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Most people have 32 teeth, however some can have more (called supernumery) and others can have less.

Oral Surgery Services

Cavitation/Osteitis Curettage

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Bone cavitations can be diagnosed by x-rays, kinesology, ultrasonics and electroacupuncture. Should such a diagnosis be made treatment of the area is usually fairly straightforward. Access to the area is made by lifting back the gum and removing the hard outer cortical bone. Curettes are then used to remove all softened areas of cancellous (inner) bone. The area is then irrigated with plain anaesthetic and sutured closed. Healing is usually better than extractions.

Gingivectomy (Gum Lifts)

Performing a gingivectomy is quick and relatively painless. Firstly a local anesthetic is applied to completely numb the area of the gums. A small incision is made and the excess gum tissue is removed using a dental tool. A periodontal dressing covers the teeth and gums post-surgery to protect them while fully healing. This takes a few weeks, but after that the gum is completely free of pain.

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Mercury Tattoo Removal

Teeth Upper Jaw
Teeth Upper Jaw
Teeth Upper Jaw
Teeth Upper Jaw

A mercury amalgam tattoo is a bluish discolouration created when a piece or pieces of amalgam drop into bone or cuts in the gum during extractions or fillings and become submerged.

They are perhaps my biggest cause of failure with mercury detoxification. It is clear that all amalgam needs to be removed to enable the body to release its mercury stores. The body makes no distinction between amalgam in teeth or in the gum.

Unfortunately small amounts rarely show on x-rays and, if more than several millimeters deep, do not show in the gum. I have noticed that they do often surface 3-4 years post amalgam removal. If I see them at a check-up we remove them (and start the mercury detoxification process again).

Removal requires surgical excision. Most are very minor, yet some require extensive bone curettage.

They are essential to remove to facilitate mercury detoxification.

In 1990 in my first year of this work I was treating a lady for cavitations/osteitis. She had no teeth for 34 years and in my inexperience did not consider mercury to be an issue. Whilst lifting back the gum I noticed a blue spot and thought amalgam. I excised it and proceeded with the osteitis curettage, giving the ‘blue spot’ no more thought.

The following day the patient rang with severe symptoms of unmanaged mercury detoxification. I then remembered the tattoo and realized it was her last amalgam. I placed her on the detox program and she was improving within 24 hours and better than ever in a week. In other words one small piece of amalgam had kept all the body stores of mercury intact for 34 years.

P.S. And the dentist learned that every bit of amalgam counts!

Teeth Extractions

Teeth Extraction Procedure
Teeth Extraction Procedure
Teeth Extraction Procedure
Teeth Extraction Procedure

Most people consider tooth removal a simple procedure with no consequences except pain and tooth loss. This is not so.

A poorly healed extraction site can leave residual, life long problems due to the formation of bony cavitations or osteitis.

Due to our position on root filled and dead teeth we do more extractions than conventional practises.

What are the differences with conventional procedures?

  • All extractions are surgical. This means that in all cases we mobilize the soft tissue and reshape the hard tissue (bone) to achieve primary wound closure. This means that we manipulate the gum to cover the socket. All wounds anywhere in the body heal better if covered. The cavity left by a molar has a slightly larger area than a $2 coin (and is much deeper). A wound on your arm that big would require sutures (stitches), we contend that the mouth is no different. Covering the wound helps protect the blood clot.
    We also remove some of the bone in the socket (curettage). This creates bleeding which helps form a well developed blood clot in the socket (essential for healing) and perturbs and removes the toxic bone around dead teeth.
  • We use homoeopathics post surgically to speed up healing. Occasionally we inject remedies into the sockets (e.g. Notokehl, Arthokehla).
  • All wounds are injected or irrigated with plain local anaesthetic post surgically. This is a technique called Neural Therapy. We do this to help healing, prevent infection, reduce post surgical pain and most significantly help prevent the generation of cavitations and neurologically significant scars (see Neural therapy).

The result: most patients experience significantly less pain than the conventional technique for smaller teeth frequently no pain control (analgesics) are needed. For more significant procedures for example wisdom teeth, there seems to be a 60-70 % reduction in post-surgical pain.

Other Considerations

Poorly healed extraction sites can generate cavitations or osteitis in the bone. Frequently the disturbances created follows acupuncture meridians. Therefore, as an example, wisdom teeth can affect heart, low back and energy metabolism. These we have had occasional patients resolve unexplained heart disturbances and fatigue problems by retreating poorly healed extraction wisdom teeth sites.

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Periodontal Ligament Removal

Removing the periodontal ligament post extraction

We get many people asking us do we remove all the periodontal ligament post extraction. The answer is no. The guideline that it be completely removed is ubiquitous on the internet and has been an article of faith to many since at least 1989 when I first read it. None of the doctors who taught me have advocated total removal of the ligament and I have not done so since 1990.

What I do is remove much of it. The aim being to damage the bone in the socket (so that it remodels and repairs which then removes “toxins”). I also wish to make the area bleed so the socket fills with blood to allow socket repair and more importantly to allow the immune system to act on the area and any toxic material.

Removing the whole ligament has conse quences. In the aesthetic zone (areas you can see) it will create unsightly hollow areas above the teeth. In the lower molars you risk nerve damage that can create indefinite numbness or pain. In the upper molar area you can easily perforate the sinus.

The statement that all must be removed is a myth with big possible consequences. Like most things a middle path (partial removal) is optimal.