Modern dentistry can restore, repair, straighten and enhance teeth with a level of success unheard of only a few decades ago. Now, through the use of oxygen/ozone therapy, dentistry has taken a quantum leap into the future. Instead of mainly focusing on repairing damage, dentists can now treat the cause of dental decay and gum disease using the antibacterial powers of a form of oxygen called ozone.
Nature’s air filter at use in dentistry
Ozone in our atmosphere protects us from ultraviolet rays of the sun as well as manmade and natural pollutants. The planet wouldn’t survive without it.
Ozone is an altered form of oxygen created when an oxygen molecule is energized by an electrical charge. In nature this occurs during a lightning storm. Ozone molecules attack and neutralize bacteria, viruses, parasites and other damaging cells which make it endlessly effective in dentistry.
Forms of ozone
Ozone can be used as a gas, infused in water or combined with olive oil for different applications. Oxygen/ozone dentistry has provided dentists with a powerful tool in the fight against tooth decay and gum disease. As a gas, ozone can penetrate into areas that were formerly impossible to reach, killing bacteria that cause decay and inflammation.
Using ozone to reverse decay and inflammation in gums
The excitement generated by the introduction of oxygen/ozone dentistry continues to grow as dentists find more applications for this natural sterilizer.
Dentists are using ozone in treating periodontal disease to great success due to the antibacterial effect that ozone has. Flooding infected gums with ozonated water or using ozone in gas form penetrates far below the gum line rehabilitating gum tissue and destroying bacteria. Now dentists can be proactive in restoring gum health, rather than simply trying to arrest the progress of gum disease.
Root canal preparation
Using ozone infused water and ozone gas in root canal preparation kills bacteria and sterilizes the canal far more efficiently than any disinfectant used prior to ozone. The reason for this is that ozone in gas form can reach farther into the tiny tubules and deeper into the canals than any liquid. Ozone gas seeks out bacteria in places that were formerly inaccessible. Dentists can now close the canal with confidence that the canal contains no bacteria to cause future problems.
The secret of ozone
One of the reasons ozone is highly effective as a sterilizing agent is that it is a negatively charged particle. Bacteria cells are positively charged as are other destructive cells such as cancer cells. When ozone infused water or ozone gas is introduced to bacteria it penetrates the cell, effectively killing it. The natural chemical attraction of a negative to a positive gives ozone the power to penetrate deep into tissue or the tiny tubules that exist in the teeth. Like a heat seeking missile, ozone relentlessly finds and destroys the bacteria that cause dental decay and gum disease.
Ozone treated teeth are stronger
Ozone kills the bacteria that cause tooth decay upon contact. If the cavity is minimal in size, a filling may not be necessary. In cases requiring some restoration, using ozone to sterilize the cavity may eliminate the need for local numbing since drilling isn’t necessary.
Not only does ozone kill bacteria, it strengthens the area being treated. Repairing cavities using oxygen/ozone dentistry makes the teeth stronger and more resistant to future decay. This property also helps desensitize teeth by creating a harder tooth surface which resists transfer of heat and cold to the root.
The use of ozone in surgery greatly reduces exposure to bacteria in sensitive exposed areas. Ozone infused water irrigates and sterilizes the mouth while ozone gas penetrates deep into tissues preventing infection to a far greater degree than antibiotics or disinfecting solutions ever could. The healing process is easier since the body does not have to expend as much energy fighting bacteria and patients report less postoperative pain after ozone is used in their surgery.
Oxygen/ozone dentistry is revolutionizing patient perception of dental care. Patients with a fear of dentistry may come to find they enjoy their dental visits once they experience the effects of this game changing dental therapy. Regular dental visits are one of the most important things patients can do to prevent the need for major dental work.
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Dr. Chow is pleased to offer oxygen/ozone dentistry to his patients as part of his commitment to providing holistic and naturally based treatment options. Find out how this therapy can help you achieve or maintain superlative oral health.
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