Posts Tagged ‘o3’

Further Insight On Gum Disease

When we check for signs of gum disease, we use a thin, tiny ruler to measure the depth of these “gaps”, or “pockets”, along your gumline. This can give us an idea of how well your teeth and gums are doing healthwise. Healthy gums and healthy teeth have pockets that measure at 3mm or less, which is equal to slightly less than 1/8 in. However, at around 3mm, early stages of gingivitis (fancy name for the first progression of full-on gum disease) may appear: the swelling, redness, and sensitivity of gums may start becoming a bother. From there, the pocket deepens as the infection grows, slowly separating the tooth from the gum tissue. This is how the tooth becomes loose or how it eventually falls out; the tooth’s root is in serious danger!

Another thing to consider is that these acidic bacteria and their acidic waste (yes, their waste, as in feces!) can become trapped in this pocket between tooth and gums. The gums, most likely, are already pretty swollen, so any deep-cleaning is painful to begin with, which leaves the bacteria to continue multiplying and rotting your tooth. Getting an ozone cleaning will help out with this a little bit, but it’s always the price to pay for poor oral hygiene habits (…or the lack thereof).

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles


Utilizing Ozone into Dental Implant Surgery

See how many great uses ozone has in the office? And, behold! Another one! Ozone is great for every dental surgery, including dental implant surgery.

Implants are used to replace teeth that have been lost or extracted, possibly due to disease or injury. A new “root” is drilled directly through the gums into the upper or lower jaw bone (depending on where the implant is needed) and is secured there. This new “root” will serve as the anchor for an artificial replacement tooth.

As usual, it is important to keep the area sterilized while surgery is being performed. Dental implant surgery goes deeper, literally, than each individual tooth. After surgery, there is a healing period where the surrounding bone and gums must be monitored to ensure that the new teeth are properly integrated into healthy oral function (this includes avoiding gum recession, for example, or infections in the mandible). Ozone is wonderful because it sterilizes more effectively and safely than traditional chemical sterilizers; not only this, but it also stimulates healthy gum healing and helps infuse the bone structure with strengthening minerals.

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles

How Ozone Therapy Lessens Pain

If you have been treated with ozone therapy before, possibly during your own root canal or periodontitis treatment, did you notice any difference in how painful the process was… or wasn’t?  Ozone actually contains pain-alleviating properties; so instead of a chemical sterilizer (which might cause additional pain to the procedure, or even spark an allergic reaction in the patient), ozone actually gives a slight soothing, clean feeling to the area because of its natural healing qualities. This makes ozone therapy ideal for treating painful afflictions such as canker sores, abscesses, and other disease/wounds. Quick healing ensues, which saves yet another need for prolonged painkiller use!

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles

Ozone and Root Canals… Again!

I wrote not too long ago about the uses of ozone in root canal therapy. After the cavity has progressed too far and affects the tooth’s root, nerves (that’s the “ouch” factor), and sensitive life-giving anatomy, a root canal is required to clean out and seal off the damage. The highest level of sterilization is crucial to a successful root canal, as you are permanently sealing off the tooth and preserving its strength for the rest of your life.

Ozone makes the sterilization job easy… using ozone gas or ozonated water, we can continuously “wash off” the tooth being operated on in a safe, drug-less, bacteria/germ-free environment. Ozone even speeds up the process, providing us with health benefits enough to quicken healing and recovery. Less pain is experienced, and it will not cause any side effects.

But, still, brush and floss your teeth consistently so you can avoid cavities and the whole root canal scenario in the first place…

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles

Cavities, Acid, and Ozone… Oh my!

I know, I know… here comes the ozone again! I’ve explained how we use ozone in our dentistry in previous posts. After all this talk of nasty acid-making bacteria wreaking havoc on teeth, it’s essential — for my ozone-using practice in particular — to bring the greatness of O3 into the picture!

Ozone eliminates bacteria, and is, therefore, the perfect solution to cleaning an infected tooth. What’s even better is that ozone treatment will just come in the form of ozonated water or an ozone gas. Continual application to the surgical site promotes impossibly thorough sterility, while even speeding up the process and recovery. Ozone therapy does not cause negative side effects or allergic reactions in patients, and allows the natural immune system to fight off infection.

Using ozone for cavity treatment makes the filling or restoring process much easier and smoother. Guaranteeing sterility to avoid worse problems later is crucial during any serious dental work, and ozone does the job well.

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles