Fremont Dentistry is very excited to have recently received the DOU120 Dental Ozone System. In patient care, ozone is utilized in two forms: (1) ozonated water and (2) pure oxygen/ozone gas. Using these two agents in combination allows the Holistic Dentist to treat all oral infections using only oxygen and water! The use of ozone for disinfectant and to promote natural healing has been well documented and Dr. Colin Yoshida, will have it readily available for his patients.
Ozone therapy is a cutting edge therapy, first developed in Germany. It has revolutionized the dental practices of hundreds of dentists. When ozone is used in dental procedures it treats the cause of the problem NOT JUST the symptom. This produces a proactive approach to treatment rather than solely engaging in the routine procedure of damage control. Other benefits include better blood flow, enhanced immune response, and a more rapid healing response. Ozone gas is used to reach and penetrate areas such as: dentinal tubules, accessory canals and periodontal pockets where no other antibiotic or disinfectant can reach.
This is possible because the infection/inflammation is positively charged (acidic) and ozone is negatively charged (basic). Therefore, the chemistry of the infection and/or inflammation attracts the ozone to the area.
Here are beneficial ways ozone can be used in today’s dentistry:
- Periodontal disease: Ozone can be used to help treat periodontal disease by using ozonated water flushed below the gum line and/or ozone gas infiltrated into the gum tissue and supporting tissues. Ozone is an important tool used by our hygienist.
- Existing root canals: Ozone is used in all forms during root canal treatment to kill bacteria, sterilize the canal system and to stimulate faster healing. As a gas, ozone can get to places traditional liquids can’t because the gas can permeate the tiny tubules that cannot otherwise be accessed, thereby getting a truly sterile, bacteria-free root canal system before sealing the canals.
- Decay: Ozone can be used to kill decay-causing bacteria. Since ozone is a gas, it can permeate into areas below the gum line, into the grooves of teeth and over the smooth surfaces of the teeth and will kill bacteria on contact. If the decayed area, or cavity, is not too deep, then no restoration may be needed at all. If the area of decay is deeply cavitated and the bacteria is killed, then a filling can be placed often times with no need for numbing.
- Sensitivity: Because ozone can harden compromised tooth structure, flooding a sensitive area or tooth with ozone gas can effectively eliminate sensitivity.