Dental Cavitations and Their Impact on Systemic Health

| February 8, 2013


We’re all familiar with cavities, also known as dental caries or tooth decay. But there’s another condition associated with oral pathology with which many people, and surprisingly even many dentists, are completely unfamiliar.

This condition is called a ‘cavitation.’

A cavitation is an unhealed hole within the jawbone, usually located at the base of the site where a tooth has been extracted. Cavitations can also occur at the base of teeth where a root canal has been performed.

Generally, when most dentists extract a tooth they fail to remove the periodontal ligament or membrane, which is a piece of tissue that anchors each tooth to the jawbone and serves as a kind of suspension or cushion between the tooth and bone during chewing.

When this membrane is not removed along with the tooth as part of the extraction procedure, the surrounding bone doesn’t get the message that the tooth is gone, which would ordinarily signal it to fill in and heal the empty space properly with the generation of new bone.

Because there’s no longer any blood flow to or from the site, the residual ligament dies, resulting in an encapsulated area where extremely pathogenic anaerobic bacteria can proliferate, which can cause soft tissue to become necrotic and eventually lead to erosion the surrounding bone.

Because they’re buried so deeply within the jawbone and are encapsulated, cavitations are often painless, therefore most go undetected for long periods of time.

However because our jaws contain reflex points that correspond with bodily meridians, cavitations can not only cause local damage and infection, but they can also detrimentally impact our overall, systemic health in a variety of ways.

The link below has an excellent interactive tooth meridian chart which displays the various organ systems corresponding to each individual tooth:

Cavitation remediation, which is a surgical procedure that involves the cleaning of bacteria and removal of necrotic tissue, can be performed by specially trained dentists. Many people who undergo this procedure find it to be key in helping them recover from stubborn, unresolved health issues.

Here’s a link to the first of a two part video which explains about tooth cavitations in more detail using some very helpful graphics:

For information on finding a holistic or biological dentist who has received training on how to detect and remediate cavitations, here are a few resources:

International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAOMT)

Find a Dentist – Huggins Applied Healing (Dr. Hal Huggins)

More resources:

Cavitations by Dr. Paul Genung

Understanding Jawbone Cavitations and their Relationship to Disease by Suzin Stockton

This post has been shared at Thank Goodness it’s Monday at Nourishing Joy.

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  1. Brooklin says:

    Hello Linda,
    I see that you are talking in Redmond, WA at VitaminLife on Sat., March 16. I am wondering if you are talking any other places in the Seattle area. I am very interested in your topic & wonder if I could make it to this date. Please let me know. I am VERY interested because I had 2 root canals done & have had numerous health challenges in my life.
    Thank you for your help!!!

    • Linda Zurich says:

      The only other class I have scheduled so far this year where I’ll be discussing the subject of oral health is April 9 in Tacoma. Please see this page for more info: The Redmond class this month will cover oral health much more specifically and in depth than the April class though. So if you can make it, the class next weekend in Redmond would be the best, most comprehensive presentation for you to attend.