Hashimotos and Autoimmunity, Oral Health and Biological Dentistry Part 4: The Dangers of Cavitations
If you’ve been following my biological dentistry series, you’ll know from part 1– what biological dentistry is and how to find a dentist like this, from part 2 – the dangers of roots canaled teeth and from part 3 – the dangers of mercury in our fillings. In part 4, today’s post, I wanted to help bring awareness to what cavitations are as well as why they are dangerous.
Up until about 3 years ago I had never heard of a dental cavitation. I didn’t even know what one was let alone why it was dangerous to have. However, now that I know about them I desire to share what I know and help other people understand their importance in our overall health.
What is a Cavitation?
When a tooth extraction is done, usually a wisdom tooth, dentists are taught to leave the ligament in the socket. Bone cannot grow there and it lacks a blood supply. Therefore the surgery cavity is often full of anaerobic bacteria. As healing occurs, the top of the cavity should close up with new tissue and, to the naked eye, it will look as if the area the tooth was a non-issue and fully healed. However, over 80% of the time the bacteria in the ligament that is left continues to thrive in this area in what is considered a “cess pool” of toxins. These toxic bacteria eventually lead to what is called an osteonecrotic area in the jaw. What that means is that through the bacterial decay, the bone in the jaw is eventually rendered dead. This dead bone area lacks blood supply therefore it is unable to deal with the presence of the bacteria. The bacteria, funguses, parasites, etc., take over that area and eventually leak out into other areas of the body causing unwanted symptoms that can be detrimental to our health in the present and in the future.
Listen here to Dr. Nunnally, D.D.S, M.S, F.A.G.D talk about what a cavitation is. (Forward to 22:30 in the audio to hear only about cavitations)
Below is a video with a drawing of what a cavitation is as well as this dentist’s protocol in treating it. * Side note – Personally the treatment I would go with would only be Rich Platelet Fibrin (RPF- which we’ll get into in a few paragraphs.) This dentist in the video sutures which is unnecessary if RPF is used.
Why Is a Cavitation Dangerous?
Research shows that the bacteria in the dead bone can actually combine with metals and create a neurotoxicity in the body which results in a myriad of neurological symptoms from tremors, to brain fog and even Alzheimer’s because the bacteria eventually enter the bloodstream. These caverns with no blood supply can be a major source of hidden infections in one’s body. Research also shows that even if you don’t have any other metal in your mouth, the bacteria that reside in the cavitated area, can also cause the symptoms above (like Alzheimer’s) and below.
Symptoms That Can Come From Cavitations
- Chronic Fatigue
- Lack of Focus
- Neurological problems (often those with MS are more susceptible to cavitations and silent infections stemming from them.)
- Chronic Iritis
- Chronic Migraines
- Lock Jaw. Chronic Jaw Pain, sometimes shooting down and out the limbs
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Below is a video on why and how a cavitation can cause this as well as research studies to back up this kind of treatment causing relief. It’s very interesting and worth this time in watching if you think you have Trigeminal Neuralgia.
How Do I Know If I Have A Cavitation?
Cavitations aren’t always painful at the site. For instance, my husband had four cavitations in his mouth and none of them were painful in that area. You may be wondering how our dentist determined that he did in fact have cavitations in all four spots where his wisdom teeth were removed. We had panoramic x-rays done and through those he was able to see the cavitated areas in each place his wisdom teeth used to reside.
Other ways that can help to determine if a person has a cavitation is through a radiograph. This is a fancy word for x-ray. However, it is harder to find a cavitation through an x-ray, especially if it’s not done properly. Panoramic is the way to go for accuracy. Also, it’s very important for the dentist to be able to properly analyze the x-ray or panoramic images. If they don’t know what a cavitation is, don’t understand them or don’t know what they look like in an x-ray then generally they are not going to find anything even though a cavitation might be there. This is an important reason to go to a biological dentist. Conventional dentists aren’t trained to know and understand cavitations whereas biological dentists are.
