What is Dental Ozone Therapy?
Dental ozone is a reactive colorless gas, combining three oxygen atoms, resulting in ozone or O3. It’s injected directly into the skin or through other methods to help disinfect the surrounding area by dissolving bacteria and viruses into waste products like carbon, oxygen, and water. Ozone therapy in dentistry can help improve the body’s intake and use of oxygen and activate the immune system, increasing the patient’s natural healing process.
Dental ozone therapy treats certain oral infections, desensitizes tooth pain, and treats cysts and abscesses.
If you’re experiencing an infection within the oral cavity, we might recommend ozone treatment to reduce pain, bleeding, or inflammation. At Dakota Dental, we use sterilization to help kill bacteria during dental procedures.
What Can I Expect With Ozone Dental Treatment?
Ozone therapy is applied to an affected area in multiple ways including, but not limited to:
- Advanced devices (i.e., HealOzone)
Once the gas reaches the affected tooth, it kills the bacteria and helps repair the surrounding tissue. Ozone dental treatment for oral infections is safe and non-invasion, making it ideal for children and adults. It’s particularly beneficial for those who have anxiety visiting the dentist or patients with extra sensitive teeth.
Different Applications of Ozone Dental Care
Here are a few situations where we commonly treat patients using ozone dental therapy:
- Root canals: When applied as a gas, ozone can reverse root canal infections and increase the probability of a successful procedure.
- Sensitivity: Ozone can help harden compromised tooth structure. Flooding a sensitive tooth with ozone gas can help decrease or eliminate sensitivity.
- Periodontal Disease (Gum Disease): We flush ozonated water below the gum line or gas into the gum tissue to help prevent periodontal disease.
- Decay: Ozone kills decay-causing bacteria. When applied as a gas, it penetrates hard-to-reach areas below the gum line, including your teeth’s grooves and smooth surfaces.
Ozone Dental Treatment Side Effects
You may experience some side effects with treatment, flu-like symptoms, or slight discomfort during treatment (The American Center for Biological Medicine). Though each patient is different, most patients reported decreased side effects after treatment as their tooth began to heal.
Is Dental Ozone Therapy Safe?
Yes, dental ozone therapy is safe when administered by professionals. High amounts of ozone can be hazardous to the lungs. That’s why we’re mindful of how concentrated our ozone is and how long we use it. You’ll never be exposed to a harmful ozone level, only an amount comparable to what’s naturally found in the air we breathe. We also use protective barriers to protect you and our staff from inhaling too much ozone.
Why Choose Ozone Treatments Over Traditional Methods?
Ozone treatments can quickly disinfect an oral infection without leaving behind any toxic residue or by-products found in more traditional methods. Furthermore, ozone doesn’t counteract other medications, meaning we don’t have to worry about a cross-reaction or an allergic reaction.
How Much Does Ozone Dental Treatment Cost?
We determine ozone dental treatment cost on a “per site” basis. At this time, insurance does not cover ozone therapy. We encourage you to contact Dakota Dental for more information regarding ozone dental treatment costs.