There are several benefits of ozone treatment in oral surgery; it helps reduce infections and side effects and speeds up patient recovery and healing.
Ozone treatment is an effective practice used in dentistry, particularly within oral surgery. Ozone, a naturally occurring gas in its raw state, can be used in different forms during surgery to help deal with combatting infection and releasing oxygen to improve the healing process.
For example, when a tooth forms an abscess and needs to be removed, it’s important to also get rid of the infection from around the dead tooth. If it isn’t removed, this infection can cause other problems in the body and impact a patient’s overall immunity. The oral surgery practice involves pulling out the infected tooth and removing any soft dead tissue inside, then rinsing inside the mouth with ozonated water. The use of ozonated water works to disinfect the inside of the wound and remove any bacteria. Ozone also has a healing property – the ozonated water promotes healing by increasing the level of oxygen, which allows the bones to heal faster and better.
Using ozone to flush the inside of the mouth after a tooth extraction also decreases the occurrence of dry sockets. Dry sockets can happen when an infected tooth is pulled out if the bone inside doesn’t heal well and if it gets infected or re-infected. By using ozone, whether in the form of ozone gas or ozonated water, the likelihood of dry sockets decreases while the risk of bone infection and severe pain after a tooth is pulled out is also reduced.
Another oral surgery example where ozone treatment can be effective is in the removal of wisdom teeth. In our dental practice we use a highly concentrated ozonated water to rinse the wound once the wisdom teeth are extracted. The ozonated water acts as a disinfectant and also promotes healing. And in the instance of an infected root canal treated tooth, where the tooth has been treated by root canal treatments but the process has failed and the tooth must be pulled out, the wound also needs to be flushed out with ozone. Again, the ozone treatment in this oral surgery ensures the wound is disinfected properly and is also oxygenated.
Ozone treatment is also useful in implant treatment procedures, where the risk of introducing bacteria is quite high. When placing an implant, as soon as we drill through the bone a lot of bacteria are introduced in the bone from inside the mouth. These bacteria can decrease the chances of success of the implant integrating with the bone and forming around the implants. So when we drill through the bone, just before the implant is placed ,the inside of the mouth is cleaned with ozone, either as gas or dissolved in water, and then the implant is placed immediately. The use of ozone in this oral surgery once again increases the chance of the patient being free from infection after surgery and helps with the healing process.