Cavitational Surgery near Dallas, TX

TMJ Plus Wellness Center provides cavitational surgery in Grapevine, TX. We treat patients from throughout the greater Dallas area. Call us at 817-481-6888 to schedule an appointment.

What is a cavitation?

Cavitations are holes in the bone that occur at the site of a tooth extraction that doesn’t heal properly, creating dead bone. Most often located in the wisdom tooth area, cavitations occur when dentists extract a tooth but leave part of the membrane behind. These cavitation lesions are like a void in the bone at the tip of the tooth that contain necrotic (dead) bone, bacteria, viruses, fungi, and even mercury.

One of the causes of cavitation is the lack of proper blood flow to the area. It is also important not to use  dental ozone to help destroy bacteria, dead cells, and clean in the pores of the bone any  lingering bacteria in the hole or cavitation to improve your total health.

Over time, the site becomes a breeding ground for bacteria and toxins, which can cause various health issues such as digestive problems, chronic fatigue, and blockages on the body’s energy meridians.

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Can cavitational surgery be an alternative to traditional root canal treatment?

For patients curious about root canals, we offer a healthier alternative. Root canals often fail to fully capture and remove the bacteria. That’s why we recommend cavitational surgery instead. This procedure will target the issue at its core and remove bacteria that’s trapped in the jaw bone.

What is cavitational surgery?

How do you treat a cavitation?

Before we remove a cavitation, we have to find the area of concern. Dr. Coats uses a special 3-D cone beam CT X-Ray to identify areas in your bone that are suspicious. We are looking for cavitations: hollow bone areas where bacteria is trapped. After we find areas of concern, we’ll review your medical history and tooth meridian chart to correlate how these cavitations might be  related to any other health concerns.

The procedure is not as invasive as you might think. We’ll use a laser specifically designed for this process, which kills pathogens and makes it possible for your bone tissue to regenerate. During the procedure, we will remove the affected bone, as well as any infected ligaments. To finish, we will rinse your mouth with ozone water, then place a bone graft, and finally cover the area with platelet rich plasma.

Before we begin a cavitation surgery, you will want to go off of any medication that can interfere with the procedure such as vitamin C or blood thinners.

Following the procedure, we will work with your health professional to help determine the best steps to promote healing, such as a Vitamin C IV.

Our team utilizes laser dentistry to greatly reduce or eliminate any discomfort or bleeding and to reduce healing time. Ozone water platelet rich plasma treatments also offer patients faster healing and less discomfort.

What are the symptoms of cavitation?

Research has shown that these bacterial waste products are extremely potent and can result in digestion problems, breast pain, thyroid issues, heart issues, chronic fatigue, general feeling of malaise, and other chronic health problems. Cavitations can also cause blockages on the body's energy meridians and can exert far-reaching impact on the overall system. While a cavitation can be causing other problems with your health, sometimes you will not experience pain if it is located next to a dead tooth, also called a root canal tooth. The infection can go unnoticed until it reaches the later stages of damage when you notice a swelling of pimple in the gums that has been created by the prolonged infection. 

What happens in my mouth if I have a tooth abscess?

The dead tooth or infection in your gums or end of your tooth causes a bacterial pool party and creates a void, or hole, in the jaw bone that is called a cavitation. Cavitations can cause facial pain but they can also be “asymptomatic” with bizarre, seemingly unrelated symptoms that are far removed from the original source of infection. This means that you could have experience pain in your head, neck, chest, but you could also have issues in the rest of your body such as your stomach, lungs, or heart.

What happens if a tooth infection goes untreated?

Left untreated, an infection can spread to your jaw and other parts of your head and neck, including your sinuses and brain. In rare cases, it can even lead to sepsis, a life-threatening complication of infection. To avoid an emergency room visit, it is imperative that you do not wait to treat a dental infection.

How is jaw bone infection diagnosed?


  1. Deep throbbing pain which may radiate to the jaw, ear or forehead
  2. Swelling or inflammation, which will feel soft initially but after a prolonged amount of time it may feel firm to the touch
  3. Non-healing necrotic bone, which may or may not be covered by inflamed oral mucosa that can appear yellow or brown and cause severe pain

How do I know if I have an infection in my jaw?

If your tooth abscess ruptures, you may experience significant pain relief, but it is vital that you still seek dental treatment. If the abscess does not drain on its own, there is a risk that the infection could spread to your jaw and other areas of your head and neck. There is also a risk that you could develop sepsis — a life-threatening infection that spreads throughout your body.

If you have an infection in your jaw, you may experience the following symptoms:

  1. Swelling in your face or cheeks
  2. Tender, swollen lymph nodes under your jaw or in your neck
  3. A foul-smelling and foul-tasting fluid in your mouth and pain relief if the abscess ruptures.
  4. Difficulty breathing or swallowing
  5. Sinus and eye pressure pain