Cleaning and Prevention
What is it?
Air Abrasion is a painless, quiet way to remove decay in small cavities or resurface older, discolored composite fillings. Our unit blows a high concentration of powder through a tiny nozzle onto the small area we want to clean. There is no friction on your teeth and therefore no need for anesthesia. We have also found that using air abrasion when placing sealants increases their retention.
What can I expect?
One of the greatest benefits to air abrasion is the fact it is non-invasive and there is no anesthetic needed.
The instrument used during the air abrasion process helps to produce a fine stream of specialized particles that help remove tooth decay. The particles, which are made from a mixture of baking soda, silica and aluminum oxide, are propelled toward the tooth with the help of gas or air. Once these decayed particles have been removed from the tooth, they are suctioned away.
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