3 Ways Air Abrasion Can Help You

Tuesday May 20, 2014 by
Melissa Brown, DDS

The thought of drills, anesthesia and needles is enough to cause some people to stay as far away from the dentist office as possible. However, it’s still essential to make the visit so that your oral health is maintained. There is now a new dental technology called air abrasion that can be used to prepare teeth for bonding, removing old fillings, removing stains, and removing plaque and tooth decay. Read on to find out what exactly air abrasion is and some of the benefits it has.

How Does Air Abrasion Work?

Air abrasion is a micro-dentistry technique that is new to the industry and is being used to treat tooth decay and prepare teeth for dental work. It is similar to a sandblaster (on a much smaller scale of course) that is used to spray away decay. When used, a stream of particles that are made up of silica, aluminum oxide, or a baking soda mixture are aimed at the tooth and work to remove the decay. It is then sucked away through a small, thin tube and a filling is applied to keep the tooth protected from further harm.

What Are The Advantages Of Air Abrasion?

Unlike normal dental tools, Air Abrasion is one of the few that makes little noise so you can have a relaxing procedure. Here are just a few of the many benefits to using Air Abrasion:

  • There is no heat, sound, vibration, or pressure involved—great for those with a fear of dental tools
  • Reduced risk of chipping or fracturing a tooth
  • More of the healthy tooth matter is left intact
  • Relatively quick and simple procedure
  • Allows for the treatment of multiple teeth in one visit
  • Reduced need for anesthesia

Air abrasion can also be used to treat other problems aside from tooth decay. This includes the removal of composite fillings, preparation for sealants, and the removal of surface stains on teeth.

Find out if Air Abrasion is right for you!

As with many other dental procedures, air abrasion isn’t suitable for everyone. It works particularly well for those with minimal tooth decay and without any major underlying dental issues. Regular dental visits are, as always, necessary to help prevent any major damage. The visits will also help in spotting things such as cavities in the early stages and will increase the chances that air abrasion can be used as a treatment if needed.