Oxygen/Ozone Therapy in Dentistry
Ozone therapy has a wide range of applications in almost every field of dentistry. Its unique properties include immunostimulant, analgesic, antihypnotic, detoxicating, antimicrobial, bioenergetic, and biosynthetic actions. Its atraumatic, painless, non invasive nature and relative absence of discomfort increase patient’s acceptability and compliance thus making it an ideal treatment choice specially for pediatric patients.(1)
How does oxygen/ozone therapy work?
Oxygen/ozone, when introduced into the living system, creates what is called a "transient oxidative burst". The infective microorganisms have no natural defense against this reaction, and, as a result, are overstressed and die. Thus, oxygen/ozone disinfects the area treated, both safely and effectively. This "oxidative burst" also induces a multitude of natural biochemical and physiological reactions. These reactions include better blood flow, enhanced immune response, and a more rapid healing response.(2)
How can oxygen/ozone help in my dental care?
Staying within the accepted standard of care, with proper application, oxygen/ozone can enhance the outcome in all aspects of dentistry.
Decreased harmful oral pathogens in the form of bacteria and fungi
Enhanced healing of oral tissues from:
Bacterial or fungal infection (for example, Candidiasis or "oral thrush")
Post-surgical procedures or trauma
Anti-microbial effect for treatment of cavities and prevention of dental decay
Prophylactic treatment for improved dental restoration outcomes (ie. decreased risk of failure of fillings and crowns)
Management of previously treated root canal teeth
Facilitates administration of biological root canals
Decreased/elimination of pain associated with removal of teeth, bone cavitations, etc.
Swift & painless, preventive care for children during orthodontics and routine dental care
Detoxification pre- and post-mercury amalgam filling removal
Is there any science to support oxygen/ozone therapy? can oxygen/ozone help in my dental care?
The scientific literature is vast in support of the effectiveness and safety of oxygen/ozone therapy. Historically, it was a Swiss dentist EA Fisch in the early 1900's who introduced the concept of oxygen/ozone in dentistry, followed by Dr. E Payr who introduced this treatment into the medical community. Scientifically, we now understand how and why oxygen/ozone therapies work so well. This has lead to many treatment advances in the last number of years, especially in dentistry. Recently, the IAOMT reviewed and accepted Oxygen/Ozone in Dentistry as scientifically valid. We've also included a list of resources (including a literature review) of scientific studies and reviews below for your consideration and further evaluation.
Can I be allergic to oxygen/ozone? can oxygen/ozone help in my dental care?
No. It is impossible to be allergic to oxygen/ozone. Ozone is just an energized form of oxygen. Ozone is naturally formed by the sun and lightning in storms. Without the ozone layer high in the atmosphere, life could not exist on our planet. Ozone actually filters out the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays and, in addition, makes for that beautiful blue color in the sky.
How can I get started with oxygen/ozone therapy?
We are currently welcoming new patients for consultations related to ozone. Please call our office at 214-368-0900 to schedule today :)
How much does it cost?
We are currently building out our list of fees for both our preventive and therapeutic oxygen/ ozone programs to share here. In the meantime, please contact our office for more information.
Where can I learn more?
In addition to the IAOMT website, we've included resources below for your review. But also, please feel free to inquire below in our website chat or bring your questions to your first consult. Our priority is patient education for optimal clinical outcomes, so we are very motivated to help you understand how this could be a good therapeutic fit for you and your family.
Also, check out our "Office Tour" page to see our ozone sauna and therapy room in our practice.
(1) Tiwari, Sansriti, Avinash, Alok, et al. "Dental applications of ozone therapy: A review of the literature". The Saudi Journal for Dental Research. Volume 8, Issues 1-2, Jan-Jul 2017, Pg 105-111.
(2) International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology
(3) "Dental Ozone: The revolution is happening here!" Dental Economics. Feb 1, 2009.
(4) Domb, William. "Ozone Therapy in Dentistry: A Brief Review for Physicians." Interventional Neuroradiology. Oct 2014. 20(5): 632-636.
(5) Hu B, Zheng J, Liu Q, any Y, Zhang Y. "The effect and safety of ozone autohemotherapy combined with pharmacological therapy in postherpetic neuralgia." Journal of Pain Research. OCt 14, 2017. Volume 2018:11, pages 1637-1643.
(6) Saini R., “Ozone therapy in dentistry: A strategic review,” J. Nat. Sci. Biol. Med. 2(2), 151–153 (2011).