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.

How Botox Aids in Cosmetic Dentistry?

Botox is quite a known name for all you out there. But what you are more acquainted with, is the cosmetic botox that is used for dermatological purposes. Amazingly these days, the use of dental botox are starting to gain serious momentum. This is because dentists are experts of the facial muscle and bone architecture. Their background thus equips them with the ability to achieve more natural-looking results than other Botox providers.

How does a Botox work?

To begin with, the trade name for Botox is botulinum toxin, which comes in the form of a purified protein. The mechanism of action of this protein is that it blocks the transmitters between the motor nerves that innervate the muscle. This is done without affecting the facial muscles (where it is actually injected), that is, there is no loss of sensory feeling in the muscles.

When the motor nerve endings are interrupted, the muscle is unable to contract. That said, the dynamic motion that causes wrinkles in the skin will stop. The skin gradually starts to smooth out. In approximately three to ten days the amazing results of Botox are visible! However, this result lasts till about 3 to 4 months.

The cosmetic benefits of Botox can be reaped in the dental industry. But for correcting lip lines, puckered chins, and gummy smiles, it’s important that only the right facial muscles are treated. Failure to do so can result in visibly awkward results!

Dental Botox

A Quick Glance at the Dental Issues Addressed by a Botox:

  • 1
    Headache pain resulting from muscle tension in the head, face, and neck and/or TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Syndrome
  • 2
    Persistent clenching and grinding of the teeth
  • 3
    “Gummy” smiles due to over-retracted upper lips
  • 4
    Upside-down smiles
  • 5
    Lip lines and puckered chins

Generally speaking, the areas that commonly receive Botox are the facial wrinkles are the forehead, between the eyes, around the corners of the eyes and around the lips. In the dental field, it alleviates TMJ and bruxism cases, and also patients with chronic TMJ and facial pain. In esthetic dentistry, it is indeed a minimally invasive alternative to surgically treating the following:

  • High lip line cases
  • Denture patients who have trouble adjusting to new dentures
  • Lip augmentation
  • Orthodontic cases where retraining of the facial muscles is necessary.

It needs to be quite unfortunately stated that only approximately 10% of the dentists are trained in these procedures. On the contrary, a dentist already knows the facial anatomy and how to give an injection. The physiology, skeletal structures, vascular and nervous system of the face all known parameters for a dentist. Hence, treating dentists in this arena will create a huge scope for the cosmetic dental industry.