Cavitation Surgery

Cavitation Surgery
Hidden infections in extracted tooth sockets can be the root cause of mysterious symptoms. Cavitation symptoms can range from chronic fatigue, cancer, heart problems, ringing in the ears, migraines, chiropractic, digestion to many other unexplained symptoms [1,2,3].
Whatever the ailment, you definitely want the symptoms to improve, not get worse. Traditional cavitation surgery to remove the periodontal membrane, bring blood flow to the area, and clean out the organisms living there is often recommended. However, there is not much literature advising patients about cavitation surgery
The goal of this article is to improve cavitation surgery success rates. It is based on my 5 total cavitation surgeries. Unfortunately I almost died from my first cavitation surgery, but I learned a lot in the process. I continued on to re-do the surgery and had success. A whole list of mysterious symptoms disappeared after my successful cavitation surgery. The most amazing were the constant tightness in my shoulders, neck and upper back, the ringing in my ears (quiet after 30 years of ringing!), and the constant draining feeling in the back of my throat. All my tips, tricks, and lessons learned are shared in this article. More information about diagnosing cavitation infections and treatment options for cavitation infections can be found in the Dental Section.

Before getting engrossed in cavitation surgery details, I have created a printable Cavitation Surgery Checklist. It gives a quick summary of this article. For those who would rather watch than read, here is a video summarizing this article.


Find an Awesome Practitioner

An awesome practitioner is the centerpiece of successful cavitation surgery. Unfortunately, there aren’t many oral surgeons or dentists treating cavitations. Finding an awesome practitioner is worth the extra time, money and effort that may be required.
What exactly does one look for in a practitioner? Here’s my short list:

  • Removes the periodontal membrane. When the periodontal membrane is left behind, the body will heal bone around it. This leaves a hole, which is the perfect hiding spot for bacteria, viruses and yeast. Failure to remove the periodontal membrane is the reason that many of us have cavitation infections in the first place. If you’re going to have cavitation surgery, you definitely want the membrane removed.
  • Uses Ozone during the procedure. Dental bacteria, viruses and yeast are nasty. They can wreak havoc on the body. Ozone is the best defense against them. One practitioner describes his ozone technique during surgery as follows: Drill-Ozone Water Spray-Drill-Ozone Water Spray-Repeat until the Ozone doesn’t bubble anymore. (Note: Drill on the lower teeth, replace Drill by “Scrape” on the upper teeth.) Definitely do not have cavitation surgery with a practitioner who does not use ozone during surgery.
  • Does PRF (platelet-rich fibrin) or equivalent technique. PRF is used to help with healing and bone generation at the surgery site. Immediately after cavitation surgery, before the site is stitched, the practitioner will ‘pack in’ PRF. They obtain the PRF from your own blood that they draw before the surgery. I personally had a much better outcome with PRF than without it.
  • Does not force the jaw open. Trismus can be caused by forcing the jaw open. This is tempting for the practitioner do when the patient is numb, since the patient often can’t control their jaw opening while numb. Trismus is a painful condition that takes a long time to heal. Some unfortunate patients never heal completely. Be sure to find a practitioner who understands that the jaw should not be forced open.
  • Does ozone injections after procedure. Ozone injections following cavitation surgery can aid healing and help take care of any remaining organisms. The practitioner should inject a few ccs of ozone after stitching up each surgery site. After that, weekly ozone injections in the site for the first month, or more frequently if needed. Ideally the practitioner also knows how to drill taps for ozone injections, just in case ozone is needed after some bone has formed.
  • Does not drill into the sinuses through the mouth, or puncture the sinus membrane during surgery. Bacteria from the mouth should not enter the sinus cavity. Period. A practitioner made this mistake on me and I got a nasty septic infection. Later another practitioner informed me that he wasn’t surprised about the septic infection– the nasty bacteria from the mouth should never enter the sinus. Don’t make this mistake. Ask the practitioner if they ever puncture the sinus membrane.
  • Check Yelp and other online reviews. Google the practitioner. Ask around on local groups for experiences and recommendations. A local WAPF chapter might be a good place to start.

