Is Air Abrasion Safe?
Yes, air abrasion is safe. The only precautions needed before air abrasion are protective eyewear (to prevent eye irritation from the spray) and the possible use of a rubber dam (a rubber sheet that fits around teeth)
What Are the Advantages of Air Abrasion?
Compared with the traditional drilling method, the advantages of air abrasion are many and include the following:
- Air abrasion generates no heat, sound, pressure, or vibration.
- Air abrasion reduces the need for anesthesia, particularly if the cavity is shallow.
- Air abrasion leaves much more of the healthy tooth tissue behind.
- Air abrasion leaves the working area relatively dry, which is an advantage during the placement of composite fillings.
- Air abrasion reduces the risk of microfracturing and chipping of the tooth, which some experts believe can lead to premature restorative failures.
- Air abrasion allows the dentist to treat multiple sites in the mouth during a single visit.
- The procedure is relatively simple and quick.
Who Are the Best Candidates for Air Abrasion Procedures?
Air abrasion is ideal for use in children and others who are fearful and have minimal decay.
What is Air Abrasion Used for?
Air abrasion can also be used to: