How We Use Ozone Therapy to Restore Teeth
Ozone application and therapy in the dental office has afforded many benefits and advantages previously not known to exist. Among the many applications, Ozone application has become our preferred technique to reduce if not eliminate tooth sensitivity, disinfect tooth preparations after decay removal, and sterilize infected teeth during root canal therapy.
Although it doesn’t ‘reverse’ tooth decay, ozone therapy does assist in the ‘remineralization’ teeth with initial (shallow) decay as with children’s teeth.
Tooth decay is the only ‘infection’ that the body can’t eliminate or repair under it’s own accord. An ear infection or bronchitis can often be overcome by our bodies’ immune system, or often with the aid of antibiotics, but once a tooth is infected with the bacteria that causes decay and deteriorates the tooth structure – the damage is irreparably done.
How Ozone Can Help Teeth: Benefits of Ozonation
Ozone proves to be the only therapy that can disinfect tooth structure that has become embedded with decay-causing bacteria, but if significant decay has penetrated through the enamel of the teeth, the need exists to either seal these areas with a pit and fissure sealant or place a restoration to replace the decayed tooth structure. Otherwise the weakened tooth structure is susceptible to attack once again by the sugars, acids, and bacteria that caused the initial decay.
The benefits of ozonation of teeth is to reduce sensitivity of the tooth after decay removal and restoration, sterilization of the ‘infected’ tooth so a new cavity is less likely to begin again, and to prevent any residual bacteria from causing any further pulpal disease, inflammation, or infection.
Ozone Therapy in Indianapolis, Indiana
Dr. Reese has become so consistently pleased with the results of ozonation, that it is used prior to placing or replacing all restorations and crowns. Ozone is safely used in the gaseous form, or as ozonated water to irrigate sockets after a tooth has to be removed. Necrotic and abscessed teeth requiring root canal therapy can be confidently and safely disinfected with ozone gas insuffulation into the canal spaces prior to sealing them and decayed teeth are treated with ozone gas as well prior to final tooth restoration. Dr. Reese is a holistic dentist located in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is currently accepting new patients. You can make an appointment online or by calling 317-882-0228.
Frequently Asked Questions about Ozone Therapy
What is Ozone Therapy?
After first being used in Sweden in the 1920’s, ozone therapy is widely used around the world for sterilizing water for medical operations and disinfecting medical and operating equipment. Holistic dentists in the United States are now using this same technology to naturally disinfect teeth.
How is it Used?
Ozone is used to spray the tooth caries, killing microorganisms before they can spread deeper into the tooth. Even if the decay is deeper and extensive, Ozone can still play a role. It can be used to sterilize the area of decay without needing to remove a large volume of the structure of the tooth. This way it can preserve tooth tissue and inherent strength is preserved as part of biomimetic and minimally-invasive dentistry.
How does it Disinfect?
Ozone is one of the most powerful antimicrobial agents available for use in the fields of medicine and dentistry. Dr. Reese is able to disinfect both cavities and root canals prior to filling it. Through small applications in infected and decaying tooth regions of the mouth, this protocol is able to effectively kill bacteria, etc. in a natural process.
How Does Ozone Therapy Work?
Ozone (O3) is a variant of the chemical Oxygen (O2). It is both an oxidant and an oxidizer. As an oxidant, it destroys pathogens (bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites). Healthy cells have antioxidant enzymes that break down Vitamins C and E. These antioxidants protect the healthy cells from being oxidized (destroyed or burned up) by ozone. Pathogens have very little or no antioxidant enzymes, which makes them vulnerable to oxidants like ozone.
Dental Ozone Therapy in Indianapolis
Using ozone in oral cavities helps kill specific microorganisms found in dental caries (cavities) and periodontal disease. As a holistic dentist office, we love that ozone in dental procedures leaves no toxic byproducts in the oral cavity or in the environment. Its byproducts are water and oxygen. To make an appointment in the Indianapolis area, you may reach Indianapolis Dentistry at 317-882-0228.