Oxygen Ozone Therapy
The inside of the mouth can host a number of bacteria, viruses, and germs left behind by the foods and/or beverages we ingest. Without proper oral care, these microorganisms may become dominant and suppress the immune system, eventually leading to infection and sometimes disease. In certain instances, several microorganisms will bunch up and live together, creating what is known as a biofilm in the mouth. As opposed to one microorganism causing an infection, this biofilm can support a mixed infection composed of multiple different microbes, generally requiring a diversity of pharmaceuticals and chemical solutions to eliminate the various infections.
At the Center for Innovative Dentistry and Facial Aesthetics our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Yasaman Roland, uses an all-natural oxidant known as ozone (O3) to help eliminate harmful bacteria and other disease-causing microorganisms in the mouth, including those that have grouped together to form a biofilm. Often combined with water and delivered through water-based dental instruments, oxygen ozone creates a transient oxidative burst when introduced into a living system. Microorganisms that come in contact with oxygen ozone generally have no natural defense against this oxidative burst and will typically burst and die as they become overstressed by the oxidant.
In addition to eliminating these infections, the oxidative burst produced by oxygen ozone also induces a multitude of natural biochemical and physiological reactions that often help to support healthy tissues, encourage better blood flow, enhance the immune system, and stimulate a more rapid healing process. Furthermore, because oral health is directly connected to the wellness of the entire body, the cleaner, healthier environment created in the mouth should have a positive impact on the body’s overall well-being.
Uses for Oxygen Ozone Therapy in Dentistry
Oxygen ozone therapy can be used to enhance virtually all outcomes of dentistry, often without the need for chemicals that may produce toxic side effects. At our practice, Dr. Roland employs oxygen ozone in the form of ozonated solution dispersed through water-based dental tools. In addition to its efficacy for eliminating bacteria in the mouth, oxygen ozone has also been proven to kill harmful microorganisms residing in the lines of dental equipment far better than any chemicals on the market, effectively producing the cleanest instruments and environment for treatment.
Some key uses for oxygen ozone in our dental practice include:
- Periodontal (Gum) Disease Treatment – Ozone solution can be flushed directly into infected gum pockets to help sterilize diseased tissue and promote healthy tissue reattachment/regrowth.
- Root Canals and Cavities – Ozone solution may be used to sterilize all abscesses of the tooth and potentially stop the progression of decay. This can be particularly beneficial for children, as the need for drilling on the tooth may be dramatically reduced or even eliminated.
- Bacteria, Infection, and Tooth Decay – Ozone solution may be able to destroy decay-causing bacteria and infections in the mouth, which could lead to a reduced risk for heart disease and other serious illnesses.
- Tooth Sensitivities – Ozone solution can often reduce the sensitivity of exposed tooth roots by helping to harden tooth structure.
Ultimately, oxygen ozone therapy has undergone extensive scientific research and is considered to be a safe treatment with the proper application and dosage. Whether performed alone or in combination with another dental procedure, oxygen ozone therapy can often enhance the treatment process and help produce exceptional outcomes that positively influence the overall health of your mouth and body.
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