AZ Dental provides air abrasion to remove decay from your teeth and help prepare your teeth for further restorative treatment.  This state-of-the-art treatment is quiet, heatless, and minimally invasive, making it an excellent choice for patients who fear the drill.  We welcome you to contact us at 408-437-1111 to learn more about air abrasion in San Jose, California, and schedule your appointment with Drs. Navdeep Aulakh, Parin Patel, Kevin Hashemi, Heidi Lee, Nipa Shetha, and Victoria Furman.

Air abrasion is a treatment similar to sandblasting, in which tiny particles are propelled towards the teeth to scour away decay.  After the decay has been removed, a composite filling is provided to seal the tooth and prevent further damage.  Anesthetic is almost never required for an air abrasion treatment, and our dentists can treat multiple teeth in a single appointment.  Air abrasion makes it easy to identify and remove decay.

Some benefits of air abrasion include:

  • Preservation of your natural tooth structure
  • No need for anesthesia
  • No vibrations, horrible noises, or pressure
  • Quicker, easier procedures
  • Reduced risk of further damage to the teeth (i.e., chipping and fractures)
  • Teeth remain dry, which is helpful for the placement of fillings

Air abrasion is an excellent treatment for children, patients with only minimal tooth decay, and patients who become anxious about drills.  This treatment is also very helpful for removing existing composite fillings, removing surface stains, and preparing teeth to receive dental sealants.

When providing air abrasion, our dentists will examine your teeth, and will place rubber dams and cotton balls in your mouth to separate the teeth needing treatment and ensure the other teeth are not affected.  We will then spray your teeth with particles, including aluminum oxide and silica, and jets of compressed air will help the particles scour the decay from your mouth.  We will use a suction device to remove waste from your mouth.

After finishing your air abrasion treatment, we will check that all traces of decay are gone using a special red chemical dye.  Our dentists will apply an acid to the surfaces of the treated teeth to roughen them in preparation for a composite dental filling.  We can only use composite dental fillings following air abrasion treatments, as the treatment process leaves the teeth too smooth for metal fillings to adequately adhere.

For more information about air abrasion, call our practice today.