How Cryptolysis Works

Cryptolysis is the process of using precise medical tools to “smooth” the crypts that are located on the tonsils. May different methods currently exist in performing cryptolysis including the CO2 laser and the relatively new coblation method.

Cryptolysis is a non-invasive procedure that does not typically require general anesthesia. As previously mentioned, the procedure itself involves using lasers or radiofrequency  to reduce the amount of crypts on your oral surfaces. This procedure is typically performed on the tonsils of the patient, as that is a prevalent cause in most halitosis cases. Other bad breath causing areas of the mouth such as the gums can also undergo cryptolysis as well.

The reason why the tonsils and gums are the main target areas for cryptolysis is because they both contain deep crypts that accumulate food which begins to decompose causing the growth of sulfur producing bacteria. These particles are commonly known as “tonsil stones” and typically are associated with a foul smell. This sulfur producing bacteria is the main cause of halitosis and sore throats, this typically the first indication that a sufferer identifies.

Cryptolysis operates by eliminating the crypts on the tonsils which decreases the possibility of food and debris reducing the amount of growth of sulfur producing bacteria. This is accomplished by using a CO2 laser or radiofrequency wand to smooth out the crypts on the tonsils or gums. The procedure involves using cryptolysis to induce the formation of scar tissue in the crypts thus causing a reduced surface area in which bacteria can grow. The reduced surface prevents more food and bacteria from accumulating in the crypts, allows for traditional oral hygienic cleaning methods to be effective, and eliminates halitosis, tonsil stones and related sore throat pain.

In a clinical study done in 2004 fifty-three patients with tonsil related halitosis underwent cryptolysis with topical anesthesia. The patients were then followed up with between four to six weeks later and the results were as follows:

• 53% of the patients were able to get rid of their halitosis completely from the first session.
• 34% of the patients were able to get rid of their halitosis completely from the second session
• 9% of the patients were able to get rid of their halitosis completely from the third session


After undergoing cryptolysis 96% of the patients were completely cured from their halitosis. The other benefit of cryptolysis was that none of the patients had to miss work for extended periods of time, had to go under general anesthesia, and had to experience any type of severe discomfort that a typical tonsillectomy induces.

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