While you may be familiar with the ozone layer in our planet’s atmosphere, you probably don’t know much about ozone therapy in the context of dentistry. Ozone therapy is an increasingly popular service being implemented by biologic and holistic dentists around the country, and for good reason. It’s shown to be extremely effective at reducing high levels of oral bacteria, decreasing your overall risk for dental disease. Read on to learn more about the facts and benefits of ozone therapy!
How Does Ozone Therapy Work?
Ozone molecules consist of three oxygen atoms bonded together. This creates a negatively charged particle that carries strong antibacterial and wound healing properties, making it ideal for a wide variety of dental applications. For example, ozone dentistry can be used for treating:
- Tooth Decay – Ideal for preventing cavities and disinfecting decayed areas underneath restorations
- Tooth Sensitivity – Administering ozone gas can harden the structure of teeth, resulting in less sensitivity
- Gum Disease – Can disinfect areas of chronic gum infection
- Dental Infections – May help disinfect canals inside the tooth and tissues around the tip of the root as part of root canal therapy
- TMJ Discomfort – Ozone injections have shown to help relieve common symptoms, such as jaw pain
Is Ozone Therapy Safe?
Ozone therapy is considered safe when being handled by an expert in the proper circumstances and with the correct dosage and administration method. Ozone is only used in very small concentrations in dental applications, so you only receive exactly what you need to manage your dental issue. Furthermore, the short half-life (or the time required for a substance to break down) of medical ozone ensures it will revert back to oxygen very quickly. This means no residual ozone is left to linger in the body or the environment.
What are the Benefits of Ozone Therapy?
On top of being a versatile dental treatment option, ozone therapy is minimally invasive. In traditional dental procedures to treat problems like tooth decay and gum disease, invasive approaches are typically utilized, making the overall experience much more uncomfortable.
Ozone comes in either a gas or liquid form and is easily applied where it’s needed. If you want to avoid an in-depth procedure, it may be an ideal option for you. Additionally, there is no recovery time required following ozone therapy, allowing you to continue your day-to-day activities without any interruption.
Want to learn more about ozone dentistry and whether it’s right for you? Get in touch with a holistic dentist today!
About The Center for Advanced Dentistry
Dr. Hornstein and Dr. Schlessel are highly experienced in many facets of holistic dentistry, from mercury-free fillings to ozone therapy and more. No matter what your needs may be, they’ll take time to speak with you one-on-one so you can feel confident about your future dental care. To learn more about ozone therapy or schedule an appointment, you can contact them through their website.