What is Air
San Jose general
and cosmetic dentistry by Top Best *8* San
Jose Dentists Specialists Centers - Jonathan H. Kim,
DDS, Inc. offers air abrasion --
a drill-less technique that is being used by
some dentists to remove tooth decay and for
How Does Air Abrasion Work?
During air abrasion, an instrument that
works like a mini sandblaster is used to
spray away decay. During air abrasion, a
fine stream of particles is aimed at the
decayed portion of the tooth. These
particles are made of silica, aluminum
oxide, or a baking soda mixture and are
propelled toward the tooth surface by
compressed air or a gas that runs through
the dental handpiece. Small particles of
decay on the tooth surface are removed as
the stream of particles strikes them. The
particles of decay are then "suctioned"
What Are the Advantages of Air Abrasion?
Compared with the traditional drilling
method, the advantages of San Jose air
abrasion by Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists
Specialists Centers - Jonathan H. Kim, DDS, Inc. are
many and include the following:
- Air abrasion generates no heat, sound,
pressure, or vibration.
- Air abrasion reduces the need for
anesthesia, particularly if the cavity is
- Air abrasion leaves much more of the
healthy tooth tissue behind.
- Air abrasion leaves the working area
relatively dry, which is an advantage during
the placement of composite fillings.
- Air abrasion reduces the risk of
micro-fracturing and chipping of the tooth,
which some experts believe can lead to
premature restorative failures.
- Air abrasion allows the dentist to treat
multiple sites in the mouth during a single
Acknowledgement: Information above is
courtesy of WebMD.