How Dental Ozone is Safely and Successfully Used in Root Canals
Microorganisms and their byproducts are the primary catalysts to an individual needing a root canal. When the pulp of a tooth becomes infected, it becomes necessary to expose this infected pulp so that it can be removed. This is followed by disinfection of the remaining inner tissue that is healthy. Once this is complete, it is capped (typically by a crown). It is vital to one’s oral health that the inner chamber of the tooth be completely disinfected so that no future problems surface. It has been found that dental ozone is extremely competent in killing any remaining bacteria inside the tooth. Dr. Janet Stopka and her team at Janet S. Stopka DDS, PC, offer ozone dental care to patients in Burr Ridge, Illinois.
Ozone, a naturally occurring gas, is an incredibly potent oxidant that can be used to target bacteria. Ozone therapy consists of medical grade ozone (O3) being administered as a gas or as ozonated water. In water, ozone is able to rapidly dissociate, releasing an especially reactive type of oxygen which is able to oxidize cells and act as an antimicrobial agent. One of the only reasons a root canal may fail is due to harmful microorganisms, so using such a powerful antimicrobial agent will ensure that this can be prevented.
Is Dental Ozone Safe?
When administered properly at the correct dosage, ozone used in dentistry is considered very safe. The concentration of dental ozone used in treatment is quite low due to the powerful nature of the treatment. It has a very short half-life (less than 30 minutes), and any ozone that goes unused by the body will revert back into regular oxygen. Ozone is considered biocompatible and is used by many biological dentists around the world as a treatment that has shown proven results that are both safe and consistent.
If you are interested in learning more about how dental ozone is being used in the dental community, you should consult with your dentist. If you are in the Burr Ridge, Illinois, area and are seeking a biocompatible dentist, you should consider Dr. Janet Stopka. To schedule an appointment, please call 630 756-5844.