Needing to have a cavity filled often causes a good deal of anxiety. Some patients are worried about the invasiveness of treatment, while others are apprehensive about the sound of the drill. Regardless of what makes you worried about decay treatments, you can experience a more efficient and healthier option for filling cavities with air abrasion cavity removal. This new option is a preferred alternative to traditional drills, but few dental patients truly know about the benefits.
What is Air Abrasion?
Air abrasion is a decay removal method that uses compressed air instead of a drill during treatment. This dental instrument sprays a stream of aluminum oxide particles directly onto the tooth, gently removing decayed material without the noise, friction, or heat of traditional drills. This process is also referred to as kinetic cavity preparation.
In addition to cavity removal, air abrasion technology is also used in root canal therapy. This technique is effective in preparing a tooth for sealants and bonding. The air abrasion equipment removes old composite fillings and has been helpful in lifting stains from tooth surfaces as well.
How Does Air Abrasion Work?
Because tiny particles are sprayed on your teeth, your dentist will provide you with goggles to shield your eyes while conducting the procedure. To protect neighboring teeth, your dentist will place a dam or a layer of resin around the treatment area.
For many, the primary benefit of this procedure is not having to hear the unpleasant sound of a traditional drill, but dentists also celebrate the health advantages. Because of the precise nature of the treatment, less of the natural tooth is removed, which lessens the need for local anesthetic. Your dentist can often treat multiple dental concerns in one visit, thanks to the efficiency of air abrasion.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
In more severe occurrences of decay, a traditional drill may be necessary, especially when removing deep decay. Teeth being filled with amalgam need stronger tools to remove the decay, as it requires a rougher surface for the material to bond securely.
Contact Us in Concord Today
At Smile Makers Dental in Concord, Dr. Ewing and our dedicated team take pride in providing state-of-the-art treatment for our patients. If you are interested in learning more about air abrasion cavity removal, call our office today to set up an appointment.