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So what is a Cavitation exactly?

Cavitations are becoming a popular topic and “buzzword” within the dental and functional medicine community.

 Cavitations are also a controversial topic since so few practitioners have a solid understanding of the causes, maladies and appropriate treatment for such a condition. There’s no doubt this entity will become more widely recognized by “modern medicine” in the near future, but at this point the full extent of the causes and treatment for cavitations is still being investigated.

So what is a cavitation exactly?

Simply put, a cavitation is a hole in the jawbone that is chronically inflamed, infected or necrotic(containing dead or nonviable bone).  They are often associated with areas where infected teeth have already been removed, existing infected teeth exists, or previously infected teeth treated with endodontic therapy exists. Older Wisdom tooth extraction sites are also a common location.  Cavitations are also seen in other bones of the body and are therefore not solely associated with dental conditions.  Another reason it is controversial is that many dental practitioners may be overlooking these lesions allowing them to progress and worsen the condition of the jaws all while continuing deleterious affects of  the overall health and wellbeing of the patient, and discomfort of the jaws.   Typically, 75% of jaw bone cavitations are found at sites of prior tooth extractions. (

 So why are we just now hearing about cavitations?

Despite the seemingly new awareness of cavitations, they have been cited in medical literature since the early 1900’s by G.V. Black(who is considered the father of modern dentistry).

 Why is it they are just now gaining prominence in modern medicine?

Cavitations have been hard to recognize and diagnose with standard x-rays. On a normal x-ray, the infected bone can still appear to be normal to the untrained eye. In some cases, a cavitation or other bone lesions and destruction can be impossible to see by x-ray until 30-50% of the jawbone is destroyed.( Today, with the newest technology known as a Cone Beam Scan, or CBCT, a 3-D image of the jaw makes it very easy to see what is actually going on within the bone. Additionally, cavitations may often have minimal impacts on one’s dental health while their systemic health issues are further compromised from this threat.  This is why they are commonly referred to as the “Silent Infection”.  Until recently, few clinicians were looking for them and even fewer were asking about them. A cavitation is not going to kill you outright, it’s not like being septic with a blood infection. It’s a low grade infection in the jawbone that grows over time. The anaerobic bacteria in the necrotic bone slowly release potent toxins that can cause a myriad of complications and effects.( Some of the most common effects of cavitations are neuralgia, sinus infections, tooth pain, jaw pain,  headaches, and migraines. Oral bacteria is also recognized and documented  for causing heart, liver, kidney, and immune system dysfunction. ( Basically, cavitations keep your immune system on alert and ‘running’ all the time.  The full extent of their effects are still being debated and understood, but it is plausible to say that a cavitation is taking precious resources from your immune system that could be used to fight battles elsewhere.

 How a cavitation is best treated varies with the situation.

 Surgical interventions are generally reserved for extensive and symptomatic lesions with apparent health complications resulting from the cavitation. Surgical intervention is not always a necessary first course of action, but possibly so depending on the size and extent. There are non-invasive therapies using ozone, therapeutic lasers, and Platelet Rich Plasma or Fibrin protocols that may be a better solution for milder or less symptomatic situations.  If surgical intervention is necessary, the procedure is akin to having your wisdom teeth removed with an often less traumatic recovery. The doctor will go to the site of the infection and remove the overlying jaw bone to access the area that is necrotic and remove the unhealthy tissue, cleanse the area with ozone, fill the area with Platelet-Rich plasma “PRP”  and “PRF” (platelet rich products from the patients own blood to help start healing and ward off additional infection), and then suture the gums back over the operated site. It can be a fairly uncomplicated procedure but the area of involvement dictates the extensiveness required to debride and can be done with IV sedation or just local anesthesia depending upon the patients level of apprehension and number of sites to be treated.

 As with all healthcare concerns “prevention is the best medicine”.   Avoiding cavitations when possible is the best option.  This is done by having the residual sockets addressed when unhealthy teeth are necessary to be removed This often involves finding using a dentist that recognizes and utilizes the newest methods of oral surgery and dentistry. Obviously, for many struggling from dental work done decades ago, that is not an option, but a list of skilled and informed biologic dentists you can turn to can be found on (International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicity)

 Dr. Ted Reese is the current chairman of the IAOMT, Jaw Bone Pathology committee.