Preparing for Cavitation Surgery

Preparing for cavitation surgery is essential to success. The immune system should be in the best shape possible. Drainage and detoxification pathways should be open. The body should be ready for any bacteria, viruses, yeasts, and toxins that might be released. With this in mind, here is my Pre-Op list of things to do:

  • Osteopathic or other cranial practitioner treatment. An osteopathic or cranial treatment helps ensure that the detoxification and drainage pathways are open. Be sure to do research to make sure the osteopath or cranial specialist is a competent one. Again, check Yelp or other reviews.
  • Eat well, Hydrate, Sleep well, and De-stress. Healthy food, plenty of water, sound sleep and relaxation may sound a bit old-school. They are the best way to boost the immune system for the potential onslaught of bacteria that may be released, and the trauma of the surgery. One may not feel much like eating after surgery, so be sure to eat a healthy meal the night before.
  • Request days off work. The body needs rest after surgery. Not just to heal the surgery site, but also to fight all the bacteria, viruses and toxins that are released during surgery. How long off of work? At least 1 week.
  • Check & correct vitamin and mineral deficiencies. The immune system is crippled without enough vitamins and minerals. We use ZYTO, Hair Mineral Analysis, or muscle testing to check for vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
  • Extra Immune Support. Starting a month before surgery, I take 5000IU Vitamin D3 per day. Starting a week before cavitation surgery, I take 4g Vitamin C and 10kIUs Vitamin D2 daily.
  • Order Drainage Remedies: Body Mend, Dental Chord, Bacteria Chord, Lymph Tone III and Adrenal Terrain. These remedies help support the body in healing after surgery. They are listed in order from most helpful to least helpful.
  • Order Traumeel: Traumeel is now called T-Relief. It is useful for minimizing bruising on the cheeks after surgery. Even with my dark skin and Traumeel, some blue and green bruising could still be seen. I’m suspicious it would’ve been a lot more swollen and blue green without the Traumeel.


Immediately After Cavitation Surgery

Immediately after cavitation surgery, the pain is usually not too bad. The pain starts once the numbing medication wears off. Here’s my list of things to do immediately after surgery:


  • Swish with ozone water, hydrogen peroxide, salt water, or any other anti-microbial twice per day for the first week.
  • Vitamin C – 30g IV drip immediately after surgery if possible. If this is not available, then I take a few packets of oral liposomal Vitamin C. The goal is to boost the immune system, so it can fight off any viruses and bacteria that have been released.
  • Body Mend – 5-10 drops orally every few hours. This helps take the edge off of the pain once the numbing medication wears off.
  • Traumeel – Apply Traumeel (now called T-Relief) to the cheeks after surgery. This will help minimize bruising and swelling.


After Cavitation Surgery

Ozone injections after cavitation surgery are essential to successful outcomes. I feel very strongly about this. Had I done ozone injections post-op the first time, I don’t believe I would have needed to re-do the surgery. Ozone injections are at the top of my list of things to do after surgery:

  • Ozone Injections at:

    • 1 week
    • 2 weeks
    • 3 weeks
    • 4 weeks
    • 6 weeks
    • 8 weeks
    • 10 weeks
    • Possibly more frequently and for a longer time period, depending on symptoms, person and testing


    Ozone should be injected into the surgery site. No drilling or taps should be needed. Sometimes a few different points in the surgery site are injected. Typical injections are 2-10ccs each. The amount injected varies widely by practitioner. I have done injections on both the smaller and larger sides, and my overall opinion is that it doesn’t make much difference. Since I really didn’t want to re-do the cavitation surgery, I tended to inject the larger amounts. My default procedure was to inject until I became pretty uncomfortable and then stop. If the total amount injected was less than 2 ccs, then I would try another injection point and keep injecting.


    Personally I think the pain is the same with or without the numbing medication. The pain I experience is more of a ‘pressure’ pain higher up in the sinus area. This area isn’t numb anyway, so I skip the numbing medication completely. 
    If pain is felt during an ozone injection, some practitioners have the patient raise their hands. They then wait patiently for the ozone to dissipate and the pain to subside. Once the patient puts the hand back down, they keep injecting more ozone.

