Air Abrasion Dental Technology

Air Abrasion Dental Technology 2017-05-10T14:12:36+00:00

Air Abrasion

Air Abrasion Dental Technology Requires Little or No Anesthesia

Can small cavities be detected early, and filled without anesthesia, with only the minimal removal of tooth material? Can routine dental procedures be performed without vibration or pressure causing discomfort to patients? Can the piercing sound of a dental drill become a thing of the past? Yes! This will all be possible in the future, in fact, this is all achievable and happening now with Air Abrasion Technology.

Air abrasion is a dental tool, which is used by dentists for many purposes. It resembles a bit to a mini-sandblaster, using compressed air or gas that can be precisely aimed with a fine stream of abrasive particles. The particles are small and high speed, effective to remove tiny bits of material in decayed portion of the tooth. The debris can be whisked away with the help of a suction tube.

Some uses of air abrasion tools are removing dental cavities, filling cavities with composite material, preparing teeth for bonding, veneering, removing stains, and some other procedures.

How Does It Work?

Only minute amounts of tooth structure can be removed by the tiny abrasive practices, this makes a drill look coarse by comparison. Settings such as air pressure, flow rate, and nozzle diameter can be controlled accurately to produce the amount of precision of abrasion needed. The result of air abrasion technology: minimal invasion to remove decayed or unwanted tooth material.

To protect other teeth from abrasive particles, a rubber shield is also used. If needed, protective resin can also be used to coat nearby teeth and gums.

Advantages of Air Abrasion

Air abrasion makes very little noise, and generates no pressure or vibration, since it does not require a whirring drill. Anesthesia can be avoided, if the cavity is not too deep. It leaves more healthy tooth material behind, and reduces the chance of tooth damage. These reasons make air abrasion ideal for children or those who are sensitive to dental discomfort. It is perfect to treat tiny cavities detected by laser, and sealing them before it causes bigger problems.

Air abrasion truly shines in minimally invasive procedures. Being a very fine scale instrument, it eliminates itself as a tool to treat deep cavities or remove old metal fillings. It offers unique benefits to dentists and patients alike, when used as a high tech tool to perform preventive and restorative dental procedures. Air abrasion is all set to make the dental drill obsolete one day.