Many patients visiting Balboa Island Dentistry in Newport Beach, California, are introduced to a modern, natural treatment that can be used in several procedures. This therapy — ozone therapy — is quickly gaining popularity among holistic dentists because of its many benefits. Dr. Stephen Alfano is never shy from trying and investing in modern treatments that deliver safe, effective, and long-lasting outcomes for our patients. We use dental ozone therapy for many dental procedures, including dental cleaning, periodontal care, and cavity treatments.
Ozone (O3) is a naturally available element. Ozone is popularly known for the maintenance of our atmosphere. Without it, we would perish because this “activated oxygen layer” balances, purifies, and protects the air we breathe.
Besides preserving the atmosphere, ozone has incredible uses in medicine. Years ago, scientists discovered “energized oxygen (ozone) has strong antimicrobial properties, hence valuable for eliminating bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other disease-causing microorganisms.
Ozone eliminates (inactivates) pathogens through oxidation, damaging the bacteria’s cell membrane. Similarly, ozone eliminates viruses by breaking into their protein coat and nucleic acid core, damaging the viral RNA. The good thing about ozone is that it damages pathogens while leaving healthy cells unscathed.
Ozone is a naturally occurring element, so its chances of causing allergic reactions are minimal. Dentists can use ozone therapy in several procedures, including:
Many patients fear dental treatments because they involve invasive procedures like drilling. Ozone therapy is a conservative approach — it doesn’t use surgical or painful methods. This treatment is applied as ozonated gas, liquid, or oil to your teeth and gums to eliminate pathogens — no drills or scalpels involved, making the treatment ideal for patients with dental anxiety.
The other benefits of ozone therapy include:
Ready to incorporate ozone therapy in your dental treatments? We are here to help you.
Our dental team will help you understand how ozone therapy works and how it can benefit your dental health.