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.