What is Air Abrasion?
Air Abrasion is a gentle spray of an air and powder mix that removes tooth decay. By controlling the speed and the intensity of both the powder and the air,we can make the procedure virtually painless. Since a shot is not necessary in most cases, you will not have numb or drooping lips after your dental procedure.
Air Abrasion almost never hurts – making it great for kids as well as adults.
Tell me a little more about air abrasion.
Since Air Abrasion is achieved by directing a thin stream of abrasive powder at the area of tooth decay, we remove only minimal sections of tooth – just the decayed area. Until now, all the dentist had available was that noisy drill. But it was so big in comparison to our beam of powder that it removed a lot of healthy tooth structure. Air Abrasion allows for very small cavity preparations and is part of what is called MicroDentistry.
Why is Air Abrasion better than the old drill?
The Air Abrasion device that we use is state-of-the-art. Its technology eliminates the odors, noise, vibration, micro-cracks and, in most cases, no shot associated with the drill.
Once Air Abrasion removes the decay, how is the cavity filled?
This is the beautiful part – literally! we will fill that cavity with a nearly invisible, non-mercury filling, making the entire tooth strong, long-lasting and resistant to decay.
Can children as well as adults benefit from Air Abrasion?
Absolutely! Air Abrasion is perfect for children. Most cavities that are detected early can be treated immediately without a drill and without a needle. The tooth is then restored with natural looking materials to strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure. Most children are not even aware of what the dentist is doing. Fewer dental appointments for the young patient are usually required because with Air Abrasion many more procedures can be completed in a single appointment!