Painless Drilling with Air Abrasion
By contactus@kramerkuhndental.com
July 01, 2015
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If the sound of a dentist’s drill is enough to send you screaming out of the dental office, you need to schedule an appointment with Chicago’s most caring dentists, Kramer Kuhn. Unlike other dental offices in Chicago, Kramer Kuhn only uses the latest technology to make sure that you are comfortable during your procedure whether you are having your teeth cleaned or waiting to have your name called for a root canal.

Air Abrasion is a relatively new dental procedure that utilizes aluminum oxide to remove decay and debris. One of the best things about Air Abrasion is that it truly is painless and usually does not require an anesthetic, although it may cause some slight sensitivity.

The American Dental Association explains that Air Abrasion is used to remove dental decay, but Air Abrasion can also be used for other dental procedures such as stain removal.

Much like a tiny sandblaster, Air Abrasion is a dental instrument that literally sprays away your tooth decay. When your dentist uses Air Abrasion, a fine spray of particles will be aimed at the decayed part of your tooth. The particles are made up of aluminum oxide, silica, or a mixture made from baking soda that is propelled toward the surface of your tooth with compressed air or gas that is fed through the hand piece on the Air Abrasion tool. Small parts of the decayed tooth are blasted away with Air Abrasion before being sucked into a thin tube.

Air Abrasion is safe to use with protective eyewear and a rubber dam being the only protection required. The eyewear protects you and your dentist from an irritation that may be caused from the Air Abrasion spray while the rubber sheet or dam is fitted around your teeth. Protective resin may also be applied to your nearby teeth and gums to make sure that the rest of your mouth stays safe.  

Compared with standard drilling, Air Abrasion has several advantages that include:

  • No vibration, pressure, or heat
  • Anesthesia reduction for shallow cavities
  • Leaves more of the healthy tooth intact
  • Reduces the risk of tooth chipping and fracturing

Although Air Abrasion is not completely free of pain as sometimes the particles can cause sensitivity, it is much more comfortable than traditional drilling. Air Abrasion is not recommended for deeper cavities that are close to the nerves in the teeth. Onlays, inlays, and crowns cannot be prepared using An Air Abrasion tool. However, Air Abrasion can be used for dental bonding and tooth restorations that involve tooth colored fillings or composite resin.

If you would like more information regarding Air Abrasion, schedule an appointment today with Chicago’s pain free dental practice, Kramer and Kuhn.  

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