Burr Ridge patients ask, “What is ozone therapy in dentistry?”
In dentistry, technology and procedures are carefully selected to ensure patient health and safety. In Burr Ridge, Dr. Stopka understands that the mouth and body work together as a unit. What goes in the mouth, good or bad, has an impact on the rest of the body. With this knowledge, dentists use care when selecting and using dental materials and procedures. Ozone therapy is one such treatment with versatile uses that positively impact the mouth and body.
More than just a layer of the atmosphere
Many patients hear the word ozone and think of the protective layer of the atmosphere that protects us from the sun. While this is one aspect of ozone, this naturally occurring gas has additional uses and properties. For years, the medical and dental communities have understood the benefits of using ozone. Ozone is produced naturally by our bodies’ immune systems. Our white blood cells produce ozone when battling infections. This is a natural process.
In dentistry and in medical therapies, ozone is safe in low doses. There are no side effects or contraindications to its use, as it is already present in the body. Nothing foreign or harmful is introduced into the body. Dentists use low concentrations of dental ozone to cleanse, disinfect, and sterilize. Used as a powerful antimicrobial, it swiftly and effectively kills bacteria. Working with the body’s immune system, the ozone speeds and improves the healing process.
Comprised of three oxygen atoms, ozone is a gas. In dentistry, oxygen is passed through a special generator to create ozone. Ozone is negatively charged so it is attracted to the positively charged harmful bacteria present in the mouth. It destroys the bacteria.
What Is Ozone Therapy in Dentistry?
Dr. Stopka is committed to protecting the health and wellness of her patients. Using ozone in dental procedures adheres to this commitment. Ozone is safe, natural, and effective.
In dental procedures, ozone may be used as a gas or in water. As a gas, ozone can permeate areas of the teeth, gums, and mouth that otherwise cannot be reached. This gives dentists a powerful and effective way to treat infections. Dental ozone may be used in the following procedures:
- Deep cleaning
- Periodontal therapy
- Root canal therapy
Ozone therapy is a powerful tool in fighting bacteria and infection. It improves circulation and oxygenation of the blood, which improves the body’s natural immune response. This destroys bacteria and speeds healing. Medication alone may not be enough to fully eliminate bacteria, fungi, and toxins from the mouth and body. Compared to other treatment methods, ozone is more effective at treating infections, destroying bacteria, and sterilizing areas of the mouth. It is safe, fast, and effective.
Ozone is part of periodontal therapy and root canals. Since it destroys bacteria and infections, ozone can help stop the spread of damaging substances, thus improving the health of your mouth. Ozone therapy significantly improves the success of root canals. Ozonated water is used to irrigate the canals. Ozone gas is used to permeate interior areas of the tooth reaching the dentinal tubules that otherwise cannot be fully treated. This use of ozone sterilizes the area and eliminates bacteria.
For patients with gum disease, ozone therapy is a beneficial treatment. Ozone destroys unhealthy substances and improves blood flow into the area which helps the gum tissue heal naturally. Ozonated water may also be used for deep cleanings. Ozone gas may be applied to diseased tissue. In other cases, ozone may be injected into the gum tissue to improve healing.
Ozone therapy benefits
The safety and effectiveness of ozone make it a powerful, beneficial dental therapy.
- Safe – Dental ozone is used in low concentrations. Ozone itself is produced naturally by the body. Nothing foreign is used.
- Effective – Compared to other therapies, ozone is the most effective at eliminating bacteria, fungi, and other viruses.
- No side effects – There are no side effects or contraindications to using ozone therapy.
- Speeds healing – Ozone triggers and works with your body’s natural immune response. It improves circulation and oxygenation and helps fight infections.
As a natural part of your immune system, ozone helps your body heal. Dr. Stopka understands the impact your oral health has on the rest of your body. Contact our Burr Ridge office to schedule your appointment. Call 630 756-5844.