What is Ozone?
Ozone is a form of superactive oxygen. It can be found in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Ozone layer protects life on Earth from harmful ultraviolet rays.
Use of Ozone
Because Ozone is more potent and energetic kind of oxygen, it is a very powerful oxidant.
This fact makes ozone very valuable in many applications including medical.
Ozone is an extremely efficient disinfectant. It is used throughout the world for water purification. Research in Europe has demonstrated that one molecule of ozone kills the same number of bacteria that requites 3,000-10,000 molecules of chlorine for the same effect, and ozone kills them 3,500 times faster (with no toxic side effects and no toxic byproducts). Ozone’s disinfecting qualities are widely utilized in medicine as well.
Ozone is also a healer when applied to the human body in a safe and effective manner. Oxygen Ozone has been used for medical purposes in many countries for many years. The first medical application of O3 was in the treatment of infections in German soldiers during the First World War from 1914 to 1918. Today, medical ozone therapy is commonly used throughout European medical clinics, and it’s use has been spreading in America over the last 25 years. Ozone therapy works by increasing oxygen utilization which in turn assists with organ function, hormonal regulation, anti-aging, digestion and many other functions. This therapy is often administered for infectious diseases as well as chronic conditions such as chronic fatique syndrome, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, dementia, heart disease, and many more.
Dr. Rossinski added ozone to her practice for these valuable purposes.
How is Ozone used in Dental Practice?
Oxygen Ozone is so versatile that it can be used for almost any type of dental procedure.
Ozone is utilized in several forms: ozonated water, pure oxygen ozone gas and ozonated oil.
Ozone in dentistry is used as antibacterial and healing agent. It has been shown to stimulate blood circulation and immune response. In addition, Ozone is known to help remineralization of caries- affected teeth, making teeth stronger and more resistant to future decay.
Prevention and protection - Routine use of ozonated water as a pre-treatment rinse. Use of ozone gas before placing sealants.
Decay - Ozone can get into hard-to-reach places under the gum line and into the grooves of the teeth and kills bacteria on contact.
Root Canal - Ozone is used for sterilizing root canal and helping with the healing process. Root canal safety is further increased by the use of Laser assisted “Pips” techniques.
Gum Disease - Ozone stimulates the healing process being applied as either ozonated water
or gas to the gum line.
Therapy for extractions and other surgical procedures - Post-surgical irrigation with ozone and injection of ozone promotes faster healing with less complications.
Sensitivity - Flooding the sensitive area with ozone gas can result in remineralizing and hardening of the structure resulting in less sensitivity.
Herpes and Canker Sores - Topical applications of ozone gas and ozonated oil disinfect the surfaces of lesions, kill viruses and bacteria and assist with the healing.
TMJ pain and Muscular Tension - Ozone injections relax joints, helping with healing of damaged tissues while increasing circulation and reducing inflammation.
In dentistry, special machines are used to convert stable O2 (Oxygen) molecules into unstable O3 (Ozone) molecules. The newly formed ozone gas then either applied to the teeth directly or suspended into water and oil that are applied to the area of decay.
Ozone has no contraindications with other medications. One can not be allergic to ozone, because one can not be allergic to oxygen.