What Is Professional Air Abrasion Used for?
Professional air abrasion is used for a variety of dental treatments. One of the most common is clearing and cleaning a tooth with a cavity, so that the tooth can be repaired with a dental crown, cap, inlay, or onlay. It might also be used to prepare the tooth for a dental sealant. Air abrasion is also very helpful in some cases where a tooth has a lot of discoloration on the surface.
Sometimes, we are unable to use air abrasion. If you have a really deep cavity, we may still need to use a traditional dental drill. But in all cases, we will make sure you are comfortable and have the proper local anesthetic to make sure you won’t feel any pain during the procedure.
What Are the Benefits of Air Abrasion?
Professional air abrasion makes things much easier for both the dentist and the patient. Patients are often put off by dental drills. Air abrasion is more gentle on the teeth and doesn’t put a lot of pressure on them. Because of this, less anesthesia is needed with air abrasion.
You would think that a dental drill would be more precise than air abrasion, but it is the opposite. Air abrasion is extremely precise and allows the dentist to target a specific area with much more accuracy. This also reduces the chance of a tooth accidentally chipping while the debris is being cleared away.