Hyperbaric oxygenation therapy is suitable for treating all conditions of the oral cavity.
In the oral cavity, infections are primarily caused by anaerobic bacteria, which do not require oxygen to operate.
Such infections can be located in the bone, gingivae (gums) or in the tooth/tooth implant itself.
Bone infections are usually caused by bacteria that penetrate to the bone through the teeth or gums.
In long term tooth infections, bacteria penetrate through the root-end opening and start damaging the adjacent bone.
Periodontitis/peri-implantitis is an inflammatory disease of the tissue surrounding the tooth or implant which causes the receding and decay of gums and bones surrounding the teeth.
A further example would be infections of the alveolar bone after tooth extraction, which are caused by the exposure of nerve endings as a consequence of an unhealed extraction wound and can be extremely painful.
All mentioned infections have in common the possibility to be cured with proper cleaning to eliminate bacteria and with the use of oxygen as a healing agent.
Oxygen, as a healing agent for conditions of the oral cavity:
- Prevents the metabolism of anaerobic (“bad”) bacteria
- Reduces tissue swelling and consequently pain is reduced as well
- Sanitises the infected area
- Contributes to the enhanced oxygenation of healthy tissues
- Aids osteoblasts in bone healing
- Reduces inflammatory factors
- Reduces the probability of rejecting implants