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 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.
Dr. Simon Yu, MD “Think Dental When the Latest Medical Therapy Fails.”
Dr. Simon Yu, MD “Dental Death Trap: Murder by Dentists.”
Michelle Goldstein “ Hidden dental cavitations can cause serious illness,” Natural News, July 2014.
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