After the surgical extraction of the tooth, thorough debridement of the site is performed and the periodontal ligament is removed to aid in the complete healing of the socket site. This procedure is to prevent any post-operative jawbone infections from occurring later.

[photo of cavitation] Osteonecrosis of the jawbone, also called cavitations, are hollow places in jawbones. Dr. G.V. Black, described this cavitation process as early as 1915 where he described a progressive disease process in the jawbone which killed bone cells and produced a large cavitation area or areas within the jawbones.

The term cavitation was coined in 1930 by an orthopedic researcher to describe a disease process in which a lack of blood flow into the area produced a hole in the jawbone and other bones in the body. Cavitations often produce trigeminal neuralgia pain, headaches, and facial pain. They are common in all bones that have bone marrow and may linger for years without producing any major discomforts. Current research findings indicate that 45%-94% of all cavitational lesions are found at wisdom teeth extraction sites.

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