    Ozone injections are typically done by a practitioner, although they can be done at home with a medical-grade ozone setup. Being a scientist / engineering type, I did the math. For me, it was cheaper to get the ozone setup at home and do the injections myself. This is not for the light of heart. I definitely suggest doing an ozone injection or two with a practitioner first. This will give an idea of how a typical ozone injection feels.


    After injection, sometimes it feels as if the ozone is traveling through the body. Perhaps up into the sinuses or down into the neck. Often this feeling continues for a few days after the injection, slowly dissipating away.


  • Osteopathic or other cranial practitioner treatment. The cranium is a 22-piece puzzle. Any trauma to one area of the cranium can shift or misalign other parts of the cranium.  Osteopathic treatments can also help drain swelling and toxins.

  • Drainage and detox remedies will depend on the person and the bacteria. The drainage remedies ordered in the Pre-Op tips are the ones I found most useful. Here they are again, in rank order: Body Mend, Dental Chord, Bacteria Chord, Lymph Tone III and Adrenal Terrain. They can be applied to the arm 5-10 drops twice a day. Or they can be taken orally, 5-10 drops twice a day. Body Mend was probably the most useful of these in my case, both immediately and long-term. I took Body Mend for about 7 months after cavitation surgery.

  • Skin Brushing (Optional) Skin brushing can help ‘brush’ the swelling down and promote healing.


A Final Word of Encouragement

Cavitation surgery is difficult and painful, for no guaranteed outcome. However, for some of us, it is the solution to mysterious, chronic symptoms. If you decide to have cavitation surgery, hopefully these tips and lessons learned will maximize your chance of success.
Feel free to write in on the comments section with your cavitation surgery experiences. I’d also love to hear about anything that really helped that I haven’t listed in this article.



Q: When should I have cavitation surgery?
A: Generally I would try to get the immune system and body into the best shape possible before surgery. It takes a strong body to heal cavitations, and I personally want to maximize my chances of success. In general, I wouldn’t have surgery if I was having major other symptoms. Sometimes it can be hard to discern if symptoms are due to other causes or cavitations. I would focus first on healing leaky gut, and dialing in diet, sleep, and stress. The goal is to be as symptom-free as possible before surgery.
Q: After cavitation surgery, how long should it take until my bothersome symptoms disappear?
A: I don’t really know for sure. My experience and other cases I have seen all point to the answer ‘immediately’ or within a few days. If symptoms are still present, I see two possibilities. Either the cavitations are still infected, or the cavitations aren’t the source of your symptoms. Unfortunately many cavitation surgeries are unsuccessful, which is why I wrote this article and checklist in the first place. If the cavitations are still infected, I would rush to get ozone injections before the surgery sites heal. Perhaps more injections at a shorter interval than I suggest in the checklist. Perhaps even injections a few days after surgery.


[1] Dr. Simon Yu, MD “Think Dental When the Latest Medical Therapy Fails.”

[2] Dr. Simon Yu, MD “Dental Death Trap: Murder by Dentists.”

[3] Michelle Goldstein “Hidden dental cavitations can cause serious illness,” Natural News, July 2014.



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Last Updated: Oct 17, 2017 @ 10:47 pm


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27 thoughts on “Cavitation Surgery

  1. Can you tell me who did your cavitation surgery? I’ve called several holistic dentists all over the country and haven’t found that I feel 100% comfortable with.

  2. I’m curious how you knew you needed to have another surgery after the first one was unsuccessful. How did you know it was unsuccessful? Infection?Did you still have pain and the site wouldn’t heal? Cavitat image?
    I traveled out of state to see a highly regarded biological dentist, and I underwent the cavitation surgery in September. I had a total of six sites cleaned out. After the surgery I continued to be in a lot of pain on one particular site. All the other sites healed up nicely. We are thinking possibly I was traveling too soon after the surgeries causing the blood clot to dislodge. During the first “redo surgery” he said it was obvious it would not have healed, and needed to be redone. The last surgery he said looked pretty good except for redness. He was a little perplexed. It has been a month now since that last surgery and I still have redness and pain off and on. I get a little freaked out wondering if my last surgery was yet again not successful. It may only be that it’s traumatized from all the surgeries, and it just needs more time to heal. My dentist closer to home says wait a while….. thinking it is a dry socket and will heal. I have read that a dry socket (dislodged blood clot) won’t ever heal on a cavitation surgery. I would appreciate any more information you have regarding this issue. Thank you!

