What is Ozone?
Ozone therapy uses an activated form of oxygen as a gas in your mouth. Ozone is comprised of three oxygen atoms (O3) as a colorless gas. The three atoms combined form an unstable molecule which makes it want to react with other molecules it comes into contact with. As a result, it disrupts unhealthy processes in the mouth like bacteria growth. Ozone therapy is perfect for sterilization in medical procedures.
Since it’s gas, it’s also ideal for sterilizing in areas you can’t see. The gas can penetrate into hard to reach areas of your mouth to kill all bacteria.
Reverse Minor Tooth Decay with Ozone
Not only can ozone sterilize the mouth for procedures but it can actually reverse minor tooth decay. Tooth decay is generally caused by oral bacteria excreting acid on teeth. When this occurs, it removes vital minerals from dentin or the enamel. Once the mineral becomes removed, the enamel is much weaker against acid, making tooth decay easier to form.
When we use ozone therapy in your mouth and it comes into contact with an area impacted by oral bacteria, it will stop the tooth decay.
Once the ozone removes the oral bacteria, it doesn’t just decay. The gas then bonds to hydrogen atoms found inside your mouth. When they come together, they reverse acidity and neutralize to create a basic environment instead.
Once the bacteria are removed from your tooth, it then absorbs minerals from salvia or a mineral-rich formula we can apply to the tooth. The minerals then help your tooth repair itself.
When you use ozone to treat minor tooth decay, you’re preventing yourself from needing a dental filling down the line. This, therefore, preserves your natural tooth structure.
Periodontal Healing with Ozone
Not only can you prevent tooth decay with ozone, but also treat unhealthy gums. Without treatment, gum disease can spread its infection throughout your body and increase your risk of cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, stroke and much more. It’s also the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
With an ozone treatment, ozone can kill the bacteria in your gums and neutralize the acid. We can also expose the gas to periodontal pockets without being invasive or using surgery which makes for a much easier treatment experience. You also don’t have to worry about accidentally ingesting antibiotics like with traditional gum treatments. Ozone is a safe and effective way to treat gum disease.
Use Ozone Today
The sooner our dentists can treat you with ozone, the more likely it will save you from serious problems down the line. Since bacteria are progressive, it’s important to act sooner than later. When problems become worse, its likely ozone won’t work for you and we will have to use a more complicated treatment. Ozone works best when it’s used for the early stages of tooth decay or gum disease.
If you want to heal gum disease, reverse tooth decay or even save an infected tooth, schedule an appointment with us for ozone therapy. Please call our dental office at (912) 234-8282 today to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists.