Methods of good dental health continue to change as companies come out with more natural ways to clean your teeth and products that will better help maintain the health of your teeth. Over time, dental experts have even adjusted the recommended routine for cleaning your teeth between dentist visits.
Treatment methods have also evolved as time goes on to help patients feel more comfortable and allow dentists to perform procedures that help maintain good oral health. And while people are familiar with many treatment types that help solve a multitude of problems, there are still some treatments on the rise.
Ozone therapy is one treatment type done by holistic dentists that can help as an anti-bacterial and periodontal disease treatment (gum disease). This guide will explain what ozone therapy is and how it benefits your dental health.
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What Is Ozone Therapy?
Now you may be wondering: what is ozone therapy? Well, it’s a type of treatment that is meant to fight bacteria and periodontal disease. It’s non-invasive and is sometimes used to reduce sensitivity caused by gum recession.
Using ozone therapy is not new; it has been used in many countries such as Europe, South America, and others for a long time. However, it’s not until more recently that this treatment is being used for dentistry purposes.
Ozone therapy utilizes three atoms of oxygen compounded to be used as an anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and anti-parasitic treatment. It has been shown to stimulate remineralization of recent caries-affected teeth and is used as a preventative therapy in caries and root caries.
This therapy method is used for:
- Reducing tooth sensitivity
- Certain oral lesions both within and outside of the mouth
- Sterilizing tooth canals during root canal therapy
- Sterilizing water lines for dental equipment
Using the Longevity’s Quantum 3 Ozone Generator, Health Centered Dentistry provides ozone therapy as a fluoride alternative. We’ve seen great results when our patients report reduced sensitivity on recession sites and teeth that had decayed close to the nerve.
You can receive three different treatment types, including gas, liquid, or oil. Depending on what you are getting the ozone therapy, your dentist will recommend the treatment plan.
What Are the Benefits of Ozone Therapy?
With ozone therapy’s ability to fight off bacteria, it can be used in a versatile manner. For people suffering from dental problems stemming from bacteria, there is a chance that ozone therapy could work as a treatment.
Some benefits of ozone therapy include:
- Elimination of tooth decay treated painlessly
- Effective remineralization that effectively repairs weakened enamel
- Minimally invasive solution that is applied directly on the outside of the tooth or gums
- Reduction of tooth sensitivity that’s usually caused by thin enamel
- Canker sore treatment that can effectively treat, heal, and reduce the pain of canker sores
- Treatment of Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) pain through this natural treatment plan
- Safely, effectively, and naturally treat dental problems without toxic materials that are normally used
- Quick results since there is no numbing needed, and it’s applied directly to the affected area
There are many potential benefits to using ozone therapy for dental care. It can help eliminate the damage done to the tooth structure and oral tissues from invasive treatments.
What Are Potential Risks with Ozone Therapy?
Professionals have used ozone therapy for a long time, and it is safe when done at the right concentrations. It’s regularly used worldwide, but there are still chances that you may experience side effects.
Although side effects are rare with dental ozone therapy, a few side effects that you could experience include:
- Upper respiratory irritation and cough
- Irritated throat or possible lung damage from inhaling concentrated ozone
Ozone side effects are not common but occur if inhaled in a concentrated manner. There is a low risk of having side effects with dental assistance with ozone therapy.
Are you interested in learning more about ozone therapy? Contact Health Centered Dentistry to learn more!
How Is Ozone Therapy Done?
Generally, ozone therapy is done quickly and painlessly. You can expect a nice appointment with Health Centered Dentistry’s amenity options that allow you to feel as comfortable as possible. You can generally expect the following to occur when you come in for your treatment:
- Our dental professionals will talk you through what will be done and what to expect during the treatment.
- You’ll lie down in the dentist’s chair while everything is prepared.
- Our dentist will turn the ozone generator on to produce the ozone used for your ozone therapy.
- Then the ozone gas or ozonated water will be applied to wherever needs to be treated on your teeth or gums.
- You’ll then wait a minute or two for the ozone to work then your treatment will be all done.
- We may have you wait around a few minutes for the ozone to dissipate and break down before you leave to ensure everything has worked properly.
Our ozone therapy at Health Centered Dentistry will help you treat your dental problems comfortably and holistically. We’ll walk you through any concerns and work towards the results you want together.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Ozone Therapy?
Almost everyone is a good candidate for ozone therapy as it is a noninvasive treatment option that targets the problem at the source. Ozone therapy can be a great option for people who have a strong aversion to traditional dental therapies, like rotary drills, or have high levels of dental anxiety.
Although many people don’t have issues with numbing agents, a few people do have adverse reactions, making it difficult to get the treatment they need. Some dental problems, such as small cavities, can be treated through ozone therapy and avoid anesthesia.
Ozone therapy is best suited for relatively minor dental health problems such as small tooth decay or cavities. Some issues may be too difficult to treat with ozone therapy exclusively. Some cavities reach deep into the tooth’s dentin or pulp, making it hard for ozone therapy to be an effective treatment option.
If you have asthma or breathing problems, you should consult your dentist to ensure that ozone therapy is the right option. As with any treatment plan, your dentist will walk you through any potential risk indicators.
Why Choose Health Centered Dentistry for Ozone Therapy?
At Health Centered Dentistry, we take a holistic approach to dentistry. Located in Anchorage, Alaska, we’re here to serve the community with a unique approach to dental care that is better suited for your natural lifestyle.
We focus on integrative, whole-body dental care for your whole family. No matter the age, we’ll provide services such as regular check-ups, cosmetic procedures, restorative treatments, and oral surgery. We offer unique treatment options such as ozone therapy as an alternative to other treatment plans.
Our ozone therapy works as a preventative therapy, so you don’t have to deal with the harsher symptoms associated with dental problems. We will walk you through the process to help subside any dental anxiety and answer any questions. If you’re interested in other treatment options, we also sell ozonated olive oil for various skin conditions, including herpetic and bisphosphonate lesions.
If you’re dealing with a bacterial rooted dental problem, contact us so we can treat it together through unique ozone therapy!
Are you ready to get your ozone therapy treatment? Schedule an appointment with us!