What Is Air Abrasion Treatment?
This newer treatment for tooth decay uses a thin stream of particles to gently and safely get rid of decay. The instrument resembles a mini-sandblaster and uses particles made from silica, baking soda, or an aluminum oxide mixture to wear away the decay. The propellant is either compressed air or gas.
The pieces of decay and the stream of particles are suctioned out of the mouth with a suction tube during treatment. The other teeth are protected with either a rubber dam or protective resin. The patient must also wear protective eyewear to prevent eye irritation.
Once the decay has been removed using the air abrasion treatment, the cavities can be filled as normal using composite fillings. Multiple teeth can be treated in one visit with air abrasion.
When Is Air Abrasion Treatment Used?
This treatment can only be used to remove early-stage decay from teeth. It can’t be used to treat deep cavities or prepare teeth for crowns, inlays, and other advanced treatments.
When you make an appointment for a consultation with a doctor at our Cerritos office, the doctor will examine your teeth and determine if air abrasion treatment is an option for treating your cavities. If so, you can make an appointment for the treatment after your consultation or begin treatment. If air abrasion treatment is not recommended, the doctor will explain why it’s not appropriate and what your treatment options are.