G. Thomas Colpitts, DDS, ND, IMD

Pathways to Wellness Dentistry

2448 E 81st Suite 1600
Tulsa, OK 74137
(918) 477-9000

Cavitation Surgery

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There are a few names for the lesions that can form in jawbone areas that become nutrient-starved: chronic ischemic bone disease, neuralgia inducing cavitational osteonecrosis (NICO), and – most commonly – cavitations.

cavitation illustrationThey form when tissues in the area lack proper blood flow. Ultimately, the tissues die and produce toxins that can wind up affecting the health of tissues far beyond the mouth.

Jawbone cavitations are particular susceptible to infection from oral bacteria. This chronic infection can cause a multitude of symptoms from pain, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and trigeminal neuralgia to symptoms in other organs on the same meridian.

For each tooth or area of the mouth is connected to other parts of the body that are also located on the same meridian. Communication – healthy or toxic – takes place throughout each of these energetic channels. Infection in one area can travel right along with it.

A healthy mouth is crucial for maintaining healthy communication.

Diagnosing & Treating Cavitations

To properly diagnose cavitational areas, a 3D cone beam image is invaluable. With that, we can determine blood flow in the area and if any teeth are involved along with the bone.

osteonecrotic jawboneOne of the most common treatments for NICO lesions is to open the infected sites and remove as much of the diseased tissue as possible. This gives the patient’s own immune system a chance to take over and deal solely with any remaining bacteria.

Antibiotics, as well as herbal and homeopathic remedies are then provided to support recovery and healing. Depending on the health of the patient, other non-invasive therapies may be recommended for detoxing the affected tissues.

Most patients respond favorably to cavitation surgery with almost immediate relief from their symptoms. Occasionally, repeat surgeries may be needed to fully address the problem.

We use ozone and plasma rich growth factor (PRGF) in all our full cavitation surgeries to help disinfect the tissues and support good healing afterward. For an additional fee, we can biopsy the affected area and send it out for analysis by a certified pathology lab.

We’ve found that over 90% of the biopsies sent report the presence of abnormal bone.

Top illustration courtesy of Dr. Judson Wall

G. Thomas Colpitts, DDS, AIAOMT

2448 E 81st Street, Suite 1600
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74137

(918) 477-9000