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What is Air Abrasion?


Until recently, there was only one way to remove small, worn-out fillings or decay in teeth the traditional dental drill. Today there is a new option that in many cases allows your Houston dentist to work without physically touching the tooth. This new technology is called air abrasion.

Air abrasion involves the use of a special handpiece that creates a beam of abrasive particles propelled by a stream of clean, dry air. Air abrasion is most effectively used for:

  Small, early cavities

  Repair of small chips

  Removal of small discolorations and stains
  Repair or replacement of fillings

The advantages of air abrasion over traditional techniques are:

  There is no vibration and little or no heat generation, so anesthetic can often be avoided.

  It eliminates any "microfractures" that sometimes occur with a traditional handpiece.

  It accurately removes the very minimum amount of tooth structure.

After preparation, teeth are generally restored with one of the new white cosmetic filling materials that can be bonded to the teeth.


Air abrasion is a terrific new technology that helps avoid the use of needles and that uncomfortable numb feeling. It removes the smallest possible amount of tooth structure, and enables your Houston dentist, in only a few minutes, to place strong, natural-looking dental cosmetic restorations.


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