NICO stands for „Neuralgia inducing cavitational osteonecrosis“.

This refers to chronic inflammatory areas in the jawbone (silent inflammation in the jawbone). These osteolyses in the jaw represent a typical interference field and therefore belong to the category of neuromodulatory carriers. Biological dentistry attaches particular importance to the removal of interference fields and chronic inflammations are one of the main interference fields in our body.

Unnoticed by conventional x-rays, chronic inflammations in the jaw bone often occur, mostly resulting from old, not optimally healed tooth extraction wounds, dental attachments or foreign bodies. Similar to the root-treated teeth, toxins and inflammation mediators (TNF-α, IL-1, RANTES) are formed, which can cause various symptoms elsewhere in the body – neurological (NICO) or joint problems are particularly frequent. At the Centre for Biological Dentistry, these can be diagnosed on suspicion using three-dimensional, digital volume tomography (DVT).

NICOs mainly develop after removal of wisdom teeth but can occur in every edentulous area. The cause of this is poor nutrition with a lot of sugar, wheat and cow’s milk products as well as a vitamin and nutrient deficiency: Vitamin D3 (lack of sun), zinc, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids. This deficiency frequently causes the body to become overwhelmed with healing processes – it is almost in a state of “hibernation”. It is not able to build new tissue as the nutrients to do so are simply not there.

Biologische Zahnmedizin: Gesunder Knochen

Healthy bone

Biologische Zahnmedizin: Kranker Knochen

Diseased bone

NICO is therefore a symptom of a nutrient deficiency.

Our bone healing protocol has been proven to support perioperative bone regeneration (BHP according to Dr. Dominik Nischwitz). We use this before all surgical procedures to help the body’s regeneration process.

At least 14 days before the operation, it is crucial to consume the nutrients according to the protocol.

Photos: J Oral Pathol Med 1999; 28:423.