What is Ozone Therapy?
Ozone, or O3, is a natural gaseous molecule that is made up of three oxygen atoms, as opposed to a normal oxygen molecule which contains two. “Ozone” comes from the Greek word ozein meaning odor, and was first used by a German Chemist, Christian Friedrich in 1840. He was later considered the “Father of Ozone Therapy.”
As previously mentioned, it is found in the upper atmosphere, and while protecting from harmful sun rays, it also functions as earth’s self-cleansing agent. It combines with air pollutants and purifies the air, hence revealing its purpose in the medical and dental fields.
In the medical realm, ozone therapy has been used for decades as a way of treating patients without the use of medicine. The first dentist to employ this therapy was E.A. Fisch in the 1930’s. His aim was to use it for disinfection and wound healing after surgery; but the most common use of it today relates to its antimicrobial properties.
In addition to medical uses, it has been utilized to treat water for the past 40 years. Not only does it clean the water we drink, but cleans the water systems as well.
How Does It Work?
With a third oxygen atom, it is able to attack and kill pathogens like bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Healthy cells are spared due to the fact that they have an enzyme coating, lacked by bacteria and viruses, that consists of antioxidants impenetrable by it.
When a cell wall is penetrated by it, oxidation occurs of phospholipids and lipoproteins, inhibiting the reproduction or growth of these pathogens. As a result, the area where this therapy was used is disinfected and sterilized. Overall, it is quite impressive with antimicrobial, analgesic, detoxicating, immunostimulant, antihypnotic, biosynthetic, and bioenergetic properties.
Is it Toxic?
Like most good things, too much of it can be harmful, and when it comes to ozone, it’s no different. While it naturally occurres within the body’s immune system, therapeutic ozone must be used according to the established medical guidelines. When used properly, this therapy is extremely safe and effective.
Why We Use This Therapy
So why is there a need for it in the first place? First of all, the mouth is unique in that it is open to the harmful specimen of the outside world, yet a direct link to the internal structures of the body. With this, the mouth must be protected from bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other dangerous pathogens that would disrupt the well-being of our bodies.
Therapeutic ozone offers an effective and proven solution for these threats apart from traditional medication. It is minimally invasive, painless, atraumatic, free of side effects, and won’t disrupt the body’s natural healing system as some traditional medications. Because of its easy application, this therapy is extremely useful in adult and pediatric patients alike.
Three Forms of Ozone
When it comes to using this therapy for dentistry, there are three different ways in which it may be administered. These are through gas, water, and oil. They can be used individually or in combination with each other to treat dental diseases and to disinfect.
Additionally, these forms are not foul smelling or foul tasting making them more desirable for use with patients. They also do not pose a risk for the environment.
At Easy Dental, every precaution is taken to make sure that patients are receiving the best and safest tools for their dental needs. That is why we choose to use ozonated water in water supply bottles to disinfect all of our water lines. These water lines supply our ultrasonic, high speed handpieces, and air and water syringes.
One of the best ways to administer it to patients is through oil. To produce the oil, ozone gas is diffused into different types of vegetable oils which allow it to retain its healing properties for years.
Ozone oil can be used topically to cure oral lesions, herpes, and candidiasis with no adverse effects. Furthermore, it can be used to treat pockets and to promote healing after an extraction has taken place.
Ozone gas is another popular form that is directly administered to dental patients. The gas is created by electrically charging oxygen through a generator and can be administered three different ways. These include injection, administration through a small cannula, or via a small cup.