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Cavitation Surgeries

cavitation-02Cavitations are non-healing voids in the jawbone usually associated with a prior tooth removal or trauma to the area. The lack of a healthy blood flow through the jawbone allows a chronic bacterial infection to set in. This places a burden on an individuals health.

The only available treatment for cavitations at this time is surgical removal. Standard medications or drugs cannot reach these lesions, since they require the bloodstream to carry them to the affected areas. Even homeopathic remedies will only work best during the healing process once the lesion is removed and the blood flow is re-established.

The surgery basically consists of an incision in the gum to expose the defect in the bone, and the scraping the area clean (debridement) to remove the unhealthy and/or diseased tooth and bone. Both hand and rotary instruments are used with sterile saline irrigation to remove the diseased tissue from the site, and then it is sutured closed.

Appropriate medications are prescribed, and written post-operative home care instructions are given. Because of the virulence of the disease process in the cavitation areas, it is sometimes necessary to repeat the surgical intervention to completely heal the lesion.

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