Many times, small areas of decay can be treated without anesthesia using dental air abrasion. An air abrasion system works great on small cavities that will be filled with non-metallic materials. It is also used on cracks and discolored teeth, to prepare teeth for bonding procedures or cosmetic surgery. At times, our dental doctors will use air abrasion to remove stains and spots or repair old fillings, sealants, crowns or a dental bridge.
Drs. Hanneman and Leeman have considerable experience using this technique for restorative dental procedures. A hand piece the blows a powerful air stream of tiny oxide particles, which bounce off the tooth and blast the decay away. Our dentists gently control air pressure, flow rate, and nozzle diameter to produce the amount of precision of abrasion needed. So fine and accurate, it gives our dentists the ability to target precisely so more of the natural tooth is left untouched.
Restorations without needles or drills. We take pride in providing pain-free dentistry!
Our dental air abrasion units make little noise, and generates no pressure or vibration. The precautions needed are protective eye wear and the use of a rubber dam or protective resin applied to nearby teeth and gums to protect areas of the mouth that aren’t being treated. We believe this technique is ideal for children or those who are sensitive to dental discomfort.
Is air abrasion a suitable tool for all decay? Unfortunately, no. Deep decay still requires more conventional treatments. We use air abrasion for sealing the pits and fissures on the biting surfaces of teeth. Before sealing, pits and fissures are tested for decay using our DIAGNOdent laser.