Ozone Therapy Periodontal Treatment: Fighting Gum Disease
We often hear about “ozone” in the context of the planet’s atmosphere and discussions about global climate change. Yet ozone also has applications in a dental practice. Many dentists have been using state-of-the-art ozone therapy in many kinds of dental work.
The team at our South Ogden, UT dental practice would like to go over the basics of ozone therapy and how it works. We’ll then specifically focus on how ozone therapy can help in the fight against gum disease.
What Is Ozone Therapy?
Ozone therapy refers to the use of carefully aimed ozone molecules to treat different parts of the mouth. Ozone molecules can be incorporated into liquids, gases, or ointments as a way of helping dentist eliminate harmful bacteria, strengthen existing structures in the mouth, and much, much more.
How Does Ozone Therapy Work?
Ozone molecules are negatively charged molecules that are the result of a bond between three oxygen atoms. Many of the dangerous and disease-causing cells in the body are negatively charged as well. Ozone molecules are drawn to these negative charged tissues.
With careful application, ozone can be used to eliminate these harmful cells and enhance dental health in the process.
Ozone Therapy for Gum Disease Treatment
As you know, gum disease is the result of an infection to the gum tissue. The oral bacteria is the same bacteria responsible for bad breath and tooth decay. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to severe inflammation of the gumline, which can cause gum recession, loose teeth, tooth loss, and so forth.
Ozone therapy can be used to target pockets of harmful bacteria along the gumline, which reduces the severity of the symptoms a patient is exhibiting.
What to Expect During Ozone Therapy
When performing ozone therapy on the gums, the ozone molecules tend to be added to gas, water, or ointment. The ozone molecules are applied directly to the affected part of the gum tissue, targeting and penetrating pockets of infection where they currently reside.
Ozone therapy is often combined with laser gum treatments to help bring the infection under control and to eliminate gum tissue that cannot be saved. Ozone therapy is often helpful in the healing process of a laser gum treatment.
How Effective Is Ozone Therapy?
Because of the nature of ozone molecules, ozone therapy tends to be extremely helpful in the fight against gum disease. The ozone molecules kill the harmful bacteria, and help improve the recovery from laser gum therapy in the process.
Following ozone therapy, patients have healthier and cleaner smiles. The harmful pockets of infection are wiped out thanks to targeted use of ozone molecules in gas, liquid, and ointment forms.
Other Uses for Ozone Therapy
In addition to treating gum disease, dentists can also use ozone therapy to accomplish the following:
- Hardening tooth enamel
- Prepping teeth for fillings and sealants
- Reducing tooth sensitivity
Contact South Ogden Smiles
To learn more about the state-of-the-art dental care treatments offered at our practice, be sure to contact our dental care team today. We at South Ogden Smiles believe in enhancing wellness and helping patients experience the benefits of great dental health.