Findings of scientific research support what biological dentists have long believed – that what goes on in the mouth has an impact on general health and wellness. Gum disease, in particular, is a concerning condition that has been linked to a number of problems. The immediate threat of this chronic infection in the gums is discomfort in the mouth and a persistent problem with bad breath. Gum disease, as it progresses, also affects the bone tissue beneath teeth, threatening their stability and increasing the risk of teeth being lost. This oral condition does not end in the mouth. According to multiple studies, the bacteria that live in the mouth find their way into the blood, lungs, and other organs where they continue to cause problems. Gum disease has been linked to diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and other adverse health conditions.
The standard of care for gum disease has changed very little in the past several decades. In Dr. Janet Stopka’s Burr Ridge dental office, we take a different approach. One of our goals in addressing this health concern is to seek the origin of disease. Additionally, we discuss with patients our recommended treatment and lifestyle habits that they may employ to manage oral health better as they move forward.
In most dental offices, the method of treating gum disease is to clean bacteria and debris from the immediate area of concern. The process is called a deep cleaning or scaling and root planing. Though the removal of plaque, tartar, and the bacteria these substances harbor is beneficial, the results that come from this standard of care are limited in the long-term management of disease. In addition to performing focused cleanings for the treatment of gum disease, Dr. Stopka promotes optimal healing with ozone.
Ozone Therapy for Gum Disease
Cleaning bacteria from tooth and gum surfaces does very little to prevent further colonization. To accomplish excellent results, it is necessary to go further in the fight against bacteria. Ozone is a natural element that has a powerful effect on bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other pathogens. Ozone is made when an additional energized molecule binds to oxygen. We make ozone in our office using precision equipment and medical grade oxygen. When ozone gas or ozonated water contacts diseased cells, an oxidative burst occurs, killing pathogens on contact.
The use of ozone for gum disease makes perfect sense. This substance is all-natural and will cause no allergic response. In addition to destroying unhealthy organisms, ozone will draw more blood flow into the area and prompt an immune response that helps tissues heal naturally. To treat gum disease, we may incorporate ozonated water into deep cleanings or direct ozone gas to diseased tissue or in periodontal pockets. In some cases, ozone may be injected into tissues.
Your biological dentist in Burr Ridge has non-surgical solutions that have successfully eradicated gum disease through natural means. Learn more about ozone therapy for gum disease in your consultation with Dr. Janet Stopka.
With over two decades of experience, Dr. Janet S. Stopka is a driven, passionate and renowned professional in the field of dentistry. Her ability to provide patient-centered care and insistence on healthy biological dentistry has created an environment of trust and comfort amongst herself and her patients.
Whilst being a patient-oriented expert, she is also a strong advocate of mercury safe dentistry and invests in the latest technological equipment to assist and reduce risk during complicated dental procedures.
She is also a progressive and keen member of the IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology).