Hello again and a warm welcome to episode number ten of Elmar´s Tooth Talk – The missing link to total health. I am Dr Elmar Jung.
Today we are discussing a phenomenon that has so far received relatively little attention among dentists. The focal infection and their appearance in the jawbone.
So, before we start, let me tell you What’s in it for you in this episode:
We talk about:
- What is a focal infection
- How to detect a focal infection
- Symptoms of a focal infection
- The main focal infections in dentistry
- How and why a focal infection develops
- Why can it be difficult to detect it
- Where else do focal infections appear
- What is a chronic jawbone infection and
- how a chronic jawbone infection develops
- Scientific proof for their existence
- Why it can be difficult to diagnose a chronic jawbone infection
- The influence jawbone necrosis can have on other organs
- How to treat a jawbone necrosis
First of all, I have to say that the term focal infection are very controversial among dental and medical professionals. They are largely dismissed as non-existent and as a real misconception. Many don’t even know about the existence of them.
Nevertheless, I can tell you from more than 25 years of experience, they do exist. I have seen root treated teeth become focal infections as well as cavitations, Fatty Degenerative Jawbone Osteonecrosis and also tonsils.
What is a focal infection?
If, for example, a root-treated tooth causes a symptom that occurs elsewhere in the body, we speak of a focal infection event.
The root canal tooth has become a focal infection.
This symptom elsewhere in the body can be the appearance of rheumatic complaints after root canal treatment. Or the occurrence of heart problems due to chronic jawbone inflammation.
Focal infection diseases are diseases whose cause cannot be found at the location of the symptom
A focal infection
- puts a permanent strain on the organism.
- makes the body more susceptible to other diseases
- reduces the self-healing powers
- is a pathological, localized change in the connective tissue with which the organism has to deal, with the help of its local and general defense systems.
Once the immune system gets overloaded, be it through internal and / or external influences, the focal infection disease begins.
This means that not every jaw infection, root canal, dead tooth or implant causes a focal infection in every person.
Rather, it depends on the constitution and the epigenetics of each person.
The history of Focal infection theory
A brief excursion into the origins of the theory of focal infection shows how the health of your mouth is related to your general health.
At the end of the 19th century, scientists were of the opinion that oral microorganisms are involved in other diseases that are not obviously caused by infections, such as arthritis or heart disease.
Frank Billings, an American professor at the University of Chicago, published his book “Focal Infections” in 1916. In this book he describes that focal infections are mostly localized in the head area, but can also occur in any other organ or tissue.
Another brilliant scientist, Dr Edward Carl Rosenow, demonstrated that bacterial toxins from inflamed teeth in humans, implanted in dogs’ teeth, caused 100% the same reactions as previously in the human from whom the bacterial toxins were extracted.
This is exactly what Weston A. Price has discovered at about the same time.
But why does the rigorous removal of all inflamed teeth not always result in the healing success?
Pischinger’s System of Base Regulation
The reason for this was that at that time nothing was known about the pioneering discoveries of the Viennese doctor Alfred Pischinger (1899 – 1983), which he presented in 1975. Pischinger discovered peculiarities in connective tissue, which he called the system of “Grund-Regulation” Ground Regulation and which represents the human body as a self-regulating system.
With his “system of Ground Regulation”, Pischinger recognized the largest coherent organ that runs through our entire body, the Ground system or extracellular matrix.
The most important finding was that it is precisely in this Ground system that the actual regulation, the control function of life, such as body temperature, metabolism, pH value, and so on takes place and not, as previously assumed in the individual cell,.
In a healthy person, the supply of cells by the Groundsystem works perfectly. All waste materials are easily removed and disposed of.
However, if pollutants and toxins accumulate in the base system, after a while the regulatory system can no longer perform its detoxification function properly.
It becomes increasingly exhausted and is ultimately blocked. The organism then becomes susceptible to malfunction and illness.
The bucket has overflowed, so to speak.
