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.
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.