Your teeth are attached to bone by connective tissue called the periodontal ligament. If you have a tooth extracted, this ligament needs to be removed, too, along with about 2 mm of the surrounding alveolar bone – the bony ridge containing the tooth socket. If this isn’t done, any pathogenic microbes (disease-causing “germs”) present will be effectively sealed into the jaw once new tissues grow over the socket. Those microbes are free to proliferate. Healthy tissues die and decay – a process that creates even more toxins. (Not to be gross, but if you think here of a putrefying corpse being gobbled by bacteria and vermin, you’ll be thinking of a similar process.)
The end result? Holes in the jawbone: osteonecrotic cavitational lesions, or “cavitations,” for short.
Because these infected, decaying areas still have access to the blood supply and the body’s basic regulative system, the toxins may enter the body’s general circulation, free to infect other organs, generating disease and dysfunction. Brain health is of special concern, since the organ is so close to the mouth – just inches away. When neurotoxins exit into the bone, it’s not far to the cerebrospinal fluid that bathes the brain. There and over time, they contribute to a variety of neurological illnesses, just as toxins affecting other organs and polluting the terrain contribute to other forms of systemic illness.
Illnesses that have been linked to cavitations include cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis (MS), Lou Gehrig Disease (ALS), lupus and other autoimmune and inflammatory conditions.
Cavitations can follow even routine and seemingly “successful” dental surgery. If the bone isn’t cleaned nor the periodontal ligament fully removed; if the tooth is just removed and the tissue flap, sutured shut, a cavitational lesion may remain in the bone. Outcomes can be worse if several wisdom teeth are removed during the same appointment – especially if the patient’s biological terrain is disordered and polluted. (The terrain is your body’s internal environment, and its condition determines whether and how illness and dysfunction will manifest in the body.)
Notice in this clip how no attempt made to remove the ligament or clean the bone once the tooth has been pulled.
Suffice it to say, when oral surgery is required, it’s key to have a surgeon who is aware of the potential for cavitations and so will clean and treat the surgical site thoroughly.
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