What is ozone therapy?
Ozone is a gas produced when medical grade oxygen (O2) is subjected to an energetic reaction to create ozone (O3). Ozone can then be used as a gas, infused in water or oil to treat and destroy bacteria, viruses and fungi. Also, it leads to the oxygenation of the tissue and promotes a healing response to the body.
How is ozone therapy used in dentistry?
With proper application, oxygen/ozone therapy can enhance the outcome in all aspects of dentistry. For example in:
- Periodontal Disease - a chronic gum and bone infection. By utilizing the different application forms of ozone infiltrated into the gum tissue, periodontal disease can often be treated without prescription drugs and associated side effects
- Root Canal Treatment - Ozone therapy sterilizes all aspects of the tooth, killing bacteria, even into the smallest canals and tubules promoting faster healing by getting a truly sterile, bacteria-free root canal system before sealing the canals
- Decay or Caries - a "tooth infection," Ozone can permeate below the gumline, into grooves of teeth and over the smooth surfaces of the teeth and will kill bacteria on contact. If the decayed area (cavity) is not too deep then no restoration may be needed at all.
- Sensitivity - Ozone acts to recalcify tooth structure. Areas of the tooth that have been treated with ozone are stronger and can be less sensitive
- Oral Surgery - most commonly extractions, Ozone is used to irrigate, disinfect and promote healing of the tissue
*Ozone therapy is used in conjunction with our regular protocol. Antibiotics may still be used when necessary*