Your Austin dentist offers ozone treatment for cavities and other dental concerns
Teeth cleanings and fillings are all aspects of dentistry readily recognized when people think of visiting their dentist. Receiving ozone as a part of dental care, on the other hand, may seem surprising. Ozone is a substance that is more often thought of when thinking of environmental issues such as pollution. This is because ozone is a natural “air filter” on earth. This substance binds to particles that do not belong. This same characteristic of ozone is extremely beneficial in the human body.
Ozone is based on oxygen atoms. In clinical settings, this substance is made using a specialized piece of equipment that charges medical grade oxygen. Ozone can be used in liquid or gas form, allowing its capabilities to be maximized within the area being treated. Your skilled Austin dentist, Dr. Cole, may use ozone as a treatment for cavities, or in a number of other restorative dental treatments.
Ozone and cavities
In studies, ozone has been found to harden the layer of enamel that protects the inner parts of teeth when directly applied. Therefore, ozone is viewed as a viable treatment option for dental caries, or the early sign of cavities. Caries is actually a type of oral bacteria, microorganisms that can thrive in the oral environment. These and other oral bacteria are sustained by food debris and sugar compounds that remain after meals and snacks. Their excretion is acidic, weakening enamel as well as soft tissues. In addition to applying ozone to treat small cavities, your dentist may apply this bacteria-killing substance to larger cavities before placing mercury-free fillings.
Ozone and gum disease
The capability of ozone to destroy pathogens makes the use of this substance for gum disease ideal. The progressive condition of gum disease can cause discomfort, swelling, bleeding, and even tooth loss. In the treatment of early gum disease, periodontal pockets may be cleaned with ozonated water. Depending on the stage of gum disease, ozone may be applied in gas form so that tissues can absorb its oxidative power. Applied into soft tissues, ozone kills various harmful organisms and facilitates the body’s natural healing process.
Biological dental care is designed around whole-body health. Ozone therapy is one way in which the body’s natural tendencies are maximized. To learn more about ozone therapy or to schedule your visit with Dr. Cole, contact us at (512) 472-3565.