Anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, alternative to antibiotic treatment
Oxygen/Ozone therapy has been used in medicine and dentistry around the world for decades. It has a safety record that exceeds that of any pharmaceutical agent. There are hundreds of professional studies documenting oxygen/ozone therapy’s healing properties.
Making the environment inside the mouth an optimal place for healthy teeth and gums and a suboptimal place for harmful bacteria and microorganisms is what oxygen/ozone therapy can accomplish safely and effectively.
What is ozone therapy?
Ozone is O3 (3 oxygen atoms combine) and forms an energetic molecule that readily donates it’s third oxygen atom to free radicals that are usually causing damage to our bodies through oxidation. If there is ozone present in our bodies then the oxidation damage caused by these free radicals is halted because the free radicals are made stable and therefore undestructive by the extra oxygen atom given off by the ozone. Ozone is a much safer and more effective way to help treat periodontal disease, disinfect deep decay, disinfect extraction sites, and help other serious dental conditions. Ozone is an effective fungicide, bactericide, virucide, and an efficient way to eliminate parasites. It does the job of several rounds of traditional treatment at one time. Ozone helps address the entire biofilm growing in a patient’s mouth.
How does ozone therapy work?
Oxygen/ozone dentistry therapy exposes a patient’s teeth and gums to the therapy for a short time, which breaks down harmful microorganisms without harming the surrounding tissue.
How is ozone used in dentistry?
- Periodontal disease: Ozone can be used to help treat periodontal disease by using ozonated water flushed below the gum line and/or ozone gas infiltrated into the gum tissue and supporting tissues.
- Root canals: Ozone is used in all forms during root canal treatment to kill bacteria, sterilize the canal system and to stimulate faster healing. As a gas, ozone can get to places traditional liquids can’t because the gas can permeate the tiny tubules that cannot otherwise be accessed, thereby getting a truly sterile, bacteria-free root canal system before sealing the canals.
- Decay: Ozone can be used to kill decay-causing bacteria. Since ozone is a gas, it can permeate into areas below the gum line, into the grooves of teeth and over the smooth surfaces of the teeth and will kill bacteria on contact. If the decayed area, or cavity, is not too deep, then no restoration may be needed at all. If the area of decay is deeply cavitated and the bacteria is killed, then a filling can be placed often times with no need for numbing. Because ozone acts to recalcify tooth structure, areas of the tooth that have been treated with ozone are stronger than what was there before.
- Sensitivity: Because ozone can harden compromised tooth structure, flooding a sensitive area or tooth with ozone gas can effectively eliminate sensitivity. We have successfully addressed many patients’ sensitivity issues with ozone therapy.
- Safety: Ozone does not have any contraindications with other medications, therefore cross-reactions are not a concern at all. You cannot be allergic to ozone, because you cannot be allergic to oxygen.