New 3D X-Ray Uses Ultra-Low Dose of Radiation

Indianapolis Low-Radiation X-Rays
Indianapolis Low-Radiation X-Rays

Indianapolis Dentistry has recently installed a new 3D x-ray machine that not only takes incredible 3D images, but does it with an ultra-low dose of radiation. Digital X-Rays Just Got Better

Radiation safety in the dental office has always been important to Ted Reese, DDS, MAGD, an Indianapolis holistic dentist. Dr. Reese already had low-radiation x-rays, but now they use even less radiation.

X-Rays for Geriatric patients and Children

In addition to lower radiation, the new x-ray machine also has benefits for people who sometimes gag on 'bitewing' x-rays by using a new kind of bitewing x-ray that happens outside your mouth for more comfort.

Why does Dr. Reese take X-Rays?

Dr. Reese takes x-rays to determine the best treatment plan so that patients don't have to go somewhere else for those all-important scans. But beyond that, Dr. Reese and his team use the scans as an educational tool.

How do I know it's less radiation?

A new case study performed by J.B. Ludlow and J. Koivisto has found that dentists can reduce the amount of patient radiation without losing the diagnostic quality of images. This research is published in the April issue of Journal of the International Association of Dental Research.

The study found that using the Ultra-Low Dose (ULD) protocol resulted in an average of 77% reduction in radiation exposure when compared with standard imaging protocols while no “statistical reduction in image quality between ULD and standard protocols" was found.

“In my opinion, the ULD images acquired by the Planmeca ProMax in this study meet the standards of the ALARA radiation safety principle as well as the Image Gently campaign,” comments Dr. Jack Fisher, professor of dentistry and orthodontics at Vanderbilt University School of Dentistry. “Why would anyone take a 2D image with this amount of exposure when they can get a 3D image with excellent diagnostic quality at an ultra-low dose of radiation?”

Holistic Dentristy And The Whole Body Perspective

Joy shares her perspective on Holistic Dentistry. "Holistic Dentistry to me means ‘whole body dentistry’. Years ago, dentists used to feel like the mouth was a separate entity from the rest of the body and didn’t really affect what was going on in the rest of the body.

Recent studies have shown that what a lot of times starts in the mouth is really perpetrated through the whole body and affects the whole body from gum disease to chemicals you’re ingesting (the fluoride for instance you’re having after a cleaning, hygiene appointment).

As I did some research and studied, I realized how important having that whole-body sense of holistic dentistry was to myself and my family.” Joy is a holistic-minded mother of 5 who is currently studying to become a Naturopathic Medical Doctor. She is also married to Dr. Reese.

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Red Wine: Good or Bad for Teeth?

This past summer Medical News TodayHuffington Post and other media outlets covered a story about how red wine may prevent cavities based on a laboratory study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. The researchers reported that red wine and red wine without alcohol inhibit the growth of certain bacteria found in oral biofilm. Red Wine for Teeth

The researchers reported that red wine and dealcoholized red wine were effective in limiting growth of certain types of bacteria, but not in any practical way. You'd have to swish it in your mouth for two minutes every seven hours for seven days for it to be effective, but doing so would likely stain your teeth and harm your enamel (wine is acidic).

Alternatives to Red Wine for Preventing Cavities

You don't have to swish red wine to prevent cavities. First start by reducing the amount of sugary food you eat, then make sure you're brushing and flossing regularly, and then make sure you're getting the daily nutrition you need to keep your body healthy. If you still want to swish, consider oil pulling with coconut oil.

What is Natural Dentistry?

Natural dentistry is just another word for holistic or biological dentistry. It's based on the idea that the body should be treated as a whole, not by it's parts. This is why holistic dentistry is also sometimes called whole body dentistry. Natural Dentistry

A natural dentist knows that the mouth is connected to the body and takes great effort to not introduce toxins into the body. When it's unavoidable, such as during an amalgam removal, Vitamin-c treatment is used to capture free radicals.

