Many people have phobias of the dentist, this can be for many different reasons such as smells, clinical facilities, or instruments that are used in procedures. New techniques in modern dentistry mean that some clinics are using drill-free dentistry or techniques. The dentist’s drill being one of the most common phobias of many patients. This drill – free technique is called air – abrasion. Air – abrasion techniques were in fact first used in dentistry in the 1950’s. Although popular with patients, it’s use faded due to unsuitable bonding materials in regards to fillings, crowns and so on. In recent years products and techniques have been redeveloped. Air – abrasion dentistry can be used in cases of tooth decay, as well as chipped, fractured or discoloured teeth.
Here we take a look at air – abrasion techniques in dentistry, the advantages as well as limitations, in comparison to traditional techniques, what to expect in a procedure and more!
What to know more about tooth decay?
Air – abrasion dentistry is a way to remove tooth decay without the use of a dental drill. The air – abrasion instrument uses a powerful stream of tiny aluminium oxide particles which sand against the tooth. The tiny particles are aimed at the affected parts of the tooth, removing the decay, which is then removed by air suction.
In the case of a fractured or worn tooth, this air – abrasion technique can be used to sculpt the tooth for preparation for fillings, crowns, Maryland bridges, or veneers.
The Brighton Implant Clinic was established in 2009, Hove, East Sussex. The award – winning clinic now spans over four sites in Hove, Brighton, Worthing, and Hailsham. Founder and principal dentist Dr Bruno Silva has created a clinic with state of the art facilities and equipment including its own dental laboratory. We provide personalised and affordable dental care, including dental implants and cosmetic dentistry solutions, with additional services such as sedative dentistry. Dr Silva advocates continuous professional development and this is why he has a highly skilled team of dentist, surgeons, and dental nurses. A smile can renew your confidence, lift your self-esteem, and make you feel more positive and that’s why we believe smiling is fundamental.