Is root canal therapy safe? Austin, TX dentist improves success rate with ozone treatment
As a biological dentist, Dr. Griffin Cole continues to advance his own knowledge and that of the industry to find the safest, most natural treatment methods. As an example, he is a pioneer in the use of ozone therapy in the Austin, TX area. While there are multiple applications for ozone in dentistry, root canal treatment is one of the most important ones. If you have been avoiding root canal therapy, keep reading for more information on how ozone improves the safety and effectiveness of this procedure for improved outcomes.
About root canal treatment
Each tooth in your mouth has roots. They reach into the jawbone, which stabilizes the tooth for chewing. In a symbiotic relationship, tooth roots also provide stimulation that tells the body to send necessary minerals to keep bone strong and dense.
Inside the tooth, beneath the hard layer of enamel and the rigid dentin substructure, is a space filled with nerve and vascular tissues. Canals extend from this pulp chamber to the tips of roots, providing a pathway for nerves.
Root canal therapy involves the removal of pulp and nerves. The space is then filled, sealed, and protected with a crown, while natural roots remain in the bone. In cases where a tooth has deep decay, significant trauma, or is painfully abscessed, root canal treatment is usually the only alternative to extraction – a point at which the tooth must be replaced with a denture, bridge, or dental implant.
Why does a tooth need nerves? In essence, it doesn’t. For primitive man nerves in teeth provided a sensory safeguard saying, “don’t bite into that very cold or hard object or you might damage your teeth and jaw.” However, since common sense prevails today, and because all teeth work as a team, removing nerves from one tooth does not impair overall function.
Concerns about the procedure
Endodontic treatment has been part of dentistry since the mid-1800s, and more than 15 million root canal procedures are performed annually. Yet some holistic dentists do not recommend or offer the procedure. As described, they feel that it is impossible to remove every trace of biological material and pathogens from the root canal and pores in tooth structure. They believe toxins from the treated tooth may leach into bone, other tissues, and the bloodstream.
Dr. Cole uses ozone, a natural disinfectant, to combat those concerns.
Ozone is tri-atomic oxygen, a colorless gas with three atoms of oxygen in each molecule, compared to two in the air we breathe. This makes ozone chemically unstable as it constantly tries to kick off the extra atom. These oxidative bursts are extremely beneficial in dentistry and medicine. Pathogens – fungi, viruses, and bacteria – have a simple cell structure that is damaged by oxidation, yet ozone does not harm healthy human cells.
Ozone can be used in dentistry as a carefully controlled flow of gas, as ozonated water, or infused into organic oil, for disinfection. It also increases blood flow to soft tissues to speed healing. Because ozone is a natural element essential to humans (oxygen), it cannot cause an allergic reaction.
Ozone therapy as an adjunct to root canal treatment in Austin, TX
Dr. Cole emphasizes avoiding the need for root canal therapy through hygiene and preventive measures. Yet it can be a viable treatment for a patient who is not a candidate for implant therapy, or the individual who simply wants to keep a natural tooth.
Here are some of the reasons adding ozone therapy to root canal treatment makes good sense:
- Ozone gas can get into spots that liquid disinfectants cannot reach – narrow canals and microscopic tubules in the tooth’s hard structure – creating a truly bacteria-free, sterile environment before the tooth is sealed.
- The body is not exposed to harsh chemical disinfectants.
- Risk of cavitation (an infected hole in the bone beneath the treated tooth) is reduced.
- Risk of pathogens and toxins entering the bloodstream from the treated tooth is also lessened.
- There is less chance of disturbances in meridians. Disruption of these energy pathways throughout the body can potentially trigger problems in other organs.
Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Cole to learn more about the benefits of natural ozone therapy for root canal treatment and other dental procedures. The number in Austin, TX is (512) 472-3565.
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