WHAT IS OZONE?
Ozone (O3) is a chemical compound consisting of three Oxygen atoms O3 (triatomic oxygen), a highly energetic form of normal (diatomic) atmosphere oxygen O2. Thus, the molecules of these two forms are different in structure.
At room temperature, O3 is a colorless gas with a characteristic odor (e.g. after thunderstorms, at high altitudes or by waterfalls). Its name is from the Greek ozien meaning “to smell”, and it was discovered in 1840 by the German chemist Christian Friedrich Schonbein (1799-1868).
Due to its being an extremely powerful oxidizing agent and highly
effective disinfectant, it is used throughout the world to destroy
germs in water treatment installations supplying drinking water.
Dental oxygen/ozone is always a mixture of the purest oxygen and
purest ozone. According to its application, the dental ozone concentration can
vary between 1 and 100 ug/ml. We can determine the complete dosage according to the dental
indication and the patient’s overall health.
PROPERTIES AND EFFECT
Medical/dental ozone has highly pronounced bactericidal, fungicidal, and virostatic properties, and is widely used in disinfecting infected wounds, as well as bacterially and virally produced diseases. Its ability to stimulate the circulation is used in the treatment of circulatory disorders, and makes it valuable in the revitalizing organic functions. When administered at low concentrations, the patient's own resistance is mobilized; i.e. ozone (re)activates the immune system.
As a response to this activation through dental ozone, the body’s immune cells produce special messengers called cytokines. These inform other immune cells, setting off a cascade of positive change throughout the immune system, which is stimulated to resist diseases. This means that the application of medical/dental ozone is extremely useful for immune activation in patients with a low immune status and/or immune deficit.
INDICATIONS IN DENTISTRY
Thanks to the selective properties, dental ozone is used in:
- The treatment of chronically infected gums (periodontal disease).
- Treatment of all carious lesions to arrest deep decay.
- Sterilize all teeth before fillings or sealants are placed.
- Effective treatment to reduce pain in temperature sensitive teeth.
- Soothing treatment for dry mouth.
- Preventing or reversing a potential root canal. (Read Avoiding Root Canal here.)
- Treatment for chronically infected root canal teeth (previously treated tooth).
- Sterilizing a tooth during the root canal treatment.
- Infusion of medical oxygen/ozone into infected jaw bone (cavitation).
- The treatment of diseases produced by viruses such as herpes.
- The treatment of circulatory disorders, such as those found in the upper and lower jaw.
- The treatment of infected, badly healing wounds and inflammatory processes, such as dry socket from previous extraction.
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