What is Ozone Dentistry?
Ozone is one of the greatest advances in dentistry today. Dr. Sargon Lazarof offers this latest technology in fighting bacteria for his patients at Sargon Dental Center, Los Angeles ,CA. Ozone is formed when high energy electricity comes in contact with normal oxygen.
What are the benefits of Ozone dentistry?
It converts it to a very unstable, highly reactive form of Oxygen. When the cell walls of bacteria, fungi or the structure of viruses are exposed to this reactive form of oxygen, it breaks apart their molecular structure destroying them within seconds. It also breaks apart the components that make up plaque. Without the toxic products from these organisms, the body is better able to heal itself. Studies have shown the complete reversal of decay without having to do fillings.
Gum disease begins to heal and even fever blisters or cold sores heal faster, and in over 25% of the cases of cold sores that normally reoccur, they never come back. Bacteria that cause cavities are so small that a million of them fit on the head of a pin. When five or six of these bacteria eat a hole through the side of a tooth, millions can follow them, yet we as dentists cannot see the holes until a substantial amount of tooth structure has been destroyed. Applying ozone to the teeth, either individually or in an entire arch using a custom fit tray, can kill the bacteria in these microscopic holes. The Ozone then stimulates the cells within the tooth to begin repairing themselves.
How much does Ozone dentistry cost?
Doing this at regular checkups has the potential to literally stop cavities in their tracks. In our office we charge $280 for each tray and that includes two ozone treatments. After that, we can use the trays after each checkup for only $30. If this works as the research seems to indicate, it is one of the least expensive ways to prevent dental disease and to avoid shots and drilling.
How do I maintain a healthy mouth with Pro-Biotics?
Once the bacteria have been killed by the ozone, you have the option of letting the mouth re-colonize as it wants or you can control what happens with the use of pro-biotics. In our office we have a kit that starts you out with a large dose of good bacteria that do not cause cavities or gum disease in a lozenge form. You use one a day for ten days and then switch to a lower dose lozenge for 30 days twice a day. There are anecdotal reports that this works. I do not have extensive research to support the practice, but it does make sense so we provide it as an option. The kit costs about $30.