Periodontal (Gum) Treatment/Ozone

What is Ozone, how does it work and what are the benefits of Ozone in dentistry?

Ozone is energized oxygen and is known to be the most effective anti-microbial disinfectant on earth. It is naturally formed by the sun and by lightning during storms and is Mother Nature`s gift for safe and effective sanitation.

Ozone disinfects and sterilizes by killing 99.999% of all bacteria, viruses, fungi, moulds and parasites it comes into contact with.

Ozone in water is able to kill bacteria and other pathogenic micro-organisms by rupturing their cell membranes within several seconds of contact and unlike chlorination, ozone is able to give greater than 99% reduction in levels of parasites such as Giardia lamblia and Cryptosorodium. Ozone produces no residues and no unacceptable by-products. The ozone eventually dissolves in the water as oxygen and dissipates into the air without any chemical residues. It is easy to generate, non-allergenic and safe to handle, and a very cost effective means of disinfection. The use of fresh ozone water in Dentistry can help treat periodontal disease and bad breath, and also help to prevent tooth decay. As an antibacterial mouthwash it has no side effects such as an unpleasant taste or tooth staining which are characteristic of other disinfecting agents. Ozone powered water technology consists of an ozone generator and a specialized tap. The ozone generator safely produces the natural element Ozone which is mixed with natural tap water in the tip or Aerator of the tap. The instantly produced ozone/water mix is a natural and effective sanitizer. This sanitizing Ozone water is used throughout our dental surgery and rooms for wiping all surfaces and equipment, cleaning all instruments prior to steam sterilization, disinfecting mouth impressions and in our hand-piece water lines to eliminate biofilm build-up and bacterial contamination. Fresh ozone water runs through all our hand-piece water lines providing you with the anti-microbial benefit during your treatment procedures. Placed in a small syringe we use our fresh ozone water for irrigating deep gum pockets as of our treatment for gum disease. The availability of fresh ozone water in our surgery is a crucial part of our infection control and with its antiviral properties is of particular importance and benefit since the Covid 19 pandemic in protecting ourselves and you from the risk of cross infection. Your health and well-being is of paramount importance to us and the use of fresh ozone water is just one of our methods of ensuring you are well looked after when you visit us.

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    Oxygen / Ozone in Dentistry

    One of the most complex and perplexing problems in dentistry today is infection control.


    The oral cavity is a sea of microorganisms normally living in balance with the entire human body. Under certain conditions pathogenic or “disease causing” micro-organisms can become the dominant life forms, thus creating what we call infection.

    These pathogenic microorganisms live together in what is called a biofilm. This biofilm supports a mixed infection made up of bacteria, viruses, fungi and even parasites. The difficulty is that each of these “disease causing” types needs a different drug to eliminate its dominance.

    What if we had an agent that could treat and eliminate the infection and, in addition, support the surrounding healthy tissue without toxic side effects? We do now with Oxygen/Ozone therapy for dentistry.

    Ozone is energised oxygen. When ozone is introduced into the living system a “transient oxidative burst” is created. The ineffective microorganisms have no natural defence 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 physiologic reactions. These reactions include better blood flow, enhanced immune response and a more rapid healing response.

    With proper application, oxygen/ozone can enhance the outcome in many aspects of dentistry. For example, periodontal disease is a chronic gum and bone infection. By utilising the different applications of oxygen/ozone such as ozonated water and placing oxygen/ozone as a vapour into the infected gum pockets, periodontal disease can be arrested without the use of pharmaceutical drugs and associated side effects.

    Ozone as a vapour can also be safely used to aid tissue repair after extraction of a tooth or on mouth ulcers, cold sores and may help reduce dental decay. Your Dentist Teneriffe will discuss whether oxygen/ozone therapy is suitable for your dental condition.

    The scientific literature is vast in support of the effectiveness and safety of oxygen/ozone therapy. Historically, it was a Swiss dentist; E.A. Fisch in the early 1900’s who introduced the concept of oxygen/ozone in dentistry, followed by Dr E. Payr who introduced the treatment to the medical community. Scientifically we now understand how and why oxygen/ozone therapies work so well. This has led to many treatment advances in the last number of years, especially in dentistry. The International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology has reviewed and accepted Oxygen/Ozone in Dentistry as scientifically valid.

    It is not possible to be allergic to oxygen/ozone. Ozone is naturally formed by the sun and lightning during storms. Ozone is commonly used to sterilize the fruits and vegetables we eat and the bottled water we drink. It’s used in air purification systems, commercial laundries, and swimming pools and spa baths. Without the ozone layer in the atmosphere, life could not exist on our planet.

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    Scientific References

    Masato N., Kitamura C. et al. Antimicrobial Effect of Ozonated Water on Bacteria Invading Dentinal Tubules. J Endod. 2004, 30(11)778-781

    Nagayochi M., Fukuizumi T., et al. Efficacy of ozone survival and permeability of oral microorganism. Oral Microbiology and Immunology, 2004 19 240-246

    Mollica P., Harris R. Integrating oxygen/ozone therapy into your practice. 2007 Dental Economics (web magazine)

    Baysan A., Lynch E. Effects of ozone on the oral microbiota and clinical severity of primary root caries. Am J Dent. 2004 17: 56-60

    Bocci V. Oxygen/Ozone therapy. A critical evaluation. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002: 1-440

    Julian K., Blackburn JC. et al . Reduction of Microbial-Derived Components in Dental unit Water Lines by Ozonated Water. Restorative Dentistry and Gerdontology, School of Dentistry, Queens University 2008, abstract.

    Ali M., Mollica P., Harris R. Of Metalicized Mouths, Mycotoxicosis, and Oxygen. Townsend Letter, 2006 6 73-76.

    Silveria A., Lopes H., et al . Periradicular Repair after two-visit endodontic treatment using different intracanal medications compared to single-visit endodontic treatment. Braz Dent J 18(4): 299-304.

    Schmidlin PR., Zimmermann J., Bindl A . Effect of ozone on enamel and dentin bond strength. J Adhes Dent 2005 7: 29-32.

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