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Air Abrasion

Air abrasion is a relatively new technique in dentistry that offers a painless alternative to traditional dental drilling. Instead of using a dental drill, air abrasion employs powerful particles of aluminum oxide to remove debris and decay from teeth.

One of the main advantages of air abrasion is that it often eliminates the need for anesthetic injections, making it an attractive option for patients who experience dental anxiety or fear of needles. The procedure involves directing a focused stream of abrasive particles onto the affected area of the tooth, gently and precisely removing the decayed or damaged portions.

During the air abrasion process, a specialized device delivers the aluminum oxide particles to the tooth surface. These particles are propelled by a stream of compressed air, creating a fine spray that efficiently removes the targeted material. The patient wears protective eyewear to shield their eyes from the particles.

As the air abrasion removes the decay or debris, it creates a gritty feeling in the mouth. However, this sensation is temporary and can be quickly rinsed away with water or suction using a small device.

Air abrasion is particularly useful for addressing minor cracks and imperfections on teeth. It is commonly employed in bonding procedures, where a tooth-colored composite material is applied to improve the appearance or function of a tooth. Air abrasion prepares the tooth surface for bonding, ensuring optimal adhesion and a natural-looking result.

It's important to note that while air abrasion is effective for certain dental treatments, it may not be suitable for all cases. It is not typically used for work on crowns and bridges, as these restorations require a different approach. Your dentist will determine if air abrasion is the right choice for your specific dental needs and treatment goals.

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