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Air Abrasion

Is Air Abrasion Safe?

Yes, air abrasion is safe. The only precautions needed before air abrasion are protective eye wear (to prevent eye irritation from the spray) and the use of a rubber dam (a rubber sheet that fits around teeth) or protective resin applied to nearby teeth and gums to protect areas of the mouth that aren't being treated. The suctioning of particles also prevents them from being breathed into the lungs. 

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 fracturing and chipping of the tooth, which some dentists believe can affect the life span of the filling.

• Air abrasion allows the dentist to treat multiple sites in the mouth during a single visit.

•The procedure is relatively simple and quick.