We’re happy to announce that Dr. Herrmann is now certified to administer ozone therapy for cavities, root canals, and other dental procedures. Along with Dr. Herrmann’s new certification, Assure A Smile is now home to an exciting new line of advanced ozone therapy technologies that safely administer O3, or ozone, during routine procedures.
Ozone therapy is one of the newest and most talked about forms of alternative medicine. Because ozone helps to eliminate bacteria and infections, its application in holistic dentistry allows for safer, more sterile, and more comfortable patient experience.
Ozone Therapy and Dentistry
One of the most important things to understand about pure O3, or ozone, is that it is negatively charged. By nature, negatively charged ozone particles will neutralize positive particles. This concept is vital in understanding why ozone has such great potential when applied to medicine, because bacteria, free radicals, viruses, and other harmful particles tend to have a positive charge.
By using ozone (as either gas or ozonated water) in dental procedures, dentists are able to deliver a superior level of care while treating:
- Periodontal disease
- Root canals
- Tooth decay
How Ozone Helps Treat Gum Disease, Root Canals, and Tooth Decay
Periodontal disease (gum disease) affects many children and adults in the United States. This type of oral disease is caused by excessive plaque and tarter buildup, which eventually leads to bacterial infection below the gum line. Bacteria may then find its way into the bloodstream where it will circulate throughout the body. In fact, recent studies have found that the same bacterium is found in both the gums and heart of individuals with gum disease and a heart condition, illustrating how oral bacteria might have the ability to deeply penetrate the body and cause serious illness.
Periodontal disease can be treated with ozone therapy, however. By gently flushing ozonated water below the gum line, dental professionals can help cleanse the gums of harmful bacteria and infection. Proactively eliminating these harmful bacteria not only aids in reversing gum disease, but also helps to prevent bacteria from infecting the rest of the body.
Root canals are often performed to save a tooth that has a serious degree of decay or infection. The procedure involves removing all decay from the tooth, which includes removal of the nerves and pulp that extend through its roots. Since decay fuels the growth and spread of bacteria, it is vital that all decay be removed prior to the tooth being sealed. Otherwise, bacteria may return, the tooth will become infected, and the infection may spread to the gums and body.
Holistic dental professionals now use ozone therapy to kill bacteria and sterilize the inside of the tooth during routine root canal procedures. Holistic professionals report exceptional results in administering ozone as a gas during this procedure, as ozone gas effectively penetrates the tiny tubules within the tooth in which bacteria may reside, but ordinary tools cannot clean.
Tooth decay occurs when accumulated plaque forms tarter and bacteria. As bacteria thrive, they produce an acid that eats away at the tooth enamel, causing demineralization and decay. This typically forms a “cavity” in the tooth that must be drilled and restored with a safe, biocompatible restorative material, like a white composite filling.
Today, dental professionals may more effectively treat tooth decay through the use of ozone therapy. Ozone can kill decay-causing bacteria and, as a gas, it may penetrate the oral tissues to eradicate hard-to-reach bacteria below the gum line, along chewing surfaces, and within the grooves and fissures of teeth.
Learn More About Ozone Therapy at Assure A Smile
To learn more about new ozone therapy procedures and technologies, contact Assure A Smile online or call directly to speak with a friendly member of our office staff at 305-274-0047. Readers may also visit the following page to learn more about mercury filling removal in Miami.