Dental Air Abrasion

Are you frightened to have a tooth filled because you know you are going to encounter the dreaded drill?  Let your fears subside, because modern technology has come to your rescue. When it was first invented in the 1940s, air abrasion was not as popular as the air rotor, as known as “the drill.” However, with vast improvements in technology, more dentists have discovered, or in some cases, rediscovered air abrasion.

I’m Dr. Randy LaFrom, a Cupertino and San Jose dentist, and I have used use “air abrasion”, also called “micro-abrasion,” in my practice for over 15 years. What is it, and what are its benefits?

Air abrasion removes decay by spraying tiny 27 micron aluminum oxide particles onto the tooth. It cuts down the need for “the drill,” in many cases and eliminates the need for anesthetic. Air abrasion works great for helping with repairs on cracked, stained, chipped, or discolored teeth. The procedure can prepare teeth for cosmetic veneers and bonding, and smooth rough edges on restorations.

Benefits include:

Minimal recovery time: Because air abrasion is non-evasive, patients experience little pain, and thus have little need for anesthesia.  Therefore, you bounce back from treatment more rapidly.

Quieter procedure: This instrument produces little noise, vibration and no heat, (the things that drills often are known for), so you are more comfortable during your procedure.

Enhanced accuracy: Air abrasion allows me to preserve the integrity of your tooth by only removing the decay and not creating edges or grooves in the tooth. While the traditional drill may cut too far into the tooth, in the attempt to expose an area of decay; the precise flow of the air abrasion allows making the procedure less invasive.

Better economics: In most cases, anesthesia is not necessary.  By removing the need for anesthesia, you cut down the cost of your procedure.

To find out more about air abrasion and alleviate your fear of “the drill,” call my dental office in Cupertino at (408)996-8595 to schedule an appointment.

~ by cupertinodentist on February 21, 2011.

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