The last way a cavitation can be discovered is through a Cone Beam Image. Cone beam imaging is basically an x-ray but the final images are 3D instead of 2D and not only is the image of the teeth but of the jaw bone and all surrounding areas including the sinuses. It would be the like the difference between a regular sonogram or a 3D sonogram to see your baby. With 3D there is a lot more to be able to see. The hard part with Cone Beam imaging is that many dentists (even the good biological ones) don’e have these because of their cost or some dentists think they are fine with a panoramic imaging machine.
In summary, Panoramic or Cone Beam imaging, along with a good biological dentist who has been educated on cavitations and what they look like, are the best ways to diagnose a cavitation. In some cases x-rays can be used but they are not the best most accurate choice.
Below is a video on Cone Beam Imagery
How Should I Have a Cavitation Treated?
As I said before, don’t think that if you don’t have pain in the area you don’t have a cavitation. If you have any of the listed symptoms I wrote about above or any other thing going haywire in your body it is wise to at least rule out the possibility of a cavitation in the bones in your mouth. It could be a piece to your healing puzzle.
That being said, if you do have a cavitation and it has been diagnosed by a biological dentist then below are the necessary protocols the dentist should take to properly deal with this oral malady.
- The first thing, that not all biological dentists utilize, would be acupressure. This helps the body to relax, get into healing mode and bring proper blood flow to the area that will be worked on. Acupressure would be done both before and after the surgical procedure.
- The second is the use of conscious sedation for the time the cavitated areas are being remedied. This is important because the patient is still awake but will not feel pain or remember anything that happened. It’s different than Nitrous Oxide and much safer. *By the way if you have the MTHFR mutation DO NOT use Nitrous. It could be fatal to you.
- The third thing would be the proper usage of IV vitamin C. This supplement going directly into your blood stream is amazing at quickening healing of the surgical site, boosting the immune system for the trauma it will have to deal with and aiding the immune system to fight off any excess bacteria or die-off that comes from cleaning out a cavitation. * A good biological dentist will make a barrier around the cavitated area so that any bacteria being cleaned out of the necrotic zone will not be inhaled or swallowed.
Steps the Biological Dentist Will Take For the Procedure
- In simple terms, the biological dentist will first start by making an incision above the cavitated area. He or she will then open the area and curette out the the bone (or the dead area filled with bacteria.) They will continue to do this until all dead bone has been removed and they see a fresh, clean, red blood supply flowing to the bone area. Upon healing, due to the fresh blood flow, this will allow new, healthy bone to grow back.
- Upon curetting out the area and getting all anaerobic matter out of the spot, the dentist will then use ozone to further sanitize and clean the cavitation. *It is important that the biological dentist has been properly trained in using ozone therapy. Using ozone helps to minimize the chances of needing a re-treatment for the cavitated area. Click here and scroll down to view tip 10 in the video list to watch a video about ozone.
- After the clean out and ozone treatment have been done then the Platelet Rich Fibrin technique is used. In the beginning of the procedure the dentist will draw blood from the patient. They will they have it spun in a centrifuge to extract the patients own platelets. These platelets will then, upon surgery completion, be packed into the cleaned out area to begin rapid healing. With their own platelets in place, their own cells will begin the process of healing and regenerating. Using this technique, in most cases, allows the dentist to skip using sutures.
- Usually acupressure will be done immediately following the procedure and a follow up appointment will be done the next day where the acupressure will be done again. This further speeds up the process of healing. There are also some supplements given which are suggested by the Huggins Protocol, which I will talk about in my next post where I share our experience at our wonderful biological dentist’s office.
Friends, don’t ignore your symptoms! It’s important to deal with your oral health because you don’t want to have regrets down the road as to what could’ve been had your oral cavity been dealt with. It’s worth the time and money to address the root cause and start thriving rather than just surviving! Also, just an end note for you… the symptoms mentioned above can be caused by a myriad of root causes – one being a cavitation or other oral maladies. Addressing your oral healing should be done in tandem with eating clean, detoxing, getting proper sleep, de-stressing, repairing and reinoculating your gut. All these things work in tandem for positive health benefits.
Please feel free to email or comment with any questions you may have. I hope you are encouraged to seek out a biological dentist and start addressing the root cause of your symptoms!
Be sure to check back in, or better yet, subscribe to our newsletter to be able to get the next post in this biological dentistry series!