Ozone (O3) is an energized form of oxygen (O2) that contains three atoms of oxygen rather than the two we normally breathe. Ozone has many incredible medical and dental applications due to its anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties.
Ozone in Nature
Ozone is created in nature by the ultraviolet rays of the sun and most commonly associated with the ozone layer in our atmosphere. Many hear the word ozone and immediately think it is bad because of how it is reported on the news. The weather channel reports ozone concentration to report unhealthy air only because there is no way to directly measure the pollutants. Ozone elevates to address the air pollutants. Ozone also occurs in nature when lightning strikes during a thunderstorm. The fresh, clean, smell often experienced after a big storm comes from the ozone.
Ozone Properties and Benefits
Medical-grade oxygen-ozone therapy creates an oxygen-rich environment that induces a positive, multi-factorial, biochemical/physiologic change in affected tissues. Ozone is one of the most powerful sterilizers in the world with the ability to kill/neutralize bacteria, viruses, fungi, spirochetes, mold, yeast/candida, and many odors. The third oxygen atom of ozone makes it reactive with an overall negative charge. The negative charge is drawn to positively charged microbes. Ozone attaches to the microbe and creates a hole in the cell wall. Once the ozone breaches the cell wall, the bacteria and virus die almost immediately, unable to survive the “oxidation”. Ozone has many systemic benefits as a circulatory stimulant, wound-cleanser, accelerant for wound healing, metabolism booster, anti-inflammatory, immune-activating agent to name a few.
Ozone Corona Discharge
The ozone machine in a dental office uses medical grade oxygen run through a corona discharge unit to generate an oxygen ozone mixture. Corona discharge creates ozone by applying high-voltage to a metallic grid sandwiched between two dielectrics. The voltage passes through the dielectric to a grounded plate and in the process, creates ozone from oxygen present in the chamber. The energy splits the oxygen molecule (O2) into two separate oxygen atoms. Those two atoms each fuse to another oxygen molecule, forming three oxygen atoms, and producing the ozone molecule (O3).
Ozone in Dentistry
The dental field has multiple therapeutic applications of oxygen ozone that include topical, insufflation, and injection.
- Sterilize restorative sites in teeth prior to placing fillings or onlays
- Tamper down tooth and bone infections
- Aid in stabilizing root canaled teeth to prolong stability
- Temporarily stabilize failed / re-infected root canals until extracted
- Promotes bone integration for dental implants
- Heal acute gum infections
- Sterilize periodontally involved gum pockets
- Sterilize extraction sites and promote bone healing
- Provide relief for TMJ and CMD symptoms
- Disinfect sinus, tonsils, and throat infections
- Indirectly promote enamel remineralization
Ozone gas is injected into and around sites of oral infection (active infections on live teeth, residual or re-infections of root canaled teeth, bone infections in old extraction sites) with the goal of sterilizing pathogenic microbes and neutralizing their toxins. Ozone injections are paired with therapeutic healing injections of procaine, B12, folate, and a combination of homeopathics such as lymphomyosot to promote lymphatic drainage and traumeel / zeel to address acute and chronic infections respectively. Sanum isopathic remedies can be added on an individualized basis depending on the situation / types of microbes being addressed. The combination of injections delivers nutrients, clears toxins, upregulates the immune system, and promotes overall healing.
We work closely with multiple health care providers familiar with this process to determine the exact combination of therapeutics to utilize.
Nasal and Ear Insufflation
Oxygen/ozone insufflation effetely delivers oxygen and ozone to the system. In the dental office, nasal and ear insufflation can be utilized for the treatment of infections (especially sinus, strep throat, and pneumonia), without needing to rely on traditional, overprescribed antibiotics. Ozone insufflation also aims to neutralize bacteria, viruses, candida, fungi, spirochetes and other pathogens that may be present in the sinus. Ear and nose insufflation not only addresses the sinus. Ozone gets systemic when breathed and can exhibit beneficial effect to the blood / body. Ozone has also demonstrated profound effects on brain fog, ADD, memory, and seizures due to delivering the brain exactly what it needs for cellular communication, circulation, and optimal function.
I had oxygen-ozone therapy done by Dr. Trovato this past summer. I decided to have this treatment after being diagnosed with oral cancer in April of 2007. Oxygen-ozone was not supposed to be a cure, but I believe it helped to make my body healthier. There was a growth on my tongue that went away with this treatment and for which I would otherwise have needed surgery. I have known Dr. Lou since I was 7 years old, and I used to work at Meetinghouse Dental Care. I trust him more than anything, and this experience just reinforced what I already knew about him. My treatment was 10 weeks long, 2 appointments per week. At each appointment I received injections in my tonsils, my tongue, etc. This seemed to be scary at first but with Lou it was easy. He explained everything to me before doing it and was extremely gentle. Who would ever think all those injections wouldn't hurt?!?!? With Lou in charge I felt very comfortable, and it really did not hurt. Lou always made himself available to answer any and all of my questions. Having oxygen-ozone therapy allowed me to avoid one surgery. I had four surgeries on my tongue, and they were very painful. The fact that this treatment saved me from one surgery is a miracle to me. Lou is a wonderful man and doctor, and I would not be getting through my cancer diagnosis as well as I am without him and the staff at Meetinghouse Dental Care.
Suzanne Ryan, Riverside, NJ