If you are confused by the term Air Abrasion, you are not alone. Many people think that when you have a cavity that needs to be filled or some decay that needs to be removed from a tooth that the only way to get rid of the decay is by drilling.
Many people find this extremely unpleasant and for that very reason, they avoid coming to the dentist because they do not want the experience of having their teeth drilled. We are here to tell you that there is an alternative to drilling out decay on a tooth prior to getting a filling or other treatment; that alternative is air abrasion.
If you have a tooth that has a small cavity or some amount of decay, before we can fill, cap, crown or otherwise repair and restore the tooth, we have to remove the decay. Traditionally, this is done by drilling out the decayed area and then repairing the tooth. Air abrasion is something that our dentists use in lieu of drilling.
Think of it as similar to a power washer, how the concentrated beam of water removes dirt and grime off of a concrete wall, air abrasion uses a stream of air and removes the decay from the surface of the tooth. It effectively prepares the tooth for sealants and can also be used to remove discoloration from the teeth.
Our staff have been thoroughly trained in restorative dentistry and are more than happy to talk with you about the options you have when it comes to your oral health. Whether you are looking for cosmetic restoration simply removing spots or stains from your teeth and preparing them for veneers, or if you have old fillings that need to be repaired and removed, we are here to help.
There are alternatives to the drill, and in our office, we are happy to take care of your dental needs!