Ozone therapy is a treatment that is used as a disinfecting tool prior to treatments
like fillings and root canals. Ozone is a negatively charged particle that naturally
seeks to neutralize anything with a positive charge. Bacteria, viruses, cancer cells,
and free radicals typically carry a positive charge. The negatively charged ozone
seeks out the positively charged bacteria and neutralizes its charge, thus destroying
it and disinfecting the area.
Ozone therapy is used in dentistry in many ways:
- Periodontal Disease: Ozonated water can be used to flush below the gum line
of patients with periodontal disease. The ozonated water infiltrates the gum
tissue, neutralizing the bacteria that cause gum disease.
- Root Canals: Ozone therapy can be used to disinfect roots after the nerves
and blood vessels have been removed during a root canal. As a gas, ozone is
able to reach places that traditional liquids can’t, therefore creating a truly
sterile and bacteria free canal system before the procedure is completed.
- Tooth Decay: Ozone can be used to treat tooth decay by removing the decay-
causing bacteria on and around the tooth. In fact, if the cavity is not too deep,
no restoration may be needed at all.
Ozone therapy is an alternative treatment method that may not work for all
patients. However, when a patient is a candidate for the treatment, ozone therapy is
a simple, quick, and non-invasive treatment method that does not require numbing