Ozone dentistry is not what most people think of when they hear the word “ozone.” Many think first about the layer of our atmosphere that protects us from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. But ozone molecules also have uses in dentistry.
As a dental treatment, ozone is a natural, non-invasive therapy for many common dental problems. By using either pure ozone, ozonated water, or ozonated oil, the treatment can safely kill microorganisms in the mouth and treat minor tooth decay. Ozone is an effective, gentle way to take care of teeth and gums.
Dr. MacFarlane is proud to offer ozone treatments and recognizes that ozone therapy can be beneficial to his patients.
What are the benefits of ozone treatment? Ozone treatments can eliminate many dental problems such as remineralization, periodontal disease, and tooth sensitivity and can combat these issues without painful or invasive procedures. Unlike many traditional treatments, ozone therapy is noninvasive and painless. Teeth and gums do not need to be numbed for treatment, and ozone does not contain harmful chemicals that can negatively impact a patient’s immune system.
Ozone treatments have been proven useful in treating many dental issues including:
- Gum Disease—by applying ozonated water and/or ozone gas to the gums and surrounding tissues
- Root canal therapy—including sterilizing the canal, stimulating healing, and killing bacteria
- Decay—ozone will kill bacteria on contact and can get into hard-to-reach areas
- Sensitivity—flooding a sensitive dental area with ozone gas can harden the structure
- Promote healing—ozonated gas can be applied to kill pathogens as well as initiate a healing response
How does Ozone therapy work? Dr. MacFarlane will first use an ozone generator machine to create ozone gas from oxygen molecules. Some treatments use the ozone gas directly, while others mix the gas with water or oil to make an ozone solution used in the treatment. Dr. MacFarlane will then apply the ozone gas or ozonated water to the treatment area. In a few minutes, the ozone works to achieve the goal of killing bacteria, decreasing sensitivity, or promoting healing.
Ozone therapy is safe when used by an experienced professional, like Dr. MacFarlane, at proper concentrations. Side effects are rare with dental ozone therapy. Like many therapies, ozone therapy does carry a risk if it is misused. Inhaling concentrated ozone can irritate the throat and affect the lungs. The chances of this happening in a dentist’s office are extremely low, however, Dr. MacFarlane is happy to discuss any questions or safety concerns you may have about the treatment.
At The Center for Holistic Dental Medicine, we pride ourselves on offering comprehensive services in a holistic environment that goes above and beyond a typical dental practice. We utilize the latest in dental and aesthetic technology, materials, and procedures, which includes Ozone treatments. We strive every day to ensure our patients get the best treatment the industry offers. We invite you to contact our office at (732) 517-7785 today to learn more or visit our website drglennmacfarlane.com.