Ozone Therapy Uses in Dentistry
The ozone is applied in the form of gas and it has proven very useful in treating a number of different dental issues:
• Tooth Decay: Preventing and managing tooth decay is one of our primary concerns. According to an article in the Journal of the Formosan Medical Association (JFMA), ozone’s antibacterial properties may help prevent small cavities from growing larger in the pits and fissures on the biting surfaces of the back teeth. Additionally, ozone may be helpful in disinfecting areas of decay underneath tooth restorations.
• Periodontal Disease: According to a study in the International Journal of Health Sciences, periodontal (gum) disease is the most common oral condition in the world. It starts as an asymptomatic infection in the gums but, over time, can spread to the part of the jawbone that forms the sockets supporting the teeth. Ultimately, periodontal disease can result in the loss of the supporting bone and teeth in your mouth. The IN article notes that ozone has shown promise in helping disinfect areas of chronic gum infection. We can apply the ozone directly to the gums as a gas, allowing the ozone to infiltrate the collar of the gum that surrounds each tooth and any abscesses.
• Endodontics: Endodontic procedures, including root canals, become necessary when the pulp tissue inside of a tooth becomes irreversibly infected. In past centuries, this condition often required the removal of the infected tooth, but today, root canal therapy is performed to remove only the infected tissues so that the natural tooth can remain and function normally in the mouth. The ozone may help disinfect the canal inside the tooth, as well as the tissues around the tip of the tooth root. This can help prevent the infection from spreading.
• TMJ Pain: The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can sometimes be subject to a group of disorders referred to as temporomandibular disorders. This condition can cause jaw pain and limit a person’s ability to chew comfortably or even open their mouth. However, a study in Medical Principles and Practice showed that injections of ozone helped relieve symptoms in patients experiencing TMJ pain, indicating yet another potential use for ozone therapy.
• Other Infections: Ozone has also proven useful in treating other infections associated with the tissues in and around the mouth, including sinus infections and lesions caused by viruses and fungi.