Air Abrasion

Air Abrasion Tool

What are the Benefits of Air Abrasion?

Prevention -- Earlier detection and treatment of cavities means less damage to teeth.

Speed -- Most air abrasion fillings can be completed in 10 to 15 minutes or less.

Comfort -- Greatly reduced vibrations, sounds and unpleasant sensations.

Precision -- Helps maintain integrity of tooth structure by removing only a minimal section of tooth.

Appearance -- Improved, tooth-colored filling material looks more natural than traditional metallic fillings.

Air abrasion can help Dr. Davis provide better care while providing you a better comfort during your visit.

The facts about Air Abrasion:

How Safe is Air Abrasion?

Very. Approved by both the Food and Drug Administration and the American Dental Association, air abrasion is so safe it can even be used on small children and pregnant women.

Will I Need An Anesthetic During the Procedure?

In the majority of cases, no anesthetic injection is necessary. Most patients remain comfortable throughout the procedure with no numbness afterward. However, if you are one of the rare people who are uneasy, we will be happy to take appropriate measures to ensure your comfort

Is the Procedure Safe for Children?

Yes. In fact, due to the improved comfort level and speed of air abrasion, it's often the treatment of choice for children. Many children treated with air abrasion early-on avoid the apprehension (dental anxiety) that traditional methods may stimulate.

What Steps are Involved?

Because air abrasion is most often used on conservative restorations, we may first apply a special cavity detection dye to your teeth to identify the location and extent of decay that might otherwise go undetected by x-rays and visual examinations. We then use a instrument that delivers a gentle stream of compressed air and a superfine powder of abrasive particles to quickly remove the decay. Finally, we fill the cavity with a tooth-colored, non-metallic filling that offers many benefits, including strength, longevity and appearance.

What Does The Procedure Feel Like?

Many patients say it feels and sounds similar to air being blown across the tooth. The procedure moves so quickly that some people aren't even aware that the air abrasion process is under way.

What Procedures can Air Abrasion Perform?

Air abrasion is most often used to remove decay in it's early stages. It can also remove stains, repair chipped, fractured or worn teeth and prepare teeth for cosmetic procedures.

What are the Limitations of Air Abrasion?

While air abrasion offers many benefits, it is not always appropriate for  all procedures, such as removing large silver (amalgam) fillings or removing deep decay. Based on your individual situation, we will determine what technology is most beneficial to you.


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