Modern dentistry is a hotbed for high tech innovation—and the latest trend sweeping the ever-evolving world of dental care is air abrasion technology. This technology allows a degree of precision and accuracy that improves patients’ comfort and provides a deeper degree of cleaning, so it’s no wonder that more and more dentists are exploring the possibilities it offers.
Initially studied by Dr. Robert Black in the mid-1940’s, the use of air abrasion technology for dental applications was successfully introduced in 1951. After many decades of advancement, air abrasion has now become the preferred alternative to drilling for the removal of tooth decay. Unlike drilling, this technology does not generate excess pressure, heat, or vibrations, making it ideal for the patient-centric industry.
New possibilities in the world of dental care
When it comes to filling cavities, a new approach utilizing air abrasion technology may hold many advantages over drilling. This innovative procedure provides the same desired results, but uses a technique that is significantly more comfortable for the patient.
Traditionally, a drill is used to file down the tooth before the cavity can be filled. But nobody enjoys the loud whirring of a drill—especially when that drill is in their mouth! As a more pleasant alternative, savvy dentists can now quietly blast air filled with aluminum oxide particles at problem areas to blow decay off the surface of the tooth. In many cases, this eliminates the need for numbing gels and anesthesia, since unlike drilling, this technique is not painful.
More innovation on the horizon
Replacing drilling is just the beginning. Dental labs are also starting to use air abrasive blasting technology to remove enamel from implants, clean the surfaces of implants and crowns, fix small chips in teeth, and remove hard tooth structures without heat.
Air abrasive units have made it simple to repair different textures with increasingly precise and impressive results. The latest use of this technology has been in the area of surface preparation, where the technique is used to break down the highly polished surface of an implant and produce expertly textured surfaces that are perfect for bonding procedures.
Minimally-invasive dentistry is revolutionizing the dental field—and micro abrasive technology has helped dentists around the globe meet the evolving needs of their patients. Offering an unprecedented level of control, precision, and comfort, Airbrasive® units are ideal for dental labs, and many dentists are already harnessing the possibilities this technology offers.
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