With air abrasion, a fine, pressurized stream of microscopic abrasive powder is propelled at your tooth. The system can be compared to a minature sand blaster, removing small worn fillings, discoloration, stains and small amounts of decay as the power strikes your tooth.
The Advantages of Air Abrasion
- No vibration, and little or no heat generatioin
- Precise removal of the minimum amount of tooth structure
- Often no need for anesthetic, so there's no numbness
- A great option for restoring a child's tooth
We can't use air abrasion to remove decay between teeth, or to prepare a tooth for a large filling, a crown or silver amalgam filling. However, air abrasion is a great option when the decay is shallow or small, and it often allows us to avoid anesthetic or "drill."