Regular readers of the Aesthetic Family Dentistry blog will already know that we use medical ozone in a range of dental treatments and therapies. It is an exceptionally useful tool in our ongoing battle against gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. Considering the condition affects all of us at one time or another, any advantage we can get is a welcome one.
So how does ozone help in periodontal therapy?
Ozone is unique in that it is a naturally occurring gas that has some amazing properties. It can kill bacteria, viruses, spirochetes and effectively disinfect an area. What makes it more impressive is that it targets harmful bacteria while leaving beneficial bacteria alone. So this natural gas targets pathogens that would harm us while leaving the bacteria we need alone!
Benefits of ozone use in dentistry:
- An ozone liquid rinse acts as both pre and post-treatment disinfectant
- Ozone gas can treat a wide range of oral health challenges
- It is perfectly safe to use by qualified clinicians
- Ozone only targets harmful pathogens and leaves healthy bacteria alone
- The effects of ozone therapy can last for years
- Ozone offers non-invasive treatments for a range of oral health conditions
Ozone and periodontal therapy
Periodontal disease is caused by harmful pathogens finding their way into the mouth and replicating. These pathogens cause infection, inflammation and can harm our teeth and bone. Left untreated, periodontal disease can cause tooth loss, gum recession and other complications. There is also increasing evidence that it has far-reaching implications to our overall health too.
Ozone gas is the primary tool in periodontal therapy. It is administered directly to carious dentin, dentinal tubules and periodontal pockets to disinfect the area and kill the harmful pathogens that cause disease. This gas can access parts of the tooth that liquids or other non-invasive treatments cannot reach.
The use of ozone in dentistry has enhanced the effectiveness of many treatments significantly. It is perfectly safe, occurs naturally in the atmosphere, does not pollute and has no known side effects. As far as treatments go, it is almost perfect. It also makes it ideal for our holistic approach to dentistry. It is non-invasive, works in harmony with the body’s natural processes and complements our existing defenses. That’s partly why we like it so much!
If you’re looking for a dentist qualified and experience to offer ozone therapy, contact Aesthetic Family Dentistry for a consultation. We are here to help!