When you think of the word “ozone,” the first thing that comes to your mind may be the planet’s atmosphere. Its ozone layer plays a big role in protecting humans from the sun’s harmful rays. But did you know that ozone gas also has applications in medicine and dentistry? In this blog post, we discuss what ozone therapy is and how it can benefit your smile’s well-being.
What Is Ozone Therapy?
Ozone molecules consist of three oxygen atoms bonded together (it is different from the oxygen that humans breathe, which only has two atoms bonded together). When oral tissues are exposed to ozone in a controlled way, the results can be wonderful.
Ozone has powerful antibacterial properties. It attacks bacteria in the mouth by exposing them to something called a transient oxidative burst. In addition, it encourages healing of the oral tissues, enhances the immune response in the mouth, and improves blood flow.
Specific Uses of Ozone Therapy
There are numerous ways that ozone can be used in holistic dentistry, including:
- Combating gum disease. Gum disease occurs when harmful bacteria begin to flourish in the mouth. Ozone can eliminate many of those bacteria both above and below the gumline, thereby giving the mouth and opportunity to recover.
- As part of root canal therapy. Root canal therapy involves removing infected tissue from inside a tooth. Sadly, though, in some cases, a small remnant of infected tissue gets left behind, which can then grow again and lead to more problems in the future. Ozone reduces the risk that will happen because it can be used to kill bacteria inside a tooth.
- Addressing cavities. There is evidence to suggest that ozone can prevent small spots of decay from becoming larger. It even alters the acidity level of the mouth, making it more difficult for bacteria to multiply and flourish.
A few other ways that ozone can be used in dentistry include the following: reducing tooth sensitivity, encouraging healing after invasive oral procedures, and lowering pain levels from TMD.
Benefits of Ozone Therapy
Some noteworthy benefits of ozone therapy include:
- Since it is made up of oxygen atoms, it is virtually impossible for patients to have an allergic response to it.
- It contributes to conservative, minimally invasive care.
- When properly administered, it is generally quite safe.
- It converts back to normal oxygen within about 30 minutes, so patients don’t have to worry about it lingering in their body.
Ozone is more than just a layer of the atmosphere — it is a useful tool in dentistry! To learn more about it, get in touch with a practice that offers it.
Meet the Practice
Drs. Saba Abernathy and Gerald A. Bloom have many decades of combined experience in dentistry. Together, they offer preventive, restorative, and cosmetic care — all with a view to supporting patients’ overall health. They are proud to incorporate ozone therapy into their practice. To learn how they may be able to serve you and promote your smile’s well-being, contact our office at 508-429-5300.