Ozone Therapy at Lynn Dental Care
Oral diseases like cavities and gum disease are caused by harmful bacteria, but your immune system may not be able to eliminate these oral infections on its own, as it does with some infections elsewhere in the body. Usually, the patient must see a dentist to have decayed tooth material or infected soft tissue removed.
To improve the effectiveness of conventional treatment techniques targeted to extinguish oral bacteria, such as root canals, periodontal treatments and dental fillings, ozone therapy can be used as an additional anti-bacterial element. Ozone therapy is a highly effective tool in efforts to eliminate bacteria so that they won’t continue to cause problems after the treatment. In fact, ozone may eliminate the need for antibiotics that are usually prescribed to prevent infection after certain procedures.
Ozone, which is the O3 variant of the oxygen (O2) molecule, can be administered in gaseous form or can be delivered to the treatment site in an ozonated water spray. Ozone therapy is effective because pathogens lack anti-oxidants, which means that ozone molecules are able to attack and destroy oral bacteria. Ozone is able to neutralize 63 different bacteria, 15 viruses, 25 fungi and mold spores and 13 fungal pathogens.
Uses of Ozone Therapy
Ozone in all its forms of delivery has become an indispensable part of periodontal treatment, restorative care and root canal treatment at Lynn Dental Care. Dr. Lynn, the leading Periodontal Specialist in Dallas, Texas, is also the leading periodontal dental practice offering ozone therapy. Lynn Dental Care is enhancing healing periodontal disease utilizing oxygen/ozone therapy.
Modes of delivery in dental medicine include:
- Irrigation with ozonated water
- Insufflation of (blowing gas into) periodontal pockets with oxygen/ozone gas
- Infusion of soft tissues with oxygen/ozone gas
- Microbaric therapy/saturating the treatment area with ozone gas
- Application of ozonated olive oil
Ozone can be used to reduce tooth sensitivity and sterilize teeth prior to root canal treatment or after decayed material has been removed and prior to restoration placement. Ozonated olive oil can be applied to irritated and inflamed soft tissue in the provider’s office or by the patient at home. Infusion with ozone gas can help to mitigate bacteria in underlying bone tissue, such as an abscess or bone infection that threatens stability of a dental implant.
While ozone therapy is able to disinfect a tooth that has been infiltrated by oral bacteria, the dentist will still need to place a traditional restoration, such as a filling, after that therapy so that the tooth is made whole again and more resistant to future attacks by oral bacteria.
Benefits of Ozone Therapy
Ozone therapy offers patients a number of benefits associated with minimally invasive dentistry. The gas is safe and non-toxic and has no side effects. It promotes self-healing in patients and helps them return to a healthy biological state of homeostasis.
By sterilizing the site of decay, ozone can allow the dentist to remove less biological tooth material and place a smaller restoration. Ozone therapy can also promote remineralization of the teeth and may reduce sensitivity after a restoration is placed.
Similarly, an empty root canal can be flooded with ozone to eliminate any lingering bacteria that could cause the failure of root canal therapy and create the need for a repeat treatment. Ozone therapy may also eliminate the need for a preventive course of antibiotics, which many patients are reluctant to take.
Lynn Dental Care’s world-class care now includes ozone therapy delivering our patients’ world-class results. To learn more about the uses and benefits of ozone therapy, contact our office and speak to one of our knowledgeable staff members.
What is ozone therapy?
Ozone therapy is an approach that sterilizes the site of certain dental treatments that require the removal of oral bacteria. A dentist uses an ozone generator to apply electrical current to pure O2 molecules fed through a tube, converting them to O3 molecules. The O3 must be used quickly, as it rapidly converts back to regular oxygen. The ozone that is created can be added to water and delivered in a spray or administered as a gas, depending on what is most effective for the treatment being performed.
How is it used?
Many dental treatments are focused on removing disease-causing bacteria and creating an environment that is inhospitable to their return. Ozone therapy can be used in conjunction with a number of these interventions. For example, ozone may be applied to gum tissue affected by periodontitis as part of treating the disease as well as reducing tooth sensitivity in the area. It can be used to destroy bacteria present in decayed tooth material. Ozone may also be used as part of sterilizing the empty pulp chambers following root canal therapy or to speed healing of cold sores.
How does it disinfect?
Ozone is far less stable than its cousin molecular oxygen. Therefore, it is predisposed to ditch its extra atom and revert to O2. Thanks to protective substances in their cell walls, healthy cells are able to accommodate this chemical reaction without being consumed in the process. They also benefit from the molecular oxygen that is a product of ozone’s oxidation properties.
In contrast, harmful bacteria, along with other pathogens like viruses and fungi, lack such protective elements in their cell walls. Therefore, ozone is able to destroy these cells through its oxidative action. When ozone is introduced to decayed tooth material or inflamed gum tissue, it can eliminate the source of the oral disease.
Is ozone therapy safe?
For many patients, the first impression of ozone is its effects in high concentrations in atmospheric air, which can cause problems for people with respiratory issues. However, ozone therapy has a lengthy history of safe use in medical and dental applications. Medical practitioners began to incorporate this technique in the 1800s to sterilize medical equipment and water for medical procedures, and it has been applied for at least eight decades in dental medicine. Of course, the use of ozone therapy does require certain safety precautions. It must be provided in proper doses and administered correctly. When your dentist makes sure these safeguards are in place, ozone therapy can be a safe addition to your dental treatment.