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The Pros and Cons of Air Abrasion

The high-pitched, screeching sound of a dental drill can frighten or be irritating for dental patients of all ages. Fortunately, recent technology has developed an alternative method for cleaning teeth and treating tooth decay – air abrasion. Air abrasion is a virtually painless procedure in which a device blows a stream of small aluminum oxide particles on to the surface of the tooth to blast away decay.

Because air abrasion is very different than the typical drilling technique used, you may want to speak with a dentist prior to receiving treatment of this kind. To learn more about these types of procedures, contact an Austin dentist of BridgeView Dental today at 512-347-8299 to schedule an appointment.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Air abrasion

Like any dental procedure, there are advantages and disadvantages of air abrasion, some of which your dentist will address when discussing your treatment or dental procedure with you. Some of the advantages to air abrasion include:

  • Does not require anesthesia
  • Does not produce heat, vibration or sound
  • Does not damage or remove healthy tooth tissue
  • Less risk of fracturing enamel

Unfortunately, there are also disadvantages of air abrasion. This includes the following:

  • Can cause some sensitivity
  • Cannot be used to treat and repair deep cavities
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