What is Air Abraison?
Many people associate the high-pitched whirring of a dental drill with pain. Just the sound alone can make many people wince. Air abrasion is a drill-less technique that is being used by some dentists to remove early, small areas of tooth decay and to perform other procedures.
Its Dentistry Without the Drill!
Advantages of Air Abrasion
Compared with the traditional drilling method, the advantages of air abrasion are many and include the following:
Air abrasion generates no heat, pressure, or vibration.
Air abrasion sometimes reduces the need for anesthesia, particularly if the cavity is shallow.
Air abrasion leaves more of the healthy tooth tissue behind.
Air abrasion reduces the risk of fracturing and chipping of the tooth, which some dentists believe can affect the life span of the filling.
The procedure is relatively simple, although it may take longer than traditional drilling.
Tiny cracks and imperfections on a tooth can be fixed using air abrasion. Although air abrasion is not suitable for work on crowns and bridges, it is often used for bonding procedures, and on tooth restorations involving composite, or tooth-colored fillings.