Ozone (O3) has many applications in dentistry. It can kill bacteria, fungus and viruses, which are often found in the mouth. This is especially exciting in light of recent discoveries regarding potentially harmful microorganisms present in the biofilm (plaque) in the mouth.The two main methods we use to deliver ozone in the mouth are 1) in the form of ozone gas and 2) a concentration of ozone infused into water. Ozonated water (to ingest or rinse with) and ozonated olive oil can also be used.
During dental hygiene appointments, suspicious periodontal pockets that are difficult to access are irrigated with ozone to kill harmful microorganisms. This procedure will not only help to prevent periodontal disease but also the possibility of systemic health conditions related to it.
We routinely sterilize surgical sites such as extractions, implants and cavitations (jaw bone infection sites) with ozone to promote healing and prevent future infection.
Flushing the canals of a tooth prior to a root canal is an advancement that has the potential for eliminating serious infection in and surrounding the jawbone of the affected tooth. This could prevent the failure of root canals and the resulting health issues due to infection we have often seen in the past.
We are utilizing the same philosophy of sterilizing our dental water lines with ozone as we are using to address harmful microorganisms in the mouth.The combination of identifying specific organisms in the mouth that could be harmful and the use of ozone to help eliminate those organisms has far reaching positive dental and health benefits for our patients.