WHAT IS OZONE?
Ozone is an activated form of oxygen where there are actually three atoms of oxygen attached together. Ozone is far more energetic and oxidative than oxygen, which is what makes it so valuable to us for many applications.
Oxygen/Ozone therapy has been used in medicine and dentistry around the world for decades. There are hundreds of professional studies documenting oxygen/ozone therapy’s healing properties. During the first world war doctors familiar with ozone’s antibacterial properties, applied it topically to infected wounds and discovered ozone not only remedied infection, but also had hemodynamic and anti-inflammatory properties.
HOW DOES OZONE WORK?
Oxygen/ozone therapy in the context of dentistry exposes a patient’s teeth and gums to the ozone for a very short time, breaking down harmful microorganisms without harming surrounding tissue.
USES 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 can be used during root canal treatments to kill bacteria, sterilize the canal system and to stimulate faster healing.
•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. Because ozone acts to re-calcify 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. Patients’ sensitivity issues can be addressed successfully 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.
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