Air abrasion is a drill-less and more gentle approach to remove minor decay and stain from the teeth. An air abrasion unit is a small instrument that blasts a fine stream of air and particles onto the teeth to spray away decay and stain. The small particles are made off silica, aluminum oxide or baking ssodda and aid in cleaning the tooth surface. Air abrasion allows for decay to quickly be removed while conserving healthy tooth structure. The particles and decay are then suctioned out of the mouth.
Air abrasion is gentle because it generates no heat, sound, pressure, or vibration. In addition, it reduces the need for anesthesia, making it an ideal choice for children and those who experience dental anxiety.