Dental cavitations are dangerous.
A cavitation is a hole in the jawbone that has not healed. The most common cause of this hole is having a tooth extracted. It is estimated that 95% of all tooth extractions cause a cavitation to form. (Actually, a cavitation can form in any bone of the body, but we’re just talking about teeth here.)
Our understanding of how this happens is a bit complex. Let’s see if we can shed some light on the process.
Normally, if a bone was broken or damaged, the bone would heal itself. There are special cells within the bone (called osteoblasts) that make new bone. These bone-forming cells are activated when the bone is damaged. This is how bones heal.
However, this may not happen with damage to the jawbone caused by removing a tooth. You see, numerous microscopic fibers connect the tooth to the jawbone. There fibers are called the periodontal ligament.
One of the functions of the periodontal ligament is to stop the osteoblasts from forming new bone growth between the jaw and the tooth. If this were not the case, your teeth would become a permanent part of your jawbone. This would not allow for growth or movement of your teeth.
During extraction, the periodontal ligament breaks somewhere in the middle, leaving half the fibers in the empty tooth socket and the other half still attacked to the root of the tooth.
So, if any of the periodontal ligament is left in the tooth socket after extraction, new bone growth in the empty socket will be impeded – thus forming a cavitation. Unfortunately, most dentists are not taught to fully remove the periodontal ligament after extraction.
The real problem, however isn’t a few holes in the jawbone.
When the bone dies and a cavitation forms, bacteria migrate into this hole. Since these bacteria live without oxygen, they are called anaerobic. The waste material produced by these bacteria is among the most toxic organic material in existence. This highly toxic material is slowly and constantly being released into the body.
This constant and slow poisoning of the body is why dental cavitations are so dangerous to your health.
For more information about cavitations, watch these two video by Dr. Alison Adams:
and Part 2