Pischinger’s knowledge can also be used to understand why the removal of a tooth- or jawbone infection is often unsuccessful if the surrounding blocked basic system is not treated.
Just like the finest control processes run invisibly and inaudibly in a computer, you can also imagine the human organism as a highly networked and controlled system with its trillion cells and diverse connections of its individual parts.
This means that we are not dealing with a simple cause-and-effect principle, but with a highly complex and fine-tuned system that of course reacts differently in each person.
Life always means reacting to stimuli. And only if the body reacts correctly to the stimulus is it healthy. How the body reacts to each stimulus determines whether it stays healthy or becomes sick.
A focal infection can disrupt this stimulus response, thus reducing the ability to regulate and ultimately triggering a disease, the so-called focal infection disease at a location away from the focal infection,
This again makes it clear that potential focal infections can be tolerated or compensated for by a person with a stable immune system, while complaints and illnesses can occur in a person with a weakened, previously damaged immune system.
The same illness makes one person sick while another person can live with it.
Unfortunately, in today’s world, many people are exposed to so many different pollutants and toxins that their immune system is already damaged.
It is therefore not surprising that the number of people suffering from chronic diseases is increasing.
How does the doctor or dentist detect a focal infection?
The focal infection search is about finding the relationship between the symptom be it pain or any kind of discomfort and the actual trigger.
Priority is the detailed medical history and the examination where supposedly unrelated connections can be discovered. Such as the pain in the knee started about six months after I had my root canal.
Focal Infection Diagnostics
However, a few special features apply to focal infection diagnostics.
- are usually painless, so called silent infections or inflammation
- often show changing symptoms
- are often not recognizable through normal laboratory tests. Also nowadays we know that a special pro-inflammatory marker called RANTES or CCL5 is elevated in an active focal infection.
- are usually not found at the location of the pain
- rarely show redness, swelling, pus or an increase in temperature
- do not necessarily need bacteria as the cause
- in the jawbone are often not recognizable on the X-ray image
- in the jawbone often require additional test methods such as the CaviTAU scan
There are several areas to consider when searching for a focal infection.
One such area is the energetic interrelation between teeth or jawbone and organs as described by Dr. Voll, a medical doctor and the dentist Dr. Kramer.
You can see the Tooth-Organ Chart on my website www.dr-elmar-jung.com. And if you want to tell your friends in Spain, Portugal, France or China about the tooth chart, it comes in these languages too.
On this tooth chart you can see the relationships of the individual teeth and the organs, joints, glands, spinal cord segments connected to them. The basis for these connections is the meridian system.
Meridians are “channels” or energy path ways in which, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and scientifically proven, life energy (Qi) flows through the body.
Why you should keep this information in mind?
If a disease, especially a chronic illness, cannot be influenced by any treatment or if it appears again after supposed healing this could be caused by a focal infection.
Think of Focal infection if any of the following diseases or symptoms occur:
– Any form of rheumatism
– Migraines and headaches
– Chronic fatigue
– Increased sensitivity to chemical products
– Skin rashes
– Heart disease
– Pain and discomfort in joints and muscles
– Feeling sick (tired, burnt out, overwhelmed, weather sensitive) without the doctor finding anything
– nerve pain, supposedly without cause
The list is certainly incomplete, but I think you get a feel for what I mean.
It is often a gut feeling that tells us, “Something isn’t quite right”, even if your GP, medical practitioner or other health care provider want to convince you otherwise or thinks that you are only imagining it.
Kind of “It’s all in your head”
To identify if you suffer from a focal infection in your teeth and or jawbone here are areas where they can develop.
What are the main focal infections in teeth and jawbone area?
– in dead teeth,
– Root treated teeth
– misaligned teeth, especially wisdom teeth
– if a root was fractured during extraction and remained in the jawbone,
– metals in crowns, bridges and fillings,
– from orthodontic treatments, if for example the movement of the teeth went to fast or with
too much force
– chronic inflammation of the tooth nerve
However, the main areas where focal infections develop are in areas of previous tooth extraction and especially in the wisdom tooth area.