X-rays and fluoride treatments should always be optional at a natural dentist. Dr. Reese does use x-rays, but they are low-radiation and you can always opt-out if you wish. He doesn't use fluoride by default, but you can opt-in if you wish.

When alternative, biomimetic treatments are available, a natural dentist will prefer to use those over more invasive treatments. Examples include using ozone therapy to disinfect and air abrasion instead of drilling - both are pain-free.

A natural dentist may also recommend dental implants over a more traditional bridge or dentures because of how it builds up the structures of the mouth rather than wearing them down. Dental implants are maintained like normal teeth.

Natural dentist offices may also include probiotics and other supplements. Dr. Reese, a natural dentist, offers a wide variety of natural dental products from Tooth and Gums Tonic to Advanced Naturals probiotics to Skinny Coconut Oil.

If you're in the Indianapolis area and in need of a natural dentist who practices holistic dentistry, consider Dr. Reese. He's a general dentist who does everything from dental implants to oral surgery to orthodontics in a safe, caring environment.


Is Holistic Dentistry Safe?

We encounter this question a lot whenever we say Dr. Reese is a holistic dentist and we practice holistic dentistry at Indianapolis Dentistry. We can trace this uncertainty to common myths about holistic dentistry, some even going as far as acquainting it to "quack medicine". Indianapolis Holistic Dentistry

Holistic dentistry is a practice that uses safe, non toxic methods of caring for your oral health.  It covers the same areas as traditional dentistry but works with the entire body in order to ensure optimal health.

Holistic dentistry is viewing oral health in relationship towards overall health. We do not just treat the symptoms patients experience, we get down to the cause of that symptom and make proper recommendations.

Since we don’t just treat problems but identify causes, Holistic Dentistry is better for patients.

The goal of holistic dentistry (whole-body dentistry) is to provide thorough care, using biocompatible dental materials, minimally invasive procedures, and recommendations with the intention to prevent future disease, discomfort, and damage. A holistic dentist is often referred to as an organic dentist, a green dentist or an integrative dentist. A holistic dentist doesn’t really differ much from a traditional dentist except for a few points we have highlighted in this post.

Is holistic dentistry safe?

Yes, holistic dentistry is very safe.

You can even say it is safer than traditional dentistry because holistic dentists like Dr. Reese use state-of-the-art dental technology combined with the knowledge and concerns for your entire body health. You can read more about holistic dentistry services we provide at Indianapolis Dentistry:

Dr. Reese is a holistic dentist that provides a minimally invasive approach to dentistry that considers the whole body’s health. He is also a member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) whose goal is, “to always seek the safest, least toxic way to accomplish the mission of treatment.” An IAOMT dentist is knowledgeable in modern techniques of proper mercury removal, stays current with the latest research, and works in conjunction with physicians knowledgeable in testing for and detoxifying mercury.

You will find Indianapolis Dentistry to be a very comfortable place – it even feels like a spa! Call 317-882-0228 to schedule an appointment.

What is Biological Dentistry?

According to the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine, "biological dentistry is concerned with the whole body effects of all dental materials, techniques and procedures." It insists that all clinical practice be designed of components that sustain life or improve the patient’s quality of life.

How does biological dentistry differ from general dentistry?

Like holistic dentistry that has long established the relationship between the mouth and the rest of the body and the effects of oral health towards overall health, biological dentistry is based on the unity of the best clinical practices and technologies of Western dental medicine with a wide array of practices.

When you talk about biological dentistry, the words "holistic" and "biomimetic" also come to mind. Sharing similarities but essentially different, biological dentistry is concerned with effect of dental practices towards the whole body – not only on the patient but also the practitioner (dentist or dental staff).

The difference is that biomimetic dentistry concerns itself with the natural reconstruction of teeth using natural composites, while Holistic dentistry studies the effects of dental health towards overall health. You can say biological dentistry and holistic dentistry are similar but the latter is more encompassing.

How do you know who is a biological dentist?

Biological dentists can be any type of dentist. They may be general dentists, periodontists, orthodontists, oral surgeons or pedodontists. They also have extensive training in dental toxicology and specific modes of healing, including Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Ayurveda, herbology, homeopathy, iridology and energy medicine.

