Ozone therapy is an effective treatment that kills dental bacteria using the power of oxidation. Although the technique is new in the United States, South Americans and Europeans have used it for decades. Dr. Patrick Carroll of Exceptional Dentistry is among the few dentists in the area trained to offer the service.
Ozone therapy is a safe procedure as it adopts a conservative approach towards dentistry. What’s more, ozone therapy is found to be very effective when combined with traditional methods. Ozone therapy can be used in a number of dental treatments which range from prevention to dental restorations. Ozone is simply the oxygen that we breathe every day, however, there is a difference: it has a single additional oxygen molecule.
Ozone therapy is an ideal and safe way to kill viruses, bacteria, parasites, and fungi present in the mouth. These micro-organisms can be killed by ozone therapy as their cell membranes are devoid of antioxidant enzymes. When they are exposed to ozone, the cells rupture swiftly and they die.
The upside of the treatment is that the healthy cells present in your body will be unaffected. It is because the human body has sufficient antioxidant enzymes, which keep cells protected as they make contact with ozone.
As far as prevention is concerned, the therapy is an extremely effective technique at destroying the bacteria responsible for periodontal disease (also termed as gum disease). When ozone is used as a preventive measure, it increases the amount of oxygen delivered to the gums, and even to hypoxic tissue. As ozone reaches all parts of the mouth, it can effectively kill the bacteria hiding in particularly inaccessible areas.
When it comes to periodontal disease, ozone is best used in the form of gas, which permeates the gum tissue as well as kills bacteria. The chances of developing tooth decay or periodontal disease becomes substantially less due to the almost zero possibility of presence of bacteria. Healthier mouths lead to healthier bodies, which reduces the possibility of developing health issues.
Ozone therapy also assists in the re-calcification of teeth, making them stronger and harder than they were before. In the case of a cavity, ozone can be used to kill the bacteria responsible for causing decay. Ozone destroys bacteria on contact and can even reach areas under the gum line. In a few specific instances, ozone therapy can even be a substitute for a filling. However, in most cases, a permanent composite filling is still required even after ozone therapy. Because ozone helps re-calcify teeth, it can also effectively eliminate the sensitivity of a tooth after a filling has been placed.
Ozone therapy is not offered by most dentists and can only be enjoyed in a few select practices. In fact, most of them are probably not even aware of it, which is too bad for their patients who are missing out on its many benefits.
If you’d like to experience everything ozone therapy has to offer or have any questions, be sure to contact our office today.