How is Ozone Used in Dentistry?

Now this is interesting – the use of Ozone in the field of dental treatments. Ozone is commonly known as a layer in the atmosphere that protects us from the baneful ultraviolet rays of the sun. But there are more virtues of this compound than is commonly known. Ozone is made up of three molecules of oxygen that are bonded together to create a negative charge. This compound exists on earth in the gaseous state.

Why is Ozone Used in Dentistry?

Due to its antibacterial and wound healing properties, Dr. E.A. Fisch began using ozone in dentistry as early as the 1930s. It is applied by dentists in the form of of water or oil. The varied dental treatments that may use ozone as the medium of their job, have been discussed in this article.

In Case of Any Periodontal Disease

Periodontal gum disease is one of the most common oral conditions in the world. It may start as an asymptomatic infection in the gums and spread to other parts of the jawbone too. It can fatefully result in the loss of the supporting bone and teeth inside the mouth. Research has proven ozone to be capable of disinfecting areas affected with chronic gum infection.

So how is ozone administered? Your dentist applies it directly to the gums in the form of gas, oil or water. The ozone is allowed to infiltrate the visible edges of the gums. In the process, it impacts upon the jaw bones and the tooth that it surrounds.

For a TMJ Pain

Temporomandibular jaw (TMJ) pain limits a person’s ability to open their mouth. This hampers chewing and may culminate into digestion issues. Dentists using modern treatment methodologies often resort to injecting ozone to provide relief to patients experiencing TMJ pain. Ozone has successfully proved to have the potential for pain relief!

In Case of a Tooth Decay

Since ozone evidently has the antibacterial properties, it works efficiently on cavities. The pits and fissures of tooth surfaces (especially that of the molars at the back of the mouth) are prevented from growing larger in size. Also ozone is helpful in disinfecting the areas underneath your tooth restorations that are prone to decay.

For Endodontics

Endodontic procedures involve root canals. In a brief, the procedure consists of removing the infected pulp and tissues such that the natural teeth above remains intact and functional too. Now, after the tissues have been removed from within, a hollow space is created which essentially needs to be mended with some dental filling material. Before doing so, the area needs to disinfected perfectly, and this is done using ozone by many experts. Disinfecting is necessary such that no bacterial remains can further multiply and damage the surroundings once again.

While ozone therapy is a common treatment in other countries, it is much lesser in use in the U.S. This is due to fact that theories concerning the effectiveness of the treatment is a little conflicting and have not been established firmly yet. Nevertheless, patients do prefer the use of this natural component as one of the ingredients of their dental procedures.

Know the Causes Underlying your Jaw Pain

 

Sometimes a facial pain leaves you clueless. After spending some sleepless nights, you are perhaps able to pin point that the pain is originating from your jaws. A jaw pain is commonly referred by dentists as a TMJ or a Temporomandibular Joint pain. It could get from bad to worse if you simply try to resolve them by pain relievers! You would definitely require seeing your dentist, as the root cause of your jaw pain needs to be detected. Jaw pain is usually described as a throbbing, uncomfortable pain which can happen all of a sudden. Generally, the pain starts off mild but becomes more intense over time.

Since the best way to resolve a jaw pain is dealing with its underlying cause, enlisting the probable reasons behind jaw pain is necessary. Let us have a glimpse of each one of them in this post.

Temporomandibular Disorder:
This problem particularly, affects the temperomandibular joint. Not only does it cause pain that can go from mild to acute, but also makes a clicking sound while opening the mouth or chewing! A TMJ pain, if neglected, may cause problems like a locked jaw even.

Teeth Grinding:
Grinding in most cases is an involuntary action or an uncontrollable habit. The consequence is acute jaw pain in course of time. Now this habit too has a few underlying causes. Some people clench their teeth while they are stressed. Some do it unconsciously, while at sleep. Bruxism (teeth grinding) at night is usually treated with mouth guards. Stress relieving exercises and even sometimes anti depressants are prescribed in order to alleviate patients out of stress such that they are able to get rid of their teeth clenching habit.

Osteomyelitis:
Osteomyelitis is a disease that affects the bones. In fact it is an infection that travels through the body’s blood stream, finally affecting the individual’s bones and surrounding tissues. Therefore an individual suffering from osteomyelitis of the jaw, has his or her temporomandibular joint, impacted. This causes jaw pain, fever and even facial swelling. The condition is however generally curable with antibiotics. Sometimes a surgical procedure may also be required to remove the areas of the bone that have been damaged by the infection.

An Abscessed Tooth:
When a dental pulp is infected, it may lead to the formation of an abscessed tooth. Now, what leads to a dental pulp being affected? Usually, if a dental cavity is left untreated for an extended period, it might cause the infection to spread up to the pulp inside the tooth. In fact, the infection attacks the nerve inside your tooth first (as a cavity could expose the nerve). An abscessed tooth causes acute jaw pain. The best way to avoid this is proper cleaning of your teeth and also preferably getting your molars sealed, in order to avoid cavities!

Dental Conditions:
Other general causes of jaw pain include some periodontal diseases, tooth decay or other oral issues. Although many of these do not affect the jaw directly, yet, the pain can radiate into your jaw area. Also, individuals who have gaps in between their teeth may experience jaw pain when stress is put on their jaws, while biting or chewing.

From this article, it is quite apparent that a jaw pain can be well dealt with, if the underlying cause is checked. Medications do not play much of a role, but, in order to detect the cause, you would require the help of your dentist. Hence, while experiencing some kind of jaw pain, do not linger on with the scheduling of your appointment with your dentist. A TMJ therapy mostly relies on lifestyle changes. So, the earlier you start, the easier it becomes.