Biological dentists also share a belief in the Hippocratic oath that dictates: “First, do no harm. “

Otherwise called holistic dentists, they more likely treat causes of symptoms rather than symptoms toward the goal of restoring and sustaining health.

What are the trademark beliefs of biological dentistry?

Biological dentistry is conservative. The aim is to be minimally invasive yet appropriately active.

  1. Recognizing the close connection between dental health and such areas as nutrition, body structure such as problems in the dental arch and the temporo-mandibular joint structure, the cranio-sacral fluid system of the body, the immune system and the central nervous system.
  2. Care with regard to the materials used in dental fillings.  Do not use mercury amalgam or nickel in any form.
  3. Recognizing that most root canal procedures cause infection that is very harmful.  I do not recommend root canals ever.
  4. Recognizing the problem of cavitations, which are pockets of infection left over from old dental procedures.
  5. Recognizing that gum disease or periodontitis can be handled with natural methods, particularly nutritional balancing, and should not require surgery. (source)

We Practice Holistic Dentistry

Our belief in holistic dentistry goes beyond practicing mercury-free fillings, ozone therapy and fluoride-free dental cleanings. Dr. Reese is an active member of the AOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology) – an association of dentists who believe in showing scientific proof in the safety or hazard of dental practices. Our Indianapolis Dentistry clinic takes pride in its spa-like amenities allowing our patients to have a comfortable, anxiety-free visit.

Experience how we take care of our patients - Call 317-882-0228 to schedule your appointment today!

Debunking Some Myths about Holistic Dentistry

We will clarify some myths about holistic dentistry in this article. Myth: Holistic dentistry is just like quack medicine. Fact: Holistic dentistry IS dentistry; but instead of focusing on oral health alone, it sees oral health in view of the overall health of the body. It also practices safety procedures for both the patient and dental staff and uses biocompatible resources to treat dental problems.

Debunking Myths About Holistic DentistryThose who practice holistic, toxin-free dentistry are often labeled “quacks.” This is not true. Originally, a “quack” was a dentist who used toxic fillings. In 1848, the American Society of Dental Surgeons required its members to pledge not to use toxins in filling material. When member dentists in New York City used toxins, they were suspended for malpractice according to Morton Walker, D.P.M. (author of Elements of Danger and 70 other books related to holistic health).

Myth: Holistic dentistry is toxin-free dentistry. Fact: While holistic dentistry employs the use of biocompatible fillings for patients, it encompasses more than that. Holistic dentists have a broader commitment to patient health, safety, and wellbeing. For example, a holistic dentist will choose the most conservative procedures possible to preserve your natural teeth. When restorations are necessary, he uses the most biocompatible materials available.

But yes, holistic dentistry follows strict protocol for removal of toxic fillings in order to minimize your exposure to toxins. We adhere to guidelines of the IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology), and the IAMFD (International Academy of Mercury Safe Dentists).

Myth: Holistic dentistry is not a science. Fact: Holistic dentistry is a science.

While holistic dentistry is not a dental specialty, it is still dentistry and dentistry is a science. Holistic dentists are committed to safety, so much so that we take more precautions than others deem necessary. When science reveals a potential threat to patient safety, a holistic dentist eliminates that threat from his or her practice.

Finding a Holistic Dentist in Indianapolis

Dr. Reese is a holistic dentist practicing in Indianapolis and he follows safety protocols developed by the International Academy of Mercury Safe Dentists and the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology. Dr. Reese and his staff at the Indianapolis Dentistry Clinic do not use dental materials containing mercury and they exhaust all possible means to keep your teeth in its most natural state. We are proud to be offering a state-of-the-art dental office combined with the knowledge and concerns for your entire body health.

Our office is diligent in adhering to stringent guidelines in removing old mercury fillings to avoid any further body contamination from this toxin. Fluoride-free prevention and cleanings are also offered and we use low-radiation, digital x-rays. Most of our restorative material is metal-free or only of high grade, biological inert, precious metals when absolutely needed. Options for entirely metal-free prosthetics are also available for those with known or suspected intolerances.

Call (317) 882-0228 to make an appointment at our Indianapolis dental office, located just north of Greenwood, Indiana on US 31 in Southport.