If you have Lyme disease and you’re noticing a rapid decline in your health – especially if you’ve recently had dental surgery – you could have a problem with dental cavitations. They’re not like cavities or decay in your teeth. Cavitations are problems with the bone around your teeth, and something has to be done about them.
Understanding Dental Cavitations
Simply put, dental cavitations are holes in bone that can’t be seen easily or at all. That means your dentist won’t notice them when looking around in your mouth or even looking at x-rays. They are areas of infected, decayed, abscessed or gangrenous bone tissue. And unfortunately, they often happen around the places where teeth have been extracted and around teeth that have had root canals.
If you have Lyme disease and therefore have a weakened immune system anyway, you’re at increased risk.
When you have dental cavitations, the affected bone is dead because of circulation to the area being cut off. Something has to be done about it. If it isn’t, you can have pain and experience a rapid decline in overall health. Usually, surgery is necessary to clear away the tissue that’s already dead, relieve the symptoms and prevent more bone from dying.
A Few Facts About Dental Cavitations And Lyme Disease
Lyme disease seems to complicate everything, doesn’t it? It can certainly complicate dental cavitations.
Here are some facts about cavitations that may help you understand them better:
- When a gap in bone where a tooth was extracted doesn’t fill in properly, a dental cavitation can develop. One can also develop around a tooth that has had a root canal and no longer has a healthy blood supply.
- Cavitations are not at all rare. In fact, cavitation infections are a relatively common complication from root canals and extractions, and having Lyme disease or another propensity to infection makes you more likely to develop this problem.
- Cavitations are filled with osteonecrosis – mushy, dead bone tissue – as well as bacterial infections and worse. They must be dealt with to restore health to the area and to body as a whole.
- Cavitations can be a focal point of infection that impacts the entire body, which is already weakened by Lyme disease anyway.
- Because dental cavitations can’t be seen during a routine dental examination and aren’t routinely checked for by many dentists, you may already have this issue and not know it.
- Your already compromised immune system can become much more compromised if your cavitations aren’t correctly treated.
- Lyme spirochetes can hide and breed in cavitations, allowing Lyme disease to maintain it’s hold on your body.
You Must Get Treatment For Cavitations
Cavitations must be cleaned out and allowed to health to strengthen your body and allow your immune system to regain its strength.
So many dentists won’t check for cavitations, however, and won’t believe you if you suggest that you may have this issue. It isn’t that they don’t care. It’s simply that this condition isn’t really on their radar.
At Brighton Dental, we treat dental problems holistically and consider every possibility. When you contact us for your first appointment, we listen to your concerns. We take all underlying health conditions into consideration as we treat your oral and dental health.
If your dentist isn’t listening to you or isn’t taking action with your underlying diseases and conditions in mind, it may be time for a change. The Brighton Dental team practices non-toxic holistic dentistry that works with your body for better overall health.
We’re not interested in ignoring your concerns or working against you. Let us deal with your cavitations and help you put this part of dealing with Lyme disease behind you. Call (619) 630-7174 today.