We are pleased to announce the incorporation of Ozone Therapy--the newest, state of the art treatment for patients -- in our practice
What is Ozone?
Ozone is an alternative form of the oxygen we breathe, composed of three oxygen molecules (O3) instead of just two (O2). The extra molecule makes it much more active than O2, which contributes to anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. When used properly, ozone is a non-toxic oxidizer that can kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi, as well as eliminate harmful chemicals and toxins, which is why it has been used as a key ingredient in Air and Water Purification systems. Lately, it has found its way into the medical field, having been used in Europe for the past 5 decades to treat a number of medical conditions.
Ozone therapy in dentistry
Thanks to it’s anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and immune enhancing properties, ozone is a great adjunct to all dental treatments by helping eliminate residual infections, reduce post-op sensitivity, and speeding up healing, ensuring the treatment you get stays healthy for longer.
Here are just a few examples of procedures during which dental ozone can be applied:
- Fillings: when coming in contact with ozone, some decay will harden, eliminating the need to drill further into the tooth to remove it
- Periodontal disease/gingivitis: Ozonated oil, water, and gas can be used to kill bacteria in the gums and pockets, promoting tissue healing and reduced inflammation.
- Root canal therapy: After the canal is cleaned out and irrigated, ozone gas can be introduced into the canal to kill any remaining bacteria, ensuring the longevity of the root canal treatment.
- Prolo therapy injections: Our office has always offered prolo injections to relieve discomfort in the jaw and headaches. When supplemented with ozone, the effects of this therapy are amplified and last longer.
- Extractions: Applying ozone gas and oil to the extraction socket can speed its healing and kill residual bacteria
- Sensitive teeth
- Tooth whitening
- Treatment of oral lesions
How does the procedure work?
Including ozone therapy in dental treatment requires no extra work on the patient’s part. The dentist and staff will apply ozone to treatment areas as they see fit, either as a gas, liquid, or oil. In some cases, mainly with periodontal therapy or extractions, we may have you take some ozonated oil home to apply to affected areas for a week as a maintenance protocol. All of this is done to reduce patient discomfort and improve patient health!
Call (408)258-5054 to schedule an appointment, and ask us about ozone therapy today!