Air abrasion is a minimally invasive system that offers an alternative technique for removing tooth decay. It may also be employed to prepare the tooth surfaces for a bonding process, sealant applications, or remove tooth stains and discolorations. At Family Smiles Fort Lee, we use high-tech technology to deliver first-rate dental services and excellent skills to our patients.
What Is Air Abrasion?
Air abrasion comprises a gentle spray of an air and powder mix that removes tooth decay, generally thus eliminating the need for injections. Its technology removes the noise, vibration, odors, and minor cracks and, in most cases, the use of the drilling instrument. Although an air abrasion system cannot be used for teeth needing extensive treatments, it is rapidly becoming more versatile. It is remarkably well suited to address small to medium size cavities.
Candidates for Air Abrasion
Air abrasion is not suitable for every patient. The best candidates for air abrasion are those with minor tooth decay, children, and adults fearing dental drills. Regular dental exams will help identify cavities in their initial stages, thereby increasing the chances of having them removed with air abrasion. They can be also used to remove the existing composite fillings, prepare teeth for sealants, and remove surface stains on teeth.
Benefits of Air Abrasion
- Less natural tooth structure is removed
- No need for anesthesia in most cases.
- No vibrations, loud noises, or excessive pressure.
- Quicker, more straightforward procedures.
- Reduced risk of damage like chipping and fractures
- Teeth are left dry, which helps fillings placement.
Process of Air Abrasion
We will begin the process by thoroughly evaluating your dental condition to determine your suitability for using the air abrasion technique. First, rubber dams and cotton balls will separate the teeth and ensure the neighboring teeth are not disturbed. After magnifying them under specialized lighting, the affected teeth will be sprayed with aluminum oxide and silica particles. The compressed air delivered through a dental handpiece will provide enough pressure to remove the decaying matter. The debris will then be eliminated from the mouth with a suction device.
A special red chemical dye is employed to make sure all the remnants of decay are removed. An acid gel will then be painted to the affected areas to roughen the surface to allow for the successful placement of a filling.
We use the latest in technology, such as air abrasion, to offer comfortable dental services for our patients. Visit our office, Family Smiles Fort Lee, at 810 Abbott Boulevard Suite 302, Fort Lee, NJ 07024. You can also reach Dentist Fort Lee NJ at (201) 224-2705 and schedule an appointment.