Ozone is a holistic gas that is being increasingly used in dental practices to help aid in restorative treatments that involve treating tooth decay, gum disease, and other conditions caused by bacteria. Wondering what it is and how it works? Read on in this blog from Restore Health Dentistry.
What Is Ozone Therapy?
Ozone is a naturally occurring colorless gas that was first used in the '30s by Dr. E.A. Fisch. The particle was discovered to have antibacterial and healing properties that help disinfect the mouth during dental treatment of tooth decay and gum disease.
When administered, it helps to stop the formation of tooth decay in its tracks and even reduce gum inflammation in periodontal disease. Ozone therapy is a completely non-invasive and painless technique to create the ideal conditions in the mouth for a successful dental treatment. It kills 99.9% of bacteria on contact and comes in both liquid and gas forms.
Does It Work?
Ozone has been shown to be effective at stopping small cavities from getting bigger, remineralizing tooth enamel, reducing tooth sensitivity, thoroughly disinfecting the tooth’s canals in root canal therapy, reducing the symptoms of TMJ, and treating decay under tooth restorations.
Benefits of Ozone Treatment
Ozone has been shown to cut down healing and recovery time after procedures by intensifying the body’s natural immune response and stimulating blood flow. On top of reducing inflammation, Ozone also reduces your risk of infection after oral surgery.
Patients don’t have to take excessive time away from work to heal from invasive procedures because there is no recovery time associated with Ozone. Patients are free to return to their normal activities right away.
Ozone is an alternative to more invasive cleaning procedures that are used in root canal and periodontal treatments. It eliminates the need for anesthetics, dental drills, and surgical tools.
Is Ozone Safe?
Yes, Ozone therapy is considered safe when administered by a professional dentist at the proper concentration and dose. It is a completely natural gas that only stays in the body for about 30 minutes.
It is very rare for side effects to occur but there are risks of using Ozone if it is misused. For example, there is a very small risk of throat irritation and damage to the lungs. However, this is very rare when getting the gas administered in a professional health setting by a dentist.
Find Out If Ozone Is Right for You
The good news is that most people are great candidates for Ozone. Most people are actually better candidates for Ozone than for traditional and invasive restorative treatment. Contact us at Restore Health Dentistry today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nancy William.