Gentle ozone therapy used to enhance safety and comfort of dental treatments in Yadkinville, NCAt Virtue Dental Care, patients in Yadkinville, NC, and the surrounding communities will find compassionate, holistic dental care from a highly trained team. As part of our commitment to providing biological dental care that focuses on caring for the patient’s whole body and well-being instead of just one small area of the mouth, we are proud to offer a proven, effective treatment called ozone therapy as part of many of the dental procedures we perform at our practice. Read on to learn more about how this natural gas can enhance your dental experience not only when you’re in the chair, but after your treatment as well!
What is Ozone therapy?Ozone, also called O3, is a colorless gas that consists of three oxygen atoms. Many people have heard of ozone in relation to Earth’s atmosphere—a layer of ozone surrounds Earth and protects it from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. However, as early as the late 1800s, ozone began to be used in medical applications, and over time, studies have shown that it is highly effective at:
- Killing bacteria, fungi, yeast, and viruses
- Stimulating oxygen metabolism (the intake and processing of oxygen)
- Activating the immune system and having anti-inflammatory effects
How ozone therapy is used in dentistryOur practice uses ozone therapy in both gas and liquid form in a variety of dental procedures. The uses of ozone therapy at Virtue Dental Care include:
Cavity/Decay Treatment: After removing decay and/or mercury filling material from a tooth, we gently apply ozone gas to disinfect the cavity before placing a new filling or crown on the affected tooth.
Periodontal Treatment: As part of gum disease treatment, ozone gas and ozone water are used to irrigate the gum pockets caused by periodontal disease, helping to kill the bad bacteria that cause disease. Ozonated oil is also used on the dental tools to remove calculus that builds up on the teeth and irritates gums.
Tooth Sensitivity Treatment: For sensitive root surfaces, ozone gas is brushed along the gumline to greatly reduce sensitivity so you can return to fully enjoying your favorite foods and beverages.
Root Canal Treatment: Ozone gas and water help to disinfect the small dentin tubules in the teeth, in addition to the main nerve canals during root canal therapy. We also use ozonated oil to lubricate our dental tools used for the procedure. These steps help to reduce the bacteria in and around the infected tooth.
Oral Surgery Procedures: Following a tooth extraction or other surgical procedure in the mouth, ozone water is used to irrigate the surgical site. Ozone gas is also placed in the soft tissue surrounding the site to reduce infection, as well as reduce post-operative pain.
Cavitation/NICO Therapy: Ozone gas may also be useful in the treatment of bone lesions, such as cavitations and osteonecrosis because it can improve circulation in the area and stimulate your body’s natural healing response.
Learn about whether Ozone therapy is right for youAs holistic dental practitioners, Dr. William Virtue and Dr. Mary Katherine Taylor are committed to providing the safest, most comfortable dental care for you and your family. Because of its benefits in disinfecting treatment areas and increasing comfort during and after procedures, both new and existing patients receiving care at Virtue Dental Care may be offered Ozone therapy as part of their treatment plan. Our dental team will discuss the therapy with you and answer any questions that you may have.
The use of novel treatments such as Ozone therapy is just one benefit of visiting our dental practice. With over 35 years of experience, two dentists, and a highly trained professional team, we are well-equipped to care for you and love seeing our patients’ healthy smiles! Whether you are in need of a simple routine hygiene visit or have been suffering from toothaches or gum pain, we encourage you to call Virtue Dental Care today at (336) 606-0040.
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William Virtue, DDS, AGD, FIAOMT, DNM
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William Virtue, DDS, AGD, FIAOMT, DNM studied dentistry at Indiana University and opened Virtue Dental Care in 1979. He became interested in biological dentistry many years ago as he realized that dentistry should benefit one’s overall health and not just oral health. That is why he practices mercury-safe, biocompatible dentistry in accordance with the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology’s (IAOMT) health and safety standards. He is SMART (Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique) certified by the IAOMT too.
Dr. Virtue was President of the Forum for Contemporary Dental Esthetics and the IAOMT, of which he is also a Fellow. He enjoys teaching biological dentistry to dentists and staff. He continues to educate himself on developments in dentistry to provide the best services for patients.
Mary Katherine Taylor, DDS, ADA, NCDS, AIAOMT
Mary Katherine Taylor, DDS, ADA, NCDS, AIAOMT became interested in dentistry at an early age and volunteered at dental clinics. A student of Starmount High School and Wake Forest University, she earned her dental degree from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Dentistry. She is passionate about education and prevention: She updates her knowledge with a variety of continuous education courses while teaching patients about caring for and maintaining their teeth for a long, healthy life.