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Minimally Invasive Ozone Extractions

By Dr. Peter Silver

Screen shot 2015-03-29 at 9.05.11 AMThere are times when a tooth is so badly decayed or damaged that it cannot be saved. That is when we look at wiggling out the tooth. With the proper use of anesthesia and using pain free injection techniques, we are able to make patients profoundly numb so that they do not have any pain. All they feel is pressure. This is not fiction, this is a fact in my office.

Ok, now you are thinking that this author has gone mad, how can an extraction be minimally invasive and what does ozone have to do with it? Well if you read on, your valid queries will be answered.

Traditional extractions involve using surgical instruments that haven't changed in over 200 years. Without getting graphic, this involves pushing and pulling the tooth until it is loose enough to remove. Sadly, there is usually a lot of collateral trauma created on the surrounding tissue and bone.

Just over 20 years ago, Dr. Richard Golden began to develop a newly designed dental instrument that provides a simple mechanical advantage by employing first-class lever mechanics. Now, a dentist trained in this technique can simply and predictably extract virtually any tooth in any condition, in a few minutes, while preserving the bone and socket. Achieving atraumatic extractions have never been easier for the patient. When you cause so much less trauma removing the tooth, there is little to no discomfort afterwards. Healing is much faster, because there is less to heal.

Once the tooth is out, ozone gas is applied to the socket to kill any bacteria and start the healing process. Then we take a resorbable sponge and coat it liberally in ozonated oil. This is placed in the socket and left there to help form a blood clot and induce rapid healing. It doesn't taste delicious, but extraction sites treated with the oil, heal two to three times faster than those that aren't.

When it comes to replacing a missing tooth, we now have the option of placing Minimally Invasive Ozone Implants. To read more about this and other uses of ozone in dentistry, go to