AIR ABRASION - Gently removes tooth decay without needles or drills
Air abrasion or micro-abrasion involves using tiny particles of air and water to gently remove tooth decay. This is often accomplished without using needles to deliver local freezing to the affected tooth.
When is Air Abrasion Used? Minor or shallow tooth decay is well-suited to this treatment technique. These kinds of cavities are often referred to as “pit and groove” cavities that begin in the outer layer of the tooth’s enamel. Even minor tooth discolourations can sometimes be removed with this micro-abrasion. The result is smaller fillings that enable more of one’s natural tooth structure to be preserved.
Who Can Have Air Abrasion? Almost everyone can receive dental treatment using air abrasion. Young children, pregnant or medically compromised patients, and patients who cannot tolerate local anesthetics are among the candidates who are most often recommended this form of treatment for tooth cavities. Of course, in appropriate cases, it’s also ideal for those patients who are afraid of needles.
When more extensive tooth decay is present, patients with high anxiety have the option of sleep dentistry instead of having the procedure while they are awake but numbed with local freezing.
Complimentary Technology Micro-abrasion is only an option for patients whose tooth decay has been diagnosed at an early stage. Identifying cavities when they’re very small has become easier with the availability of laser treatment technologies like the DIAGNOdent, available at Twilight Dentistry.
Ask the Twilight Dentistry team today if DIAGNOdent or Air Abrasion is an option for your treatment needs.