Air Abrasion

Air abrasion is a technique to remove decay from a tooth without using a drill. The air abrasion hand piece blows a strong air stream of tiny aluminum oxide particles onto the tooth. It can also be used to repair chipped, worn, fractured or discolored teeth.

The procedure is virtually painless and does not generally require an anesthetic. It involves less heat, noise, vibration and sensitivity and is a shorter process than other traditional methods. It is not an alternative for every procedure, but is beneficial for children or others who may be afraid of the needle of a regular drill.

Following the procedure, you may be left with dusty debris particles in your mouth - these are harmless and easy to rinse. You may be required by your dentist to wear protective glasses and a rubber dam in your mouth to act as a barrier to these particles during your air abrasion procedure. If you have a deep cavity you may also experience some sensitivity.

At Art of Modern Dentistry, we make every effort to make you comfortable during an air abrasion procedure. If you are interested and would like to learn more, call us today!

 

 

Courtesy of Know Your Teeth

http://www.knowyourteeth.com/infobites/abc/article/?abc=A&iid=284&aid=1112

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