One of the most complex and perplexing problems in dentistry today is infection control. The oral cavity is a sea of microorganism normally living in balance with the entire human body. Under certain conditions pathogenic or “disease causing” microorganisms can become the dominant life forms, thus creating what we call infection. These pathogenic microorganisms live together in a biofilm. This biofilm supports a mixed type infection made up of bacteria, viruses, fungi and even parasites. The difficulty is that each of these “disease causing” types needs a different drug to eliminate its dominance. What if we had an agent that could treat and eliminate the infection and, in addition, support the surrounding healthy tissue without toxic side effect? We do now with oxygen/ozone therapy for dentistry.
How does ozone therapy work?
When the doctor introduces ozone therapy into the living system, it creates a “transient oxidative burst”. The infective microorganisms have no natural defense against this reaction, and, as a result, are overstressed and die. Thus, oxygen/ozone disinfects the area treated, both safely and effectively.
Ozone Therapy benefits
The “oxidative burst” induces a multitude of natural biochemical and physiologic reactions. These reactions include, specifically:
- Better blood flow
- Enhanced immune response
- And a more rapid healing response
- No chance of allergic reactions
Why Use Ozone Therapy?
Some of the dental issues Oxygen/Ozone can help treat include, but are not limited to:
- Periodontal disease
- Infected Root Canals
- Tooth Decay
can Ozone Therapy help Periodontal Disease?
Staying within the accepted standard of care, with proper application, oxygen/ozone can enhance the outcome in all aspects of dentistry. For example, periodontal disease is a chronic gum and bone infection. By utilizing the different application forms of oxygen/ozone such as ozonated water, ozonated oils, and placing oxygen-ozone directly into the infected gum pockets, periodontal disease can be amended without the use of pharmaceutical drugs and associated side effects.
Can Ozone Therapy help Root Canals?
Another area of concern is infected root canals. Oxygen-ozone therapy sterilizes all aspects of the tooth, even into the smallest canals and tubules. This allows for a truly biologic root canal and thus retention of your natural teeth. Tooth decay or caries, which is really a “tooth infection,” can be arrested almost immediately upon proper exposure to oxygen/ozone therapy. This procedure is especially useful when treating children, as minimal to no drilling of the tooth is necessary.
Is there any science to support oxygen/ozone therapy?
The scientific literature is vast in support of the effectiveness and safety of oxygen/ozone therapy. Historically, it was a Swiss dentist, E.A Fish in the early 1900’s who introduced the concept of oxygen-ozone in dentistry followed by Dr. E. Payt who introduced this treatment into the medical community. Scientifically we now understand how and why oxygen-ozone therapies work so well. This has lead to many treatment advances in the last number of years, especially in dentistry. Recently the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology reviewed and accepted oxygen-ozone in dentistry as scientifically valid.