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How Air Abrasion Can Make Your Dentist Visit More Pleasant

Posted on 4/17/2016 by Allan Hablutzel
A woman undergoing an air abrasion technique.Do you have an upcoming dental appointment to have a cavity filled? Most people dread this process, but a new technology is making your dental visit more pleasant than ever - air abrasion.

Understanding Air Abrasion

If you have a cavity, a filling will be needed to treat it. First, the decayed material needs to be removed along with some of the natural tooth structures so that the filing can fit into the tooth. In the past, this procedure was always performed with a small drill, but new air abrasion technology is now available.

This tool works to remove debris by using small bits of aluminum oxide with a tool that looks similar to a mini sandblaster. Compressed air is used to blast particles at the cavity before the waste is suctioned out, and once the process is finished, the cavity can be filled with the best dental material for your mouth.

The Benefits of Air Abrasion

Air abrasion is a much more pleasant way for tooth decay to be removed than use of a traditional drill. With air abrasion tools, less of the original tooth structure will be removed, leaving you with a tooth that is stronger and more durable after your cavity is filled. The removal of less tooth might also reduce the amount an anesthesia that you need during your treatment.

While air abrasion sounds like a miracle technology that you'll want for any dental procedure, it is important to note that it will only be available in certain situations. There are still cases where the traditional drill will be needed, such as treating a deep cavity, performing a root canal, or preparing a tooth to receive a crown.

If you think that you might be a good candidate for air abrasion to treat your cavity, contact our office for guidance today.
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