Ozone is a powerful therapeutic option during dental treatments
When you hear the word “ozone,” earth’s atmosphere likely comes to mind. But were you aware that ozone can also be used in a wide variety of medical and dental applications? When used by experienced dentists like Dr. Anshuman Rawat in Wrentham, Massachusetts, ozone is a powerful therapeutic option that can be used in a broad selection of dental treatments to reduce infection and promote optimal healing.
What is ozone, and how does it work?
Ozone is a naturally occurring molecule that is composed of three oxygen atoms. It is a gas in its natural state but can also be applied in ozonated water or oil formulations. While the oxygen we breathe contains two oxygen atoms, the third oxygen atom in the ozone makes it very unstable. When it encounters harmful microbes such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses in the mouth, it destroys them. It breaks down their byproducts, acting as a powerful disinfectant and effectively cleaning the area being treated. Meanwhile, ozone does not affect normal healthy tissues of the mouth because they contain anti-oxidants and have a cellular structure that is resistant to the effects of ozone. That makes ozone a very safe and effective disinfecting agent while simultaneously promoting healing and recovery by stimulating blood circulation, reducing inflammation, and boosting the immune system.
Benefits of ozone therapy
Although not every dental practice uses ozone therapy, more and more dentists are offering this treatment option to patients because it is:
- Free from harmful chemicals
Additionally, no numbing or preparation needs to occur to use ozone therapy and applying it takes just a few moments.
Uses of ozone therapy in dentistry
Because it is a safe and natural treatment, ozone therapy benefits patients in a wide range of dental applications; at Advanced Dental Practices, Dr. Rawat may recommend the use of ozone in the following treatments:
- Preventing and managing tooth decay by eliminating cavity-causing bacteria and promoting recalcification of damaged teeth
- Treating the underlying infection that causes gum disease
- Sanitizing the canals and tips of the teeth during root canal therapy
- During surgical procedures to sanitize the treatment area and promote post-operative healing and recovery
- Reducing canker sore pain and healing times
- Treating pain in the temporomandibular joints (TMJs)
- Reducing tooth sensitivity by promoting healthy remineralization of the enamel
Ozone therapy may be used alone or in conjunction with other treatment methods to comprehensively address different oral health situations. Dr. Rawat performs an in-depth evaluation of every patient’s teeth and gums before developing a treatment plan tailored to their unique needs.
Biocompatible therapies for every patient
At Advanced Dental Practices, we use a biological approach to dental care that factors your whole body health and wellness in every treatment we perform. Ozone is just one of many natural, biocompatible therapies that we offer to help keep our patients’ teeth and gums healthy while promoting overall wellness. To schedule a consultation at our Wrentham, MA office, call (508) 456-7111 or book your appointment online today!