    • If you follow the link for “More information about diagnosing cavitation infections,” you will find your answer. Here is the link:
      I used all the methods described in this section together to determine that my cavitation was still infected. Namely: X-ray, Self Testing, AMA, and the Tooth Organ Chart.
      In your particular case, without any of these results available, it’s hard to guess. If you force me to guess, I would say yes, it’s probably still infected. Here’s why:
      1. I have yet to see a fully healed cavitation without post-op ozone injections. Sometimes the cavitation may not be bothering the person anymore, but I’ve yet to see one fully heal without post-op ozone. It may or may not bother the person later as the infection grows. Often cavitation surgery is deemed successful because the person feels better. Great! But that doesn’t mean the cavitation is gone, it just may have been reduced enough to not be a problem anymore.
      2. You are complaining about it and have pain and redness.
      Personally, if I were in your shoes, I would rush to get an ozone injection into the surgery site. At 4 weeks, it should be able to be injected directly.

      • Thank you so much for your thoughts. I will be seeing my local dentist soon and will request ozone into the site! I only had one ozone injection at the time of surgery. I did do IV ozone about three times as well as hydrogen peroxide, and felt somewhat better. It does feel like getting more injections is the right thing to do. I really appreciate your input..
        Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

  3. I’m located in Saint Louis Missouri. I’ve been having pain in my jaw for 5 years now. Had a cracked tooth removed and it’s starting to cause pain again. I have another tooth on the other side that needs to be removed, same problem. I need direction. I don’t know what to do. Whom do I see? No one seems to know about cavitation.

    • For diagnosis, you can see Dr. Simon Yu (MD) in St. Louis, MO. However, it sounds like you already know that you have dental infections. In that case, the only person I can recommend for extraction and cavitation surgery is Dr. Robert Jarvis in Santa Rosa, CA. (See previous comments for details)

  4. Hello, I also need a good cavition dentist I’m located in Connecticut
    Have been suffer for 8 months of sickness after a molar extraction.
    Could you be of any help?

    • No, sorry, I don’t know of anyone to recommend in Connecticut. If you click on the Cavitation Surgery Checklist, that should give you questions to ask and things to watch for when choosing a practitioner.

  5. Thank you for this web site, it is wonderful. You think like me. I have been on the search for years and now it is down to TEETH. I happened upon Leo Cushman of the DAMS organization and he has help me sort through to be sure I go to the best dentist, especially for cavitations. His highest of recommendations are Dr. Jarvis and Dr Michael Margolis of Mesa Az. Dr. Margolis is also a Naturalpath doctor. He offers a over the phone consult for $50, I am sure he is very expensive. So I wonder if you have heard of him?

    Also, after exceptional stress it affected my heart so a bit enlarged and now a moderate AFib. Any experience or comment? The dentist I consulted said he can’t do the dental work until I correct this condition so looking for ways as I agree with you to be plenty healthy going into oral surgery.

    Love all the details you have provided, not enough thanks for sharing your journey.

    • The only practitioner I can currently recommend is Jarvis.

      I would be curious to know if one of your wisdom teeth is impacted, infected, or has a cavitation. The wisdom teeth are on the heart meridian, so it could be that your teeth are contributing to the heart problem.

      If stress seems to be causing your heart issue, then perhaps my tips on lifestyle will be of use:

      Best wishes in your healing journey.

