Ozone is a new weapon in the fight against dental bacteria.
The amazing disinfectant properties of ozone have changed the way we prepare cavities for fillings. Ozone dentistry is the way of the future.
Ozone consists of three oxygen atoms bound together (O?). One of those atoms is highly active and wants to separate to become a free oxygen atom. That atom then binds to any microorganism, such as a bacteria, virus or fungi. Once it binds to the surface of the microorganism, it causes massive pores that rupture the surface of the organism. Bacteria, viruses and fungi have no resistance to ozone. This makes it more effective than antibiotics and some antiseptics to which the microorganisms can develop resistance.
So, how does this relate to dentistry and the mouth? As dentists, we deal with infections constantly—everything from decay and gum disease to infections in the bone and dead nerves. There are billions and billions of bacteria in someone’s mouth that can cause harm. We are in a constant and continuous fight against bacteria.
By using ozone, we can eliminate this factor and disinfect inside the mouth extremely safely without causing any harm to the patient. Not only does ozone disinfect but it has the added benefit of promoting healing.
I like to use ozone as an adjunct to traditional methods. Let’s say we are treating someone’s gums for infection. The traditional method would be scaling and cleaning. If the gum condition is quite advanced then we need to do root planing and deeper cleaning. The use of ozone in these very deep pockets eliminates all bacteria. We biologically interfere with the cycle of disease. While mechanical removal is extremely important, it’s just as important to biologically disinfect and interrupt the disease.
The benefits of ozone dentistry are massive. It’s a minimally invasive procedure that is an extremely effective way of dealing with infections in the mouth. Now, when we are removing decay, we no longer have to rely solely on our vision. Regardless of the amount of tooth structure affected by decay, we can use ozone to disinfect the area, and then leave as much of the tooth structure as possible. Afterwards, certain agents and materials can be added to aid in recalcification of the tooth. The fact that the tooth has been minimally invaded by a drill makes the structure a lot stronger.
When it comes to gum disease, some patients only get good results if they have surgical intervention. By using ozone, we can access very deep areas, ends of pockets, between the teeth, and the gums. The disinfecting properties of ozone will kill any bacteria, fungi and virus that might have been causing the problem. This can negate or decrease the incidents of surgery performed in order to retain the teeth. This, of course, means the patient will have healthier teeth for a longer time with minimal discomfort and minimal procedures needed in the future.