OZONE THERAPY - BEATING THE ODDS
Dr. Swati Pandey and Dr. Saranik Sarkar*
Ozone (O3) is a triatomic molecule, an allotropic form of oxygen that acts as an oxidant and oxidizer. It acts as an air pollutant and a constituent of urban smog, if it is present at the ground level; as a protective layer from ultraviolet rays when present in earth’s upper atmosphere and as a medicine, when used on humans. Ozone has been used in medical field for more than 100 years but its use in dentistry has just begun to be explored. Its application in medicine and dentistry for the treatment of 260 different pathologies shows promising and better results as compared to conventional or conservative treatments alone. Its special antimicrobial property without the danger of antibiotic resistance which is prevailing in today’s era, gives us a new ray of hope in effective treatment outcomes with minimal side effects. Ozone has a wide application in dentistry which includes treatment of carious lesions, as an effective agent against wound healing impairments after surgical interventions, root canal irrigation and disinfection, plaque control, disinfection of dentures etc. It has shown promising results in all the fields of dentistry in some way or the other. This molecule has the power to change the face of dentistry in a miraculous way. This article is a brief review consisting of the details of ozone therapy, its role and fate in dentistry.
Keywords: Antimicrobial, Anti-inflammatory, COVID-19, Dentistry, Immunomodulatory, Ozone.
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