      • Thank you Susan for your reply. Again, I tell others of your site. I will be showing this to my 2 daughters to help with 5 grandchildren. I also want to donate as I can. Since the way you go about your health is the way I go about my health, I know the amount of work you have contributed to both your family and to those of us who care in a wholistic manner about our health. I am now 72, started my wholistic journey sort of in my twenties and gathered momentum. I am very ingrained in life style still thanks for suggestion. I have a strong constitution so as I began to have problems, well I had to “debug”. Took 20/30 years to finally discover why I had structural problems. 4 teeth out for braces as a teen and wisdom teeth in twenties. No idea till now it affects structure so my jaw is off by 10 mil. I am working with Dr. Dean Howell’s son doing neuro cranial restructuring. I really had a hard time walking so this is a great find.

        So YES, all 4 wisdom teeth sites have cavitations as I went to a biological dentist who uses the expensive machine. The root canal has infection. The sad part is when I was 21 and pg, I went to my mother-in-law’s dentist who said I have 7 cavities. I never had a cavity before or sense but now my body over time is exhausted, you and I both know why. Yes, my daughter was affected–diagnosed at emotional level of 2/3 year old when I sought help before puberty. I could do like you with a web site saying what I did for years to bring my daughter to normal. So Yes, my heart problems are linked to the wisdom teeth area, I am very confident about that.

        The stress pushed my body over the line and it was unavoidable. So now I finally know and understanding the role my teeth play in my health and have major work that needs to be done. I have been dealing with the heart issues for over 2 years unsuccessful at this point. I just love reading your journey, cuz now I have to roll my sleeves up even more, study the heart and who has what alternative treatments that are more affective then what I have tried. The exhaustion makes keeping up with life in my 70’s a very big challenge. So please continue what you are doing. I knew in my 20/30’s health care was going to be something for me to stay away from thus I promised myself to stay healthy. Well, I have mastered many things but I am tired. Your journey is something I can share with my daughters in hopes they can be better prepared when they reach 70’s. I will accept any encouragement and support you may think to share.

        Thank you Susan,

      • Thank you Susan for all your invaluable advice. I had a root canal tooth extracted by a biological dentist who, believe it or not, created a cavitation. He didn’t find a missing root that fractured off and he also didn’t tell me about a problem with my sinus- I had a sinus communication. He did everything except the most important thing as a biological dentist performing an extraction should do which is clean out the socket and ligament. He did shave down the ridge and did a single shot of saline and a shot of homeopathics into the socket. He did not clean out the socket! A different biological dentist that I saw said that maybe a problem with my sinus prevented him from cleaning it out. Wish I had known better back then! I was calling in pain and begging for help for a good month without much response. He initial said I would have to pay $700+ to see him again to determine the problem. Unbelievable!!!!
        Out of desperation, I found an oral surgeon in my city who agreed to open it up and clean it out which helped some but it still feels infected which leads me to finding an ozone therapist to help out. Not sure if I should rush out to Dr Jarvis to redo the cavitation or do the ozone first. I’m about 2 months out from the cavitation surgery. I have read that ozone can make the jawbone mushy? Is that a concern?
        Thank you for all your help!

        • At 8 weeks, I’m honestly not sure how much ozone can help. It depends on how much bone has re-grown and how much of the ozone can actually get into the site. If you look at my cavitation post-op ozone injection default plan, it stops at 10 weeks. As for the claim that ozone makes the jawbone ‘mushy’, can you give me source on that? This is the first time I’ve heard this claim. This has not been my experience with ozone after cavitation surgery. My re-grown bone is hard as a rock! As for rushing out to see Dr. Jarvis, I personally would consider it. He is officially retiring on Sept 1, 2017. However, I’m hoping he will re-open 1 day per week after that, but the waiting list is going to be even longer since he will only be working 1 day per week. At the time of writing, he is booking about 3 months out.

