Although ozone dentistry has become popular in Europe in recent years, it’s only recently reached American shores. We’re excited to be able to offer it to our patients for a variety of reasons. First of all, we’re proud to be among those using the latest dental technology because it allows us the opportunity to provide our patients with the best possible dental care. Ozone dentistry has many advantages for patients — here’s what you need to know.
Ozone Dentistry is Non-Invasive
Ozone therapy uses ozone derived from oxygen and is consequently applied to areas of the teeth that have become affected by tooth decay. Ozone has the capability to kill 99% of all oral bacteria in as little as 10 minutes. Ozone therapy is being increasingly used as an alternative to drilling in the treatment of cavities, which makes it an ideal option for those with dental phobias. The ozone gas is blown onto the area, where it penetrates into the tooth and kills the bacteria. During the course of the next few months, the area heals itself naturally as the formerly decaying area remineralizes and reverts back to the healthy tooth structure.
Because ozone dentistry doesn’t require the use of drilling or injections and is entirely painless, it’s often recommended for children. However, it’s entirely appropriate for dental patients of any age.
Ozone Dentistry is Used in a Variety of Procedures
Ozone dental therapy isn’t just for cavities, however. It’s also used to treat gum inflammation that can potentially lead to periodontal disease as well as fully-fledged periodontal disease. It can also be used to treat ulcers in the interior of the oral cavity and as a general disinfecting treatment for the mouth. Ozone treatments are also being used to facilitate healing after a patient has undergone root canal surgery, and using it to treat tooth sensitivity has recently had promising results. It’s also been used effectively on abscessed teeth, canker sores, and bone infections.
Ozone Dentistry Doesn’t Involve Serious Side Effects
Ozone therapy stimulates the natural healing process while it eradicates bacteria better than antibiotics, and as an added bonus, it doesn’t come with the kind of side effects typical of antibiotics. For instance, the most common side effects involved in antibiotic use are digestive distress that includes vomiting, bloating, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and general stomach pain. Other patients may experience rashes, mouth sores, and yeast infections as a result of taking antibiotics.
If you’d like more information about ozone dentistry in Santa Monica, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at your earliest convenience. We’ll be more than happy to go through your options with you and help you come to the best possible dental treatment solution.