Ischemic Bone Disease (Cavitations)
There are many reasons a cavitation may form in the jawbone, but one of the most common is failure to remove the periodontal ligament and clean the bone properly after an extraction.
What Is a Cavitation & How Might It Affect My Health?
When blood flow to the surgical site is restricted – a condition known as ischemia – oxygen is also reduced. Without these two sources of nutrition, tissues die and decay, providing a feast for bacteria and other pathogens. The resulting void in the bone is commonly called a cavitation – though you may also hear the condition referred to as neuralgia induced chronic osteonecrosis or osteomyelitis (NICO).
These lesions lie underneath the healthy new soft tissue that grows over an extraction site, making them difficult to spot, even on x-rays.
They’re also extraordinarily common. According to one study, cavitations have been found in 77% of all extraction sites and nearly 90% of all wisdom tooth extraction sites.
As with infected root canal teeth, pathogens and their toxic waste have the potential to migrate from your mouth to other areas of the body via your circulatory system, able to contribute to a long list of chronic health problems, including MS, ALS, Alzheimer’s, and cancer. Cavitations can likewise interfere with the body’s bioenergetic system.
BioScan, a computer-based, whole-body screening tool which assesses the energy flow throughout the body, can offer additional diagnostic help. If Dr. Karen determines the presence of one or more cavitations, she can then surgically clean the sites so they’re free of infected bone and tissue, relieving the body’s toxic burden and giving it a chance to heal. Ozone is used throughout the process to disinfect and to support healing.
Before, during, and after the procedure, Dr. Karen also will provide detox support or integrate your care with your physician or other healers, family, and loved ones in order to build your body’s ability to fully recover in body, mind, and spirit.