When you hear the word “ozone,” the first thing that comes to mind is probably the earth’s atmosphere. While ozone is a molecule in the atmosphere that helps shield us from air pollution, this powerful gas can also be used in a variety of other applications, including dentistry! At Gentle Dental Care, patients in the Menomonie, Durand, Eau Claire, Baldwin, Colfax, Pepin, and nearby WI areas can benefit from dental ozone therapy in a wide range of treatments, where it helps protect teeth and gums and promotes healing and recovery from disease or after therapeutic procedures.
What is ozone dental treatment and how does it work?
Ozone is a very reactive gas molecule that is composed of three oxygen atoms and plays many roles in our natural environment. When used in dentistry, ozone is a biocompatible treatment that can help protect, restore, and promote health in your mouth in a number of ways. Ozone can:
- Reduce the presence of bacteria in the mouth
- Help halt the tooth decay process at its early stages
- Promote better healing and recovery from dental treatments
- Help strengthen tooth enamel
- Reduce tooth sensitivity
- Reduce inflammation in the mouth
- Neutralize the acidic environment in the mouth
Ozone is able to do all of these things for your teeth and oral health because of its reactive nature: it is a powerful oxidant that can easily destroy the cell membranes of bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses when it comes into contact with them because they have very few to no antioxidant enzymes present in their cell membranes. Our normal healthy tissues have plenty of these antioxidant enzymes, so they are not harmed during treatment with ozone.
Benefits of ozone therapy
Ozone therapy is increasingly being adopted for use in dental practices because of its many benefits. It is safe for patients of all ages, including children, and has no discomfort associated with it. This painless treatment is great for use during:
- Cases of mild to moderate tooth decay
- Gum disease treatment
- Root canal therapy
- Tooth extractions
- Restorative treatments or any other procedures that may cause tooth sensitivity
Call Gentle Dental Care today to learn more about ozone therapy and how it might benefit you or a member of your family! We have offices in Menomonie and Durand, WI and can be reached at (715) 600-9004.