Beverly Hills CA dental office offers treatment for bone cavitation

Like many complex oral health problems, cavitations they are not readily noticeable, and the medical community in general underestimates their impact. Dr. Moldovan of Beverly Hills Dental Health and Wellness often sees patients who are suffering from bone cavitation problems that other dentists and doctors had failed to diagnose. She offers a variety of health-focused treatments, including cavitation surgery.

What is a jaw cavitation?

If you find the term confusing, you are not alone. Many people think that a cavitation and a cavity are the same thing. In truth, they are very different. Whereas a cavity refers to a tooth in the tooth, a dental cavitation is a hole in the jaw bone. Not only are they in different areas, but also have different causes, symptoms, and presentation.

If you were to look at a cross-section of a cavitation, it would look like a hollow or spongy area in the middle of dense, healthy bone tissue. However, there is no such thing as an empty space inside the body. Something fills it. In the case of bone cavitations, that something is often dead cells, remnants of the bone and marrow that previously occupied the space. Additionally, cavitations create a breeding ground for harmful micro-organisms.

A prominent chemist and oral toxicity researcher, Boyd Haley, reported finding at least some toxin in all cavitation tissue samples that he tested. This is most likely a result of anerobic bacteria, which do not need oxygen and therefore thrive in an environment such as an environment. Cavitations also may contain harmful fungi and yeast. Chronic infections, and the toxins that they release, can have a wide range of negative effects, both localized and throughout the body.

In addition to the fact that they probably host infection, bone cavitations can negatively impact the blood flow in the area. Furthermore, many holistic experts believe that cavitations can negatively affect energy meridians. A combination of these and other factors can lead to pain, which may or may not be felt at the cavitation’s location. Due to the complex nature of facial nerves, referred pain is common in this area. That means the patient will get the sensation of pain in an area other than the source.

How cavitations form

Cavitations can develop for a few reasons. The most common include:
  • Ischemic osteonecrosis (loss of blood flow to the bone) – Bone is a living tissue, which needs a healthy blood supply in order to survive and stay healthy. When blood flow is restricted, bone marrow is deprived of oxygen and other nutrients. As a result, a “dead zone” can form, devoid of healthy, living tissue.
  • Simple bone cyst – Also called 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, though bone trauma is suspected. People under the age of twenty are most often diagnosed with this type of cyst, but it can occur at any age. Males are more susceptible than females.
  • Some types of dental treatment – Bone cavitations usually form at the site of a previous tooth extraction. Many experts believe that the reason is the common dental extraction technique, which removes the tooth but leaves behind the membrane, which inhibits proper healing.
  • Other causes – Poor circulation, a clotting disorder, traumatic injury, and steroid use are a few of the many potential other causes for bone cavitations in the jaw as well as other areas of the body.

Diagnosis and treatment

A standard x-ray image only provides very limited information. It is a one-dimensional view of the bone, with little detail. Research shows x-rays are not likely to show a problem unless at least 40 to 50 percent of the bone tissue in an area is altered. In some cases, membrane left behind after an extraction may show up as a “phantom tooth.” though most dentists do not consider that a red flag.

Because effects of toxins tend to be systemic, and pain may be felt in another area, there is nothing to draw a dentist’s attention to the site of the cavitation. Due to the insidious symptoms and difficulty diagnosing cavitations, they have been largely overlooked for much of modern dental history. They are not included in standard dental training, and some dentists don’t even believe they are a serious problem.

Dr. Moldovan is a leader in holistic and biological dentistry. These philosophies look beyond so-called “conventional wisdom,” focusing on science and evidence-based techniques. Simply stated, biological dentists do not believe the fact that cavitations have been ignored for much of modern dental history is a good reason to keep ignoring them. Instead, Dentists such as Dr. Moldovan use advanced diagnostic imaging, and pay close attention to all of the oral health information it provides. In our office, diagnosis involves physical examination, evaluation of your dental history, discussion of symptoms, and Cone Beam scanning.

Dr. G.V. Black, one of the founders of modern dentistry and an early cavitation researcher, recommended removing the effected area of bone. He believed that the toxic nature of cavitations called for such a drastic step. Thankfully, today’s cavitation surgery is much more conservative, but equally effective.

The procedure involves creating a small incision in the gums, and then removing infected tissue. It is often performed with dental lasers, which are not only more precise than a scalpel but also kill bacteria. Therapies such as ozone may be used to further reduce bacteria and facilitate rapid healing.

If you have questions about jaw cavitation surgery, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sanda Moldovan, please give us a call at (310) 692-7855.

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