Where else do focal infections occur?
Focal infections are not only found in teeth and jawbones. Inflamed tonsils or sinuses can also become focal infections. Likewise, bowel diseases, chronic appendicitis or scars.
Focal infection in JAWBONE
Now let us have a closer look in the areas where focal infections are developing the most. In the jawbone.
They come with different names such as cavitation, Fatty Degenerative Osteonecrosis of jawbone (FDOJ), Jawbone ostitis, Ratner lesion, Ratner bone cavity chronic jawbone necrosis, chronic osteomyelitis, osteonecrosis, osteolysis or chronic ischemic bone disease (CIBD), or if the infection causes a lot of pain it could be a Neuralgia Inducing Cavitational Osteonecrosis called NICO.
The term NICO was coined by the American pathologist Professor Jerry Bouquot in 1955.
Although most focal infections stem from the mouth it is not only relatively unknown by dentists but also very controversially discussed amongst the once you have heard about it.
Definition of a FDOJ
According to my dear colleague Dr Johann Lechner from Munich, who is arguably one of the most distinguished and deserving holistic dentists in Germany and as far as I am aware of, the only dentist in private practice who is continuously researching in the field of Fatty Degenerative Osteonecrosis of jawbone, FDOJ.
It was Dr Lechner who termed the phrase FDOJ, and he describes a cavitation as an encapsulated area of the jawbone with concentrated poisons and dead, inflamed tissue.
Because symptoms are rarely present, FDOJ can be present and spread in the jawbone for many years and decades.
That makes them a very insidious disease.
Of course, the sceptics asks: Is there any scientific evidence for the existence of the FDOJ?
Almost 150 years before Dr Lechner started to present his ground breaking research Jawbone ostitis was first mentioned in 1848 in an American textbook by Dr. Thomas Bond by the title of “A practical treatise on dentistry”
Bond recommended the removal of the diseased jawbone as the treatment of choice for the treatment of jaw ostitis
Source: Biological Dental Health
The father of modern dentistry G.V. Black has dedicated a separate chapter to this disease in his 1915 book “Work on Special Dental Pathology”.
Black describes the lesion with the name of the jawbone cavity, from which the name “Cavitation” probably arose later.
Back then Black was wondering how a cavitation can destroy so much bone without causing redness, pus or swelling, without increasing body temperature and, in most cases, without causing any kind of pain.
What was his recommended treatment? Remove the diseased bone.
Further research was carried out at universities in France, US and Denmark in the 1950s and 1960s.
The concept of jawbone ostitis was also supported in the extensive textbook “Osteonecrosis, Cause, Diagnosis and Treatment” of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
The American doctor Patrick Störtebecker demonstrated in 1986 that root-treated teeth and other tooth-related focal infections can increase diseases such as multiple sclerosis, brain tumours, schizophrenia, epilepsy and other neurological diseases
One of the most distinguished researchers in the field of jawbone ostitis is the aforementioned American pathologist Professor Jerry Bouquot, who has carried out extensive examinations and has unequivocally demonstrated the existence of cavitations.
There are now more than 800 publications on the topic of chronic jawbone ostitis and around 50 research projects on the same subject, all published in renowned scientific journals.
In my dental practice I see patients with jawbone necrosis every week.
What causes jawbone necrosis?
It is often claimed that jawbone necrosis is caused by not removing the so-called periodontal ligament. The periodontal ligament is the fibre apparatus that anchors the tooth in the bone.
This is certainly a very decisive factor, and it is not the only cause.
As is so often the case in nature and in the human organism, the development of a disease is rarely an event that has only one cause.
It is the same with jawbone necrosis. It is the result of many local, systemic and energetic events that ultimately lead to a reduced blood supply, to a dying and rotting bone marrow.
