Ozone dentistry is a cutting-edge field of dentistry offering minimally invasive treatments for dental issues including cavities and surface decay, periodontal (gum) disease, root canal therapy, canker and cold sores, teeth sensitivity, and even infections of the bone. Catching and treating the problem early gives us the chance to resolve the problem before it develops into a condition that requires a more invasive treatment.
While most people know ozone best as the layer in our atmosphere that protects us from UV rays, the gas has other chemical properties that promote remineralization of the surface of your teeth to enable the tooth to actually heal itself from the cavity.
The Uses of Ozone
A great deal of research has been done on ozone in the last couple of decades, and new uses are constantly being found for the gas. Ozone has been used in commercial settings to sterilize water, soda, fruits, and vegetables to make them safe for consumption, and it can also be found in air purification systems.
Europe has embraced ozone to treat diseases and speed up healing. These are the same qualities we tap when we use ozone in dentistry. Ozone is naturally antimicrobial – in fact, it is produced by our own bodies’ white cells to kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Ozone has been effectively used in modern medicine to treat dangerous MRSA infections and ulcerations caused by diabetes. Unlike medications, ozone has no associated side effects.
What Is Ozone Dentistry?
At our Elk Grove dental practice, we have found ozone dentistry to be a remarkable method of caring for teeth that actually accelerates your body’s own natural healing process. We have a strong desire to practice minimally invasive dentistry whenever possible, and we have found that ozone dentistry allows us to treat a wide range of common conditions while decreasing the necessity for shots and drilling.
We use a special machine that uses electricity to force filtered oxygen molecules (O2) to become unstable ozone molecules (O3). The gas is then either infused into water or oil, or it can be delivered directly to the affected site. The reaction caused by the ozone trying to revert back to the more stable oxygen molecule forces oxygen into the infection. The oxygen then lowers the acidity and kills the bacteria causing the infection. Once these bad bacteria are gone and the environment they love is removed, good bacteria can take their place, and the body can heal itself.
The Future of Ozone Dentistry
We believe that ozone dentistry can change the way the world views the treatment of cavities and other dental problems including lesions and periodontal disease. Ozone also allows us to perform more thorough sterilizations and treat extraction sites to prevent complications. Research is showing that teeth that have been treated with ozone dentistry are actually much more resistant to future cavities. We believe this is a field that has already proven itself and shows even more promise for the future.
To learn more about ozone dentistry and how it can improve your family's oral health, please call our office today and schedule an appointment.