A jawbone cavitation is simply a hole or pocket in the bone, usually filled with necrotic tissue.  The toxins and the bacteria in these cavitations can pose the same threat to the body as do root canals. The toxins are more toxic than those of rootcanals but the cavitations are not readily visible to the eye and generally cause no local discomfort. Bone cavitations are thought to be the hidden cause of facial pain syndromes (hence one of its names, NICO – Neuralgia Inducing Cavitational Osteonecrosis). There are many possible causes but it is primarily related to a previous localized trauma to the jaw such as trauma during tooth extraction.


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X-ray of bone cavitation                                   X-ray of bone cavitation
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Healthy bone                                                       Cavitation- necrotic bone


Why worry?

When the whole dental ligament is left behind at the extraction site this could lead to an inflammation that has the outline of the extracted tooth. The mouth will look like it has healed at the extraction site, but under the gums the pocket or cavitation remains with highly toxic, anaerobic bacteria. Cavitations can not only continue to destroy jawbone, but their toxins gain access to the entire body via the nerves or blood stream affecting the immune system, promoting disease. These bacteria are nearly impossible to treat with antibiotics and must be removed at the site surgically. Cavitations most often occur in the wisdom tooth areas, but have been found in other extraction sites.

Local problems caused by cavitations

  1. Trigeminal neuralgia
  2. Atypical facial pain
  3. Persistent local pain
  4. Spread of stealth infection to neighboring teeth (with ever increasing number of root fillings or tooth extractions)

Referred and distant problems caused by cavitations

  1. Joint degeneration (esp. large joints: hip, knee and shoulder)
  2. Organ and systemic deterioration with a large variety of pathological findings such as 
  • Heart: cardiomyopathy, coronary heart disease, arrhythmias
  • Brain: CFIDS, FMS, MCS, AD, diffuse vessel disease, areas of hypoperfusion and/or hypometabolism, psychiatric and emotional disorders
  • Chronic liver disease (symptomatic Hep.C, fatty degeneration, impaired detoxification, stasis of the bile system)  
  • Immune system breakdown with chronic infections (HHV-6, Lyme disease, mycoplasma), fatigue, cance
  • Intestinal problems: leaky gut, recurrent parasitosis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis

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