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What is an Air Abrasion?

Posted in Fillings

An air abrasion is a newer dental technique for cleaning out small cavities in a tooth, to prepare for a filling. Like a mini-sandblaster, an air abrasion tip sprays tiny particles on the tooth surface to clean out the cavity. A filling is placed once the small amount of decay is removed.

In the past, dentists would always need to use a drill and sometimes numbed the tooth for filling procedures. With this modern technology, an air abrasion can be used on some cavities without a loud drill or an injection!

What are some advantages of an air abrasion?

  • In most cases, there is no need to be numb your mouth during this treatment.
  • This process is quicker and easier than traditional fillings.
  • Minimally invasive and less tooth structure is removed than regular filling procedure.
  • Since you will likely not be numb, your dentist can treat many teeth at one appointment
  • A more quiet technique.

Who would be a good candidate for this procedure?

Patients can benefit from an air abrasion if they are afraid of the dental drill, are young children, or if they have small cavities. If you visit your dentist for regular dental cleanings and checkups, they will be able to detect early cavities which might allow you to utilize the air abrasion technique.

Would you like to try an air abrasion?

Call your dentist and ask if they offer air abrasions at their practice. If they do, you can schedule an exam to have your teeth checked for early cavities. Your dentist will let you know whether or not an air abrasion is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 973-8222


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