Here is a list of factors that can be responsible for the development of jawbone necrosis:
– A severe infection in the jawbone
– A congenital or acquired blood clotting disorder
– The use of cortisone before or after tooth extraction
– Long-term use of certain pain killers
– the use of Bisphosphonates
– Tobacco or nicotine consumption that can hinder bone healing
– Chemotherapy or radiotherapy
– The presence of heavy metals such as mercury, silver, copper or iron
– Thyroid malfunction
– Trauma from dental surgery
– A chronic of severe trauma, be it spiritual, mental, emotional or physical, from which the patient has not recovered.
– A weakened immune system or
– Chronic diseases
What does chronic jawbone necrosis look like?
I copied a photo of an infected jawbone in the transcript
Source: Biological Dental Health
How to detect chronic jawbone necrosis?
Finding and diagnosing jawbone necrosis, even on x-rays, can be difficult and therefore they often remain undetected.
A great additional evaluation tool is the ultrasound device “CaviTAU”, which simply put, tests for jawbone density and therefore jawbone quality.
Our practice in Southampton was the first private practice worldwide to be trained and certified to offer this fantastic tool from its inventor Dr Johann Lechner. I just had to add this as a little promo for ourselves.
Bio-energetic test methods such as PrevenTest or Light-Kinesilogy are important to check for other underlying causes such as emotional, mental or Ground system blocks or traumas.
It is of utmost importance to detect and remove these blocks if your aim is good and permanent healing after surgery.
How common is chronic jawbone necrosis?
Most commonly jawbone necrosis develops after tooth removal, especially after wisdom teeth have been removed.
An investigation by Dr. Thomas Levy and Dr. Hal Huggins revealed that jawbone necrosis developed in 88% of cases after wisdom tooth removal. And in more than 75% of all other tooth extractions.
They also found that the smaller the tooth, the less likely it is that a jawbone necrosis develops.
How to treat chronic jawbone necrosis successfully?
A successful treatment of chronic jawbone necrosis has so far only been possible by surgical cleaning of the affected bone area.
This is best supported by using ozone gas and the patient’s own blood which is centrifuged and then placed into the hollow jawbone area.
Our treatment protocol adds vitamin C infusions, naturopathic remedies and individually tailored nutritional supplements.
Of course, the hoped-for success cannot be guaranteed. Success is as I already mentioned crucially dependent on the patient’s cooperation and lifestyle (especially proper nutrition, vitamin and mineral intake, sufficient exercise, avoiding sugar and electro-smog) and the underlying cause (psychological, mental, emotional).
However, it can be said that even if the patient does not experience any change, the removal of chronic jawbone necrosis means an enormous relief for the body.
It is often this relief in particular that represents the first step in restoring self-healing powers and thus clears the way for recovery.
How can chronic jawbone necrosis affect your overall health?
Any illness, especially a chronic illness, can be worsened by a jawbone necrosis and it can prevent the illness from healing
The effects of jawbone necrosis on your health can vary widely. They range from shoulder-arm problems, walking disorders and back pain to facial pain, rheumatism, migraines to chronic fatigue, ME or high blood pressure to name just a few.
Jawbone necrosis are becoming increasingly more common. Therefore, be aware of the possible symptoms and know to whom to turn to if you suspect that you might have a jawbone necrosis.
Ok, we have come to the end of this episode. I really enjoyed this one. Thanks for tuning in.
I trust you got some pebbles of wisdom from it and you join in again next week.
If you like to read this episode, you’ll find a transcript of all episodes on my website.
And here is why you want to listen to next week’s episode.
Because it is all about children. In particular about braces for children.
Why conventional orthodontic treatment starts far too late. Actually, many years too late.
Why conventional orthodontic treatment starts with traumatic tooth extractions. Extraction of healthy adult teeth.
Why orthodontic treatment always carries on with retainers.
And How you can avoid all of this.
So, tune in next time to: Elmar´s Tooth Talk – The missing link to total health. Bye for now.