How Does Ozone Therapy Work?
Ozone is supercharged oxygen. Instead of two molecules of oxygen bonded together, there are three. Ozone is a natural gas and most familiar to us as a smell. It is made when electricity passes through air. The smell of fresh air after it rains is a mixture of ozone and oxygen. Lightning striking air brings about production of ozone. Interestingly, our cells also make ozone to fight infection.
Ozone is both an oxidant and an oxidizer. As an oxidant, it destroys pathogens (bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites). Human cells have antioxidant enzymes that break down ozone and are not harmed by ozone. Pathogens have very little or no antioxidant enzymes, which makes them vulnerable to oxidants like ozone. Ozone does not leave any toxic by-products. It breaks down into oxygen and peroxides. In the dental setting ozone can be used to reduce inflammation in the gum disease process. It is quick, painless, and very effective.
Sensitive teeth can now be treated for 1-2 minutes with ozone to practically eliminate pain. Effect lasts over a year.
Teeth undergoing root canal therapy can be disinfected with ozonated water and ozone gas to help make root canal procedure more successful and long lasting.
Teeth receiving filings and crowns can now be quickly and effectively cleaned with ozonated water to reduce recurrent decay and extending life of dental restoration.
Children’s teeth can be treated with ozone to treat and arrest superficial decay. It is most welcome since there is no drill, noise, running water, or suction. Dental appointments are easier and leave good memory for future interactions. Once trust is established bigger cavities can be worked on most of the time without any shots.
Frequently Asked Questions about Ozone Therapy
What is Ozone Therapy?
After first being used in Sweden in the 1920’s, ozone therapy is widely used around the world for sterilizing water for medical operations and disinfecting medical and operating equipment. Holistic dentists in the United States are now using this same technology to naturally disinfect teeth and gums.
How is it Used?
Ozone is used to spray the tooth caries, killing microorganisms before they can spread deeper into the tooth. Even if the decay is deeper and extensive, ozone can still play a role. It can be used to sterilize the area of decay without needing to remove a large volume of the structure of the tooth. This way it can preserve tooth tissue and inherent strength is preserved as part of biomimetic and minimally-invasive dentistry.
How does it Disinfect?
Ozone is one of the most powerful antimicrobial agents available for use in the fields of medicine and dentistry. Dr. Kundel is able to disinfect both cavities and root canals prior to filling. Through small applications in infected and decaying tooth regions of the mouth, this protocol is able to effectively kill bacteria, etc. in a natural process.