A cavitation is a hole in the bone (because of a pulled tooth) which has not healed correctly. The tissue in the cavitation such as the ligaments which once held the tooth become infected. The highly toxic bacteria produced can cause osteonecrosis (bone death), weaken overall health and contribute to health problems often without any obvious pain in the jaw area.

For many years the dental community had insisted that cavitations were rare. There is growing evidence, however, that cavitations from pulled teeth are a widespread problem. In 1996, the Journal of the Advancement in Medicine published research which discusses the issue of silent infections from cavitations. In an interview reprinted in the Townsend Letters for Doctors, George Meinig, DDS & Dr. M. LaMarche discuss recent research showing that approximately 98% of cavitations have osteonecrosis.

Because x-rays cannot detect cavitations in most cases, a device was invented by Bob Jones which can reported detect cavitations with a very high degree of accuracy. It is called the Cavitat. It uses ultrasound to accurately detect the cavitations. The goal is to make this device available to dentists by the end of March, 1998. Clearly, the dentists who will first order the Cavitat are those who practice Holistic (or low-toxicity) Dentistry and who keep up with the current scientific literature.




For root canal problems, there are several possible solutions:

  1. Dr. Robert Nara's Solution

  2. The second solution that is common amongst persons trying to regain their health is to have the tooth pulled.

  3. Biocalcex -- Biocalcex is said to fully steralize the canals.

  4. Tooth/Dentin Restoration -- Possible commercially available solution in the near future.
I know that if I already had a root canal, I would either pull the tooth or at minimum get it redone with biocalcex as a preventive safety measure. If I had a chronic illness (e.g., arthritis, cancer, fibromyalgia, etc.), I would definately consider have the root canals cleaned up.

For dentists experienced working with and diagnosing issues related to cavitations and root canal problems, please see the "DentalHelp" practitioner directories at: http://www.holisticmed.com/www/dental.html#practitioners.