  6. Hi Susan,
    Thank you for the detailed information. I have a list of mysterious symptoms, which began after removing my two upper wisdom tooth, and are making my life very difficult. I’d like to try to heal via cavitation surgery. Forgive me for asking redundant questions, but I wonder if t is possible for you to let us know what the process was to find this good surgeon. I’d like to find a practitioner near the east cost because It’d be hard to continue with the post-surgery injections and due to overall expenses. Did you come across any other promising dental surgeons that you may be able to advocate for? There seems to be several of them. I found this list online:
    Dr Panahpour [seattle]
    Dr Marvin Pantangco [san diego]
    Dr Shankland [columbus ohio]
    Dr Jarvis [Santa Rosa, CA] [recommended here]
    Dr Nunnally [Marble Falls, TX]
    Dr Margolis [Mesa, AZ]

    Thanks so much,


    • I have heard of patient outcomes from the list of surgeons you have above. I am unable to go into specific details online. The summary is that the only one getting consistently good outcomes is Dr. Jarvis. Dr. Jarvis officially retired, but he is re-opening, I believe with Marin Wellness. Hope that helps.

  7. What about Dr Paul Gallo in Illinois? Also, what about Dr Blanche Grube in PA, who was mentored and trained by Hal Huggins? Dr Gallo was also recommended as an elite dentist using all of the Huggins techniques as well. I have a root canal in number 8 from an injury 33 years ago and also 6 possible cavitation from 2 wisdom teeth extractions 20 years ago and 4 extractions to make room/prep for braces 34 years ago. I also have 6 mercury fillings that need to be replaced. I cannot afford to go to a bad dentist financially, physically, or emotionally. I too have Lyme and am struggling to get better on my own. Thank you for your site!! Lora

    • Huggins trains dentists for proper amalgam removal. This doesn’t mean proper extraction for prevention of cavitations. I have no experience and have heard no stories about the practitioners you suggest. I can only recommend Dr. Jarvis in California, because he consistently has good outcomes.

  8. I been having huge health issues . I actually developed electro hyper sensitivity(EHS) I fee;l lousy around all this wireless stuff cannot live in a house with wifi … Things are getting scary with the wold going wireless everything… Anyway I did so much to regain my health but every time would end up with edema bad throughout the body. Now I had a Maryland bridge since 18yrs old had my front tooth knocked out Boxing at that age finally after reading biological dentistry books . I had the front bridge taken out as the two front teeth connect to the kidney meridian ..My edema left and as I did my detox protocols and immune products my health was coming back ..I then went to a dentist that made a cantilever bridge and my health really went downhill he also did cavitation surgery on my one back tooth and things went real bad from there …I now have alot of kidney pain the edema is back ..I’m wondering a few things number 1 if the cavitation surgery couldvbe made things worse ..2 Im wondering if I should get cavitation surgery done on that missing front tooth area ? Now that area I don’t think was ever a problem as I got better just taking the bridge out now I don’t even wear the new bridge and have edema issues the new bridge did cause severe infection on the tooth next to that missing tooth spot so my speculation is it may have caused or open up a cavitation in that area that was never there before ..My sensitivities came back and now I get severe pain throughout my right shoulder and neck area and edema is bad I think it may have cause a cavitation and this is why I have kidney pain , edema and may be causing things to back up to the liver hence the severe shoulder pain in middle of night which is indicative of liver issues ….. I have no clue of good dentist to do this .. Do you have any advice? Did you get a vitamin C IV during surgery …Is there any type of way or images x rays that show definitively you have a cavitation ?

    Thanks Derek

  9. I have had 5 cavitation surgeries. 2 on the same site. And judging by my symptoms, I need it another one . The last time it was done he said it was like a ravine and when it flairs up that is what it feels like(I also have Lyme disease, undiagnosed for many years my dr said and that was in 2004) I know ozone injections would help but I live too far away from my dentist, driving is a problem, I have to pay someone to drive because not up to it and it’s hard to find anyone who will do that for me and sometimes I am too sick from the headache and nausea to make the trip and this comes up quick, so appointments are something I like to avoid. I want to be able to inject myself with ozone, I kind of think it is the only way to fix this. I am not afraid of doing it or any pain involved, I just want my next surgery to be my last. Do you have any suggestions on what type of machine or setup I need? Do you have any videos on you doing it?Any help at all would be very much appreciated.

    • I’ve had this question a few times, and thank you for bringing it up again. I just put it on my to-write-article list. In the meantime, I just sent you a cobbled together email response. I hope that is helpful.

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