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Ozone/Natural Oxygen Based Therapy

Recently, our practice has been utilizing Ozone Therapy in several different ways. We are happy to be able to offer this service to our patients, and to be one of only a handful of dentists in the area using this great technology.

What Is Ozone?

Ozone is a chemical compound that consists of three atoms of oxygen, as opposed to just two. In simple terms, ozone is the energized form of oxygen. This occurs naturally when ultraviolet energy or lightning disrupts oxygen molecules and recombines into groups of three. Ozone also occurs naturally when significant amounts of energy also disrupt oxygen molecules, such as crashing waves at the beach and at the bottom of a waterfall where there are large amounts of energy. The thing that most people notice the most about ozone is its distinctive odor. It has a very clean smell, somewhat like chlorine. You can smell it especially after a heavy rainstorm, a lightning storm, after snowfall, or at the bottom of a waterfall. In a clinical setting, an oxygen/ozone generator simulates lightning via an electrical discharge field. Concentrations of ozone range from 0.5- 5% depending on what it is being used for.

How is Ozone Being Used in Dentistry?

Ozone was first used in a medical capacity back in the mid-1800s as a cleaning method for disinfecting rooms and sterilizing instruments. By the end of that century, ozone was commonly being used to disinfect drinking water. Many of these methods are still being used today. Ozone is a very powerful oxidizer and it is very effective at killing bacteria, viruses and parasites at a lower concentration than chlorine, and with none of the toxic side effects. It increases circulation and oxygenation and promotes immune system response. Ozone enables the perfect environment for the production of anti-oxidants in the body. Just one molecule of ozone is equal to 3,000-10,000 molecules of chlorine and kills pathogenic organisms 3,500 times faster.

In the dental field, ozone therapy is used to treat cold sores, fever blisters, sensitive teeth, caries (tooth decay), sterilizing composite and crown preparations, reducing periodontal infections and inflammation, and to promote healing after tooth removal or any kind of surgery. Your white blood cells naturally create low levels of ozone all the time, so ozone therapy is a very natural approach for many different applications.

For a more detailed report on how ozone can be used in the dental office, click here for a great article written by Doctors Mollica and Harris.

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