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Drill-Less Dentistry: Air Abrasion

Air Abrasion is a technology that can replace conventional dental drilling in many situations

Air Abrasion Dentistry Toronto Air Abrasion, also known as micro-abrasion or “drill-less dentistry”, employs a kinetic energy principle where particles blast decay away. Air Abrasion technology functions much like sandblasting by blowing an air stream of tiny particles onto the tooth. The procedure can remove tooth structure without the noise, vibration or pain felt with the drill. This type of procedure is considered ultra-conservative dentistry, as it removes very little tooth structure.

Air Abrasion can be used without anesthetics!

In most cases it is possible to use the Air Abrasion system without anesthetic so patients can avoid anesthetic injections (i.e. freezing). Air Abrasion can be used effectively to repair cracks, discolorations and prepare tooth surfaces for bonding procedures.

Once decay has been removed, the tooth can be restored with composite resins or “white fillings”. Compared to drilling, the air abrasion process is quieter, and eliminates much of the discomfort of a conventional drill.

The term “micro-dentistry” has been used when referring to procedures done with the Air Abrasion unit, as the size of the filling is kept very small. In fact the width and depth of the filling can be less than 1mm.

Advantages to combining Air Abrasion & Diagnodent.

Diagnodent, a LASER tool for early decay detection, combined with Air Abrasion allows us to treat tooth decay at a much earlier stage. Early detection means smaller fillings that are less susceptible to wear, can last longer, and leave more of the tooth intact. Furthermore, the chair time for the patient is usually shorter.

Comfort is another aspect of the Air Abrasion system that many patients appreciate, especially when an anesthetic injection (i.e. freezing) is not required. This is a major benefit for pregnant or medically compromised patients. However, Air Abrasion can’t be used as an alternative in every dental procedure. During an examination, we will evaluate if Air Abrasion can be utilized.

Please contact us with any questions you may have about drill-less dentistry.


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