If you are like numerous people, you know ozone as the layer that protects the planet from intense radiation from the sun. What you may not know is that, as a colorless gas, ozone has been used for centuries in medicine. And at Dentistry by Shane Nelson DDS, we are privileged to offer ozone therapy for the health of your teeth from our state-of-the-art office in Overland Park, KS.
What is ozone therapy?
Therapeutic ozone has been used in various medical applications since it was first discovered in the mid-1800s. In the early 1900s, several health care organizations in the U.S. concluded that more than 100 diseases were responsive to ozone application. It is recognized as a well-established way to non-invasively sterilize, eradicate harmful bacteria and other pathogens, and unlock your body’s rapid and natural healing capacity.
How does ozone work as a therapy?
Ozone is a “reactive” or energized form of oxygen. It contains three atoms. During the process of shaking off one atom, powerful things happen. When applied properly and safely by trained practitioners like Dr. Nelson, ozone can disrupt the cell envelopes of the bacteria responsible for tooth decay and gum disease. Additionally, as more oxygen is released into the body’s tissues, the immune system is activated. This positive immune response helps to fight the oxidative stress that is linked to conditions such as diabetes.
People with diabetes also tend to have oral complications; for instance, poorly controlled diabetes is a risk factor for advanced gum disease. Ozone’s antioxidant properties can have a positive effect on glycemic control. Ozone therapy is both an alternative to invasive procedures to treat the likes of periodontal disease and the use of antibiotics. With the widespread use of antibiotics, some strains of bacteria have developed resistance to these drugs.
What can I expect from ozone therapy at the dental office?
We may apply ozone as a liquid or a gas. How we administer ozone depends on your needs and the type of procedure that is on the horizon. We may use ozonated water to rinse and disinfect your mouth, which helps to reduce bacterial populations. Ozone may even be mixed with oils and other liquids to create antimicrobial compounds. A gas can be delivered with specialized handpieces or trays to protect the teeth from significant tooth decay and gum disease threats. Ozone gas can also be applied to reverse the effects of gum disease and restore periodontal health or remineralize the teeth and reduce sensitivity and discomfort.
Ozone therapy is also safe for children and appropriate for patients with sensitivities and allergies who may be precluded from other products and treatments. Additionally, as a nontoxic and biocompatible adjunct, ozone is low-risk; white blood cells make ozone naturally to destroy disease-producing microorganisms.
At Dentistry by Shane Nelson DDS, we are pleased to offer so many ways to safely and conservatively keep your smile looking and feeling its healthy best. We look forward to introducing you to our advanced, biological approach to dentistry. Contact us at (913) 297-7800 today!
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