.
Toxins may come into play if a tooth (wisdom tooth included) is extracted due to a dental disease. If the socket isn’t thoroughly disinfected and the bacteria is not properly neutralized or adequately flushed out after an oral surgery or extraction, the lingering bacteria and toxins may be trapped into the jaw and incubate for years, potentially releasing toxic infection residue into the blood and ultimately to the rest of the body. At Aria Dental, we offer Ozone/Oxygen therapy to disinfect the socket during dental extraction and promote blood circulation for healing.
Root canaled teeth no longer have an active blood supply; thus, they are referred as “ischemic teeth” or necrotic teeth”. Depending on the strength of immune system, people can develop more dangerous and hidden secondary infections underneath their root canaled teeth; however, they don’t feel any pain or discomfort because a root canaled tooth has no dynamic pain receptors. However, they could begin feeling pain when the infection in a root canaled tooth can spread out horizontally to the adjacent teeth, tissues, and bone and develop a massive abscess or when infection move vertically into the bone, causing cavitation or IBD (Ischemic Bone Disease).
Also known as a “traumatic bone cyst”. This type of lesion may look like a dead or empty space in the bone. In many cases, the cause is unknown, but bone trauma is suspected. Even though it could happen at any age, but people underage of twenty are most diagnosed with this type of cyst, and it is less susceptible to females than males.
Use of metallic restorations, steroids and dental anesthetics containing epinephrine (a potent vasoconstrictor) could cause cavitation. As a top leading holistic and biological dentist, Dr. Maryam Horiyat, is EXTREMELY selective about the anesthetic that she uses for all patients. By using shorter acting anesthetics, Dr. Horiyat is able not only avoid formation of ischemia in patients but also reverse and regenerate ischemic disease processes such as cavitation in the jaw.
Poor circulation, a clotting disorder, and traumatic injury are a few of the many potentials of bone cavitation in the jawbone.
WHAT HEALTH CONDITIONS CAVITATION CAN CAUSE?
A jawbone cavitation acts as a breeding ground for not only harmful microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, and yeast, but also their toxins produced from their metabolic waste products (most likely from anaerobic bacteria). Investigation has revealed that cavitation is sometimes a reservoir of huge amount of toxic mercury. Due to infection in jawbone and toxic mercury, the jawbone cavitation can create a wide range of negative effects both locally and throughout the entire body. Furthermore, it can negatively impact the blood flow in the area and cause blockage on the body’s energy meridian which can exert far-reaching impact on the overall system.
Health conditions that have been associated with cavitation have many similarities to health conditions associated with root canals because both are very toxic. Some of these conditions are anemia, angina, appendicitis, arthritis, asthma, colitis, diabetes, eczema, epilepsy, gall bladder, heart disease, hypertension, thyroid disease, sinus infection, and many others.
JAWBONE CAVITATION: THE FUNDEMENTAL CAUSE OF MEDICAL CONDITONS
Research and clinical reports have linked cavitation to a wide array of inflammatory diseases and possibly “fundamental cause” of them such as:
THE LINK BETWEEN ORAL CAVITATION & CHRONIC DISEASES
When harmful microorganisms like bacteria and toxic substances like mercury accumulate in the hollow space in bone lesion, the immune system is activated via the body-mouth meridian connections. Thus, various biologically active chemical and harmful toxin are produced which can travel along nervous sheaths, through bone spaces, within lymph, and into the systemic blood stream.
These biological chemicals and toxic substances from oral cavitation can also affect other cells and organs in the body, ultimately creating chronic systemic inflammation, chronic diseases, and chronic pain.
It is important to know that pain and chronic disease could occur a distance from the jawbone lesions, which make it difficult to understand the body chronic disease and pain caused by cavitation or jawbone infection.
REDUCTION OF ENERGY LEVEL DUE TO CAVITATION
Recent research by Dr. Boyd Haley shows ALL cavitation tissue samples tested contain toxins, which significantly inhibit one or more of five basic body enzymes necessary in the energy production cycle. These small chemical toxins may produce significant systemic effects as well as play an important role in the localized disease process. However, research indicated that when toxins combined with chemicals or heavy metals like mercury, more potent toxins may be formed.
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HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE A CAVITATION?
Because effects of toxins tend to be systemic and pain is a referred to another area, diagnosing cavitation is an elusive process and there is nothing to draw a dentist’s attention to the site of the cavitation.
Cavitation is not always readily visible on conventional x-rays because an x-ray shows only a one-dimensional view of the bone. Research reveals that x-rays are not likely to show a problem unless at least 40-50% of the bone tissue is altered. However, cavitation can be identified utilizing a variety of diagnostic tools which include 3D Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT), MRI, and applied kinesiology (AK) or muscle testing. it could also be identified by ultrasound device called Cavitat Scanner to assess bone quality throughout the mouth. Cavitat not only detects cavitation but also help in determining their size. There is also DNA test that could identify if bacteria are present around the bone.
COMMON SYMTOMS OF ORAL CAVITATIONS
Once a cavitation site area is isolated and properly diagnosed, treatment for a cavitation starts by a series of ozone therapy, laser treatments, taking natural products such as probiotics, procaine therapy, followed by surgically removing any dead bone, tissue, and other debris. The procedure involves creating a small incision in the gum along the top of the cavitation (lesion) using a sonic surgical diamond and to remove infected tissues and dead bone until solid and healthy bone is felt around the periphery of the lesion. After the site is cleaned and irrigated with ozonated saline, then surgical site is fumigated with straight ozone gas. The sterile environment can promote healing at the site and ultimately throughout the body. Finally, sutures are placed, and patient is released.
BENEFITS OF CAVITATION TREATMENT
Getting oral cavitation treatment can reduce pain and eliminate toxins that may be spreading throughout the area. Cavitation treatment with a skilled holistic, biological, and integrative dentist can improve conditions and provide relief for some of these problems: