Ozone Therapy in Dentistry
Ozone is one of the most powerful disinfectants. Dental ozone is 50 times more effective at disinfection compared to the most popular disinfectant – chlorine, and the effects of its action are visible 3,500 times faster. Dental ozone destroys the cell wall of disease cells leaving healthy cells unharmed and kills pathogens through oxidization of the cell membrane. Ozone does not leave behind toxic residues like chlorine based products.
Ozone has been shown to be biocompatible with all aspects of dentistry and has been shown to stimulate remineralization of recent caries-affected teeth. It can also be used as a preventive therapy in caries, root caries, and intracanal irrigants in endodontic treatment. The main advantage of ozone disinfection is the fact that ozone is generated on-site and only when needed by the use of an ozone generator. There is also no need to monitor side effects of disinfection, as they do not exist.
What is ozone therapy in dentistry?
Ozone dental therapy is a holistic treatment that significantly reduces the presence of oral bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. This is a minimally invasive alternative that wards off the advance of developing tooth decay, reduces inflammation, treats periodontal disease, dental abscesses and teeth sensitivity.
Why does ozone work?
Ozone, or trioxygen , is an ideal disinfectant for air, water and surfaces. It kills single and multicellular organisms with low cell specialization, i.e. bacteria, viruses (including COVID-19), parasites, or fungi. The ozone attaches itself to the wall of a diseased cell or a virus which does not have a chemical that can eliminate the ozone, so the ozone kills the virus.
Ozone’s operating time is about 30 minutes, after which you can enjoy the fresh air and germ-free dental procedure rooms. Dental ozone therapy is used as a natural means to reduce dental infection and inflammation and to neutralize ph levels so that harmful oral bacteria are destroyed, leading to a healthier mouth. Dental ozone can be used to treat cavities by destroying bacteria within and surrounding the tooth and changing the cell wall of the bacteria so that it cannot flourish.
How Does ozone work?
Dental ozone gas can be applied to teeth, gums, or within an extracted tooth site. When applied to teeth or gums, dental ozone destroys bacteria and stops the advancement of dental cavities while strengthening the tooth structure using a remineralization process. At the time of a tooth extraction, dental ozone can be used to destroy bacteria within the bone and abscess tissue area. The ozone attaches itself to the wall of a diseased cell or a virus which does not have a chemical that can eliminate the ozone, so the ozone kills the virus. The benefit to dental ozone treatment during a tooth extraction is to improve the healing from dead bone, reduce the effects of abscessed tissue and improve the healing outcome while reducing post procedure pain. Dental ozone can also be used with dental bone grafting to destroy bacteria before the bone graft cells turn over thus improving the success rate.
Why should I choose TMJ Plus Wellness Center for my dental ozone needs?
Dr. Coats and her team strive to provide the most advanced oral health and biological dentistry care needs. Our philosophy includes following a more natural path to oral hygiene. Dental ozone therapies, such as dental ozone trays for periodontal health, offer benefits such as decreased tooth sensitivity, strengthened tooth enamel, and overall improved dental health. Whether you are in need of dental cleanings, oral health or restorative procedures, our team and the dental experts of our wellness team will work with you to protect your health.
Can you describe the process of how we get ozone?
We have an ozone generator. If you have ever been out in a rain downpour or thunderstorm where there is some lightning, sometimes you will smell a very distinct clean smell. That is the smell of ozone you will experience. What happens is the oxygen molecule, which is O2, when it’s charged with electricity, breaks up into just single oxygen atoms and 3 of them form together. That is ozone, or O3.
The device we have is an ozone generator. We feed pure oxygen (O2) through a tube. There are 2 other tubes of the ozone generator that generate an electrical molecule charge and as the oxygen passes through, it then becomes ozone (O3).
How do you use ozone (O3) in your office?
Ozone has many applications in our dental office.
We use it for non-surgical gum treatments and any kind of gum infections are treated with ozone as well. It is our standard protocol for treating gum disease. Dental ozone has been shown in research papers to dramatically reduce inactivate microorganisms causing periodontal disease, working to reduce both the bleeding index and plaque index.
We use dental ozone to halt dental caries development. If a tooth has a cavity then we remove the cavity, but we then flush the location of the cavity with ozone gas to disinfect the surface of the tooth and to stop any decay process that is not visible with the naked eye.
We also use ozone gas to desensitize teeth. Many people have sensitivity on the side of their teeth right at the gum line. While it may take more than 1 appointment for the sensitivity to go away, ozone is an effective treatment for sensitivity. Dental ozone trays are excellent for treating periodontal disease and subsequent sensitivity.
We have many patients that come in with root canals and are concerned about their health following the root canal treatment. We can offer ozone treatment around the tooth to kill all of the existing bacteria, fungus, virus, and parasites that can hide around the root of the tooth following an infection.
Dental ozone can be used during a tooth extraction as well. The benefit to dental ozone during a tooth extraction is that the diseased bone and tissue cells are cleaned and the cell walls of the diseased cells are destroyed. The dental ozone gas can be infused into all the small bone porosities and gum pockets under the gum line. This means that healing time and post op pain can be improved.
Dental ozone can also be used to treat mouth painful ulcers or herpes virus lesions.
Ozone is used in all our mouth rinses and water unit lines, our sterilization protocol, and to clean all the surfaces of our dental procedure rooms.
Do you use ozone in your dental water lines?
Yes! Because of its efficiency and lack of side effects, ozone water can be used for purification purposes. Ozone water lines improve our patients’ safety experience by decreasing contamination of microorganisms and can reduce biofilm up to 57%. A pre- procedural ozone water rinse for 30 seconds helps to improve the safety of the dental team and overall air quality.
What can be disinfected with ozone?
Ozone used in a variety of ways. Among the most common applications are:
- Disinfection of various types of rooms (rooms, houses, basements, warehouses, offices, shops, swimming pools, changing rooms, hotels, hospitals, doctors’ consultation rooms, etc…)
- Disinfection to remove unpleasant odors from the interior and carpets.
- Disinfection of air conditioning units to remove unpleasant odors such as cigarette smoke, animal odor, paints, mould and to also remove moisture from the rooms.
- In addition to the above, disinfection with ozone can also be used to dry buildings, to clean up water damage, to remove mold in walls or water lines, and to disinfect drinking water.
Who can use ozone?
Ozone disinfection can be used by a wide group of users. Ozone solution is most commonly used by:
- Hotels and other companies with overnight services will use ozone to reduce the time needed to prepare a room for the next guest.
- Wellness centers, salons, beauty salons, gyms use ozone disinfection to create fresh air and to offer more efficient hygiene maintenance at a higher level.
- Cleaning, A/C, and HVAC companies utilize ozone to clean up after a hazardous chemical event and to clean mold out of homes and air ducts.
- Dentists’ and Doctors’ offices, treatment rooms, and hospitals use ozone to quickly disinfect and sterilize an entire room by destroying the harmful microorganisms.
Is ozone therapy safe?
Ozone therapy has been utilized and heavily researched for more than a century. Its effects are proven, consistent, and safe with minimal and preventable side effects in dentistry. Dental ozone can be very safe and beneficial if used in the proper concentration and application.