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Air Abrasion


Air Abrasion equipment at Nicholas W. Feldman, DDS, MBA Many people avoid coming to our office because they have dental phobia or fear of the dentists. The drilling is enough to keep them away. The good news is that at Nicholas W. Feldman, DDS, MBA we use air abrasion for those patients who detest the sound of drills.

What is Air Abrasion?


Air abrasion is a technique in which we don't use drills to remove decay from your teeth to fill a cavity or to perform other procedures where drilling is necessary. The tool we use works as a high-power pressure washer or sandblaster that removes decay.

How Does Air Abrasion Work?


Once you are ready for treatment, we will place protective eyewear on you to avoid any particles from getting in your eyes. To perform air abrasion treatments, we use a mix of materials that can include aluminum oxide, baking soda, or silica to provide a powerful stream that removes tooth decay with the tool. The compressed air in the instrument blasts the decay away, and then the tiny particles left behind are suctioned away through a small tube. Using this technique replaces the drill that many patients are afraid of.

Air Abrasion Pros and Cons


Aside from eliminating the loud noise made by a traditional drill, air abrasion has several advantages for patients:
•  There is no vibration or pressure
•  Sometimes patients do not need anesthesia for shallow cavities
•  Air abrasion is a simple procedure
•  Reduced risk of fracture from the drill
•  More of the tooth's structure is left behind

There are also some disadvantages that come with using air abrasion, including:
•  Can cause sensitivity for certain patients
•  Should not be used for larger cavities
•  Should not be used for cavities between teeth
•  Is limited to smaller cavities
•  Cannot be used for cosmetic procedures such as crowns
•  Should not be used for patients with certain health conditions such as pulmonary disease

Air abrasion is an ideal tool for people who are afraid of the dentist or sensitive to loud sounds from the drill, especially the elderly and young children who usually have smaller cavities. It’s a noninvasive and relatively pain-free procedure.

This tool can also be used for procedures such as removing old fillings, not including metal ones, preparing the tooth for bonding or sealants and eliminating superficial discoloration of the teeth.

Is Air Abrasion Safe?


Yes, air abrasion is safe for most patients, but there are some considerations for those who suffer from certain health conditions such as asthma, dust allergies, pulmonary disease, open wounds, and recent extractions. Therefore, it's vital that you let us know of any changes in your health history or any other current conditions that could affect your dental health.

Because we are concerned about your oral health, we don’t want you to skip your regular checkups twice a year. Air abrasion allows us to treat small cavities quickly and in most cases without the need for anesthesia. This is an excellent tool to keep sensitive patients comfortable. When you bring your children in for treatments, ask us about this option. We want to make sure all our patients are free of decay and have a healthy mouth.

Because we are concerned about your oral health, we don’t want you to skip your regular checkups twice a year. Air abrasion allows us to treat small cavities quickly and in most cases without the need for anesthesia. This is an excellent tool to keep sensitive patients comfortable. When you bring your children in for treatments ask us about this option. We want to make sure all our patients are free of decay and have a healthy mouth.

If you have more questions about air abrasion call Nicholas W. Feldman, DDS, MBA at (907) 802-4519.
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405 W 36th Ave #101
Anchorage, AK 99503


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