Greenville patients ask, “What are the side effects of ozone as a periodontal disease treatment?”
Located in Greenville, SC, Dr. Palmer, Dr. Knause, and the team at Palmer Distinctive Dentistry are dedicated to holistic, biological dentistry practices. Our goal is to maintain our patients’ health and wellness. Dental ozone therapy has become a popular, effective way to promote oral health. Our practice utilizes dental ozone as an option for periodontal disease treatment. There are no side effects or negative reactions to using ozone in dental therapies.
Periodontal disease begins as plaque and tartar on the teeth. If not removed or treated, the bacteria spread, causing red, swollen gums that may bleed easily. This stage is called gingivitis and is the most common stage. Untreated, gingivitis worsens to periodontitis. The affected gums begin to pull away from the teeth. Bacteria can form in the pockets between the gums and teeth. This leads to infections. Further damage can be caused to the teeth, bones, gums, and connective tissue. At this point, tooth loss is possible.
Early treatment of periodontal disease is crucial to prevent the spreading or worsening of the condition. Following good oral habits at home such as regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing is a necessity. Patients need to maintain regular dental exams. These routine visits ensure that any issues are addressed early and help to prevent future problems from arising. If problems do appear, your dentist can handle them quickly and easily as part of a new treatment plan.
Ozone and periodontal therapy
Ozone is a possible periodontal disease treatment. Ozone is a safe, natural killer of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. In dentistry, it effectively cleanses and sterilizes an area by producing a transient oxidative burst that destroys germs. The bacteria are eliminated and can no longer replicate or cause damage.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is caused by harmful pathogens that get into the oral cavity and replicate. The pathogens cause infection and inflammation. They may also damage the teeth and bone. Untreated, gum disease leads to complications such as receding gum lines and tooth loss. It can affect overall health too.
Ozonated water or gas is applied to the gums to assist in the healing of periodontal issues. As a gas, it is administered directly to the dentin, dentinal tubules, and periodontal pockets to disinfect and to kill dangerous bacteria that cause disease. Ozone gas is able to penetrate parts of the tooth that no other treatments can reach.
Ozone’s uses in the dental and medical fields have improved the effectiveness of many treatments. It is safe, occurs naturally, and does not cause harmful effects on the patient or environment. Ozone therapy is non-invasive. It works with the body’s natural immune response system and complements our existing defenses. It is a good addition to a holistic practice.
Ozone side effects
Dental ozone is a powerful tool in battling bacteria and infection. Medication alone is not always enough to fully remove harmful bacteria. Since ozone occurs naturally, it is accepted by the body without side effects or negative reactions. Dental ozone is used in low concentrations to ensure its safety.
Ozone therapy promotes patient health in a safe, natural manner. Ozone has benefits for use in dental procedures.
- Safe – Ozone is used in low concentrations. The therapy is also non-invasive.
- Effective – Compared to other medications and practices, ozone is more effective at destroying bacteria, fungi, and viruses. It only targets harmful pathogens; healthy bacteria are left alone. The effects can last for years.
- No side effects – Nothing new or foreign is introduced to the body, which means there are no side effects or contraindications to the use of dental ozone.
- Speeds healing – Ozone improves circulation, oxygenation, and the ability to fight infections.
Ozone stimulates the immune system to speed and enhance the healing process. Circulation is stimulated. When the immune system is triggered, little messengers called cytokines send messages to immune cells to promote and improve healing. The body reacts and works to heal itself. It is a natural process.
Dr. Palmer and Dr. Knause are members of the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT). Our entire team is committed to a health-conscious approach to dentistry that preserves the health and beauty of our patients’ smiles.
Contact our Greenville, SC office to schedule your appointment today. Call (864) 332-4113.