Periodontal Disease (gum and jaw bone disease)
Gum and bone disease is more frequently referred to as Periodontal Disease. It is a major concern for many patients. Most of the time, the disease is bacterial in nature. Ozone with its antibacterial properties, has shown to reduce the bacterial count on the patient both locally and systemically. It also stimulates immune responses, healing and tissue regeneration.
Understanding the problem
Many patients have chronic gum conditions that are difficult to treat.
- The problem is that chronic infection means inflammation in the area, which means swelling.
- Swelling reduces blood flow to the area reducing the body’s ability to get Oxygen to the area to start healing. It also leads to an accumulation of toxins.
- Toxins and bacteria pass on to the main blood stream and link to other chronic and serious illnesses like diabetes and cardiovascular disease and so it goes on and on and it’s a closed cycle.
- The use of Ozone provides the benefit of enhancing the circulation and the body’s ability to utilize Oxygen.
- This can break the inflammation cycle and provide substantial improvement to the condition.
Ozone and dental surgery
Oxygen is absolutely essential to every cell in our body.
The application of ozone therapy to an extraction area, after any surgical procedure or implant placement has shown to reduce the incidence of:
- Post-surgical pain.
Ozone therapy has also been scientifically proven to accelerate the healing rate and aid in hemostasis (stoppage of bleeding).
This power is due to ozone’s anti-microbial properties as well as its magnificent effects on mitochondria. It provides more oxygen to cells to release more energy to aid in healing.
Ozone and minimally invasive dentistry
Ozone achieves significant results in the treatment of initial decay.
This means that minimal or often no drilling can be achieved, thanks again to its anti-microbial properties.
The advantages of minimally invasive dentistry:
- Maximum healthy tooth structure preservation.
- Painless and gentle decay removal.
- Often no fillings.
- Healthy tooth structure preservation, especially around the neck and root of the tooth.
- Minimising sensitivity after decay removal.
- Ozone treated teeth are more resistant to subsequent decay.
This all ensures that we treat the problem using a biological approach rather than just a mechanical one.
Ozone and Cosmetic Dentistry
Ozone is also used for disinfecting teeth after preparing them to receive fillings.
Disinfection of inlays and veneers before cementing them on the tooth is also a common use for Ozone.
Again, the main benefit of that is to make use of the biological effects of Ozone, whereby we do our best to eradicate infection and give your body a chance to heal.
Ozone and children
With its natural germ killing mode of action, ozone gas has been widely used in minimal invasive dentistry and with children.
- It immediately diffuses into all the fissures of the tooth.
- It can be used to arrest the decay process.
- It kills the microorganisms associated with initial decay without the need of drilling or giving an anaesthetic.
Regular six monthly checkups with ozone therapy applied in the areas of initial decay, will ensure that your child has a positive dental experience.
Even with more advanced cases of decay, ozone therapy can offer more tooth preservation. In many cases, it aids in tooth preservation.
Ozone and teeth whitening
Ozone sends activated oxygen below the surface of the tooth giving your teeth a fresher and brighter look.
At the same time it desensitizes the nerve endings to help you obtain results, but without the sensitivity that usually follows dental bleaching!
Ozone and teeth sensitivity
Ozone when applied to any tissue including teeth, immediately desensitizes nerve endings suppressing pain in the median term.
The way that works is by penetrating into dental fissures and dentinal tubules( tiny tubules that make up most of the structure of your tooth), allowing minerals to flood and provide instant pain relief.
Only a few seconds are needed to provide relief from teeth sensitivity.
Ozone and soft tissue lesions
Ozone therapy has been shown to be effective against all kinds of infections
- It is used topically on lesions such as:
- Herpes labials (cold sore).
- Aphthous ulcers.
- Any inflammatory lesions.
- It offers faster healing by:
- Killing microorganisms.
- Increasing oxygenation to the area.
- Allowing for better blood flow to the area.
Ozone and infection control
The biological effects of ozone therapy are unmatchable.
As ozonated water is antimicrobial we use it for disinfecting our:
- Bench tops.
- Dental unit.
This ensures a very high level of cleanliness. It also minimizes our use of undesirable chemicals ensuring we do our bit for our environment.
Ozonated water requires only a short contact time to kill and inactivate bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi. Ozone disintegrates very quickly, producing no residues with no unacceptable byproducts (only Oxygen).