Air Abrasion Dentistry Techniques to Improve the Patient Experience

Few people look forward to a visit with the dentist. Indeed, many procrastinate needed checkups or treatments to avoid what can be an unpleasant hour or two in the chair. However, modern air abrasion dentistry techniques improve the patient experience by increasing comfort and speed while protecting healthy tooth enamel.

Air abrasion dentistry replaces the familiar “drill and fill” method with a handheld tool best described as a mini sandblaster. Decay and unwanted material are removed with great precision by a stream of high-speed compressed air and abrasive powder. Nearly painless, the technique produces superior cleaning, surface preparation, and repair.

Benefits of Air Abrasion Dentistry

For comfort, safety, and speed, air abrasion techniques offer these important advantages over traditional dental practices:

  • Improved Patient Comfort – Air abrasion delivers a welcome quiet when compared with the dentist’s drill. It also results in almost no pain, reducing the need for anesthesia during procedures. Children and other pain-sensitive patients will love the lack of needles!
  • Protects Healthy Tooth Enamel – With great precision, air abrasion dentistry produces no heat or vibration. Thus, it results in less tooth fracturing when removing old fillings. Likewise, dentists can safely repair porcelain veneers.
  • Faster – Not only is air abrasion itself efficient, but with a reduced need for anesthesia, dentists can finish multiple procedures in a single visit. Overall, it means less time in the dentist chair.

Faster, Safer, Tooth Repair

With common tooth repair procedures, air abrasion offers distinct advantages over traditional drilling. Dental professionals can quickly remove decay without damaging the healthy portion of the tooth. The technique leaves the tooth dry, with a surface prepared for composite fillings.

In addition to removing decay, air abrasion provides a safe and efficient method of smoothing chipped or cracked teeth. And it also offers a safe method for removing and repairing existing porcelain and composite restorations. Fillings last longer and teeth suffer less damage in the process.

Enhanced Bonding

Air abrasion roughens the surface of the tooth prior to placing fillings or sealants to promote excellent adhesion. These bonding properties also become valuable in cosmetic dental procedures that apply a resin material to repair or reshape teeth. Think of repairing chips, closing gaps between teeth, and making teeth appear longer.

Air Abrasion Dentistry

Improved bonding also finds a welcome home in orthodontics. Over time, teeth and the attached braces suffer significant wear and tear. When the orthodontist treats the teeth with air abrasion before attaching the orthodontic bracket, studies show significantly greater retention.

Fast and Comfortable Cleaning and Whitening

When used for cleaning, air abrasion enables the fast and comfortable removal of plaque and decay. Some practices also use air abrasion to whiten teeth. This gentle, yet effective process removes stains from coffee, smoking, medications, and other substances that cause discoloring. The polishing produced also helps to prevent future stains.

Furthermore, using air abrasion for cleaning promotes ongoing dental health. First, it may expose developing decay before it can be detected by an x-ray. Second, the use of baking soda as the abrasive media helps restore PH balance in the mouth. It also increases protection against future decay when used before applying sealants.

Air Abrasion Dentistry in Modern Practice

Airbrasive helps a modern dental practice move forward by incorporating air abrasion dentistry techniques. With seven decades of experience in micro-abrasive blasting, our professional staff have worked with dentists and dental labs nationwide to provide solutions. From precision nozzles to blasting units and abrasive powders, we have your dental practice covered.