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Air Abrasion: A Gentle Approach to Removing Tooth Decay

At Dental Smiles of Joliet, we understand that some patients may feel anxious about dental treatments, particularly those involving drills. Air abrasion technology offers a comfortable and effective alternative for removing tooth decay and preparing teeth for certain procedures.

What is Air Abrasion?

Air abrasion is a minimally invasive technique that uses a gentle stream of fine particles to remove tooth decay. Similar to a sandblaster, this technology allows our dentists to precisely target and remove decayed areas while preserving healthy tooth structure. This method is often quieter and produces less vibration compared to traditional dental drills, making it a more comfortable experience for many patients.

Benefits of Air Abrasion

Minimally invasive: Removes decay while preserving healthy tooth structure.

  • Comfortable: Quieter and produces less vibration than traditional drills, reducing anxiety for patients.
  • May eliminate the need for anesthesia: In some cases, air abrasion can be used without local anesthesia, making the procedure more comfortable.
  • Faster treatment times: Air abrasion can often be completed more quickly than traditional methods.

Applications of Air Abrasion

  • Removing tooth decay
  • Preparing teeth for bonding or sealants
  • Removing certain stains and discolorations

Limitations of Air Abrasion

While air abrasion is a valuable tool, it may not be suitable for all situations. For instance, treating large cavities or removing old fillings may still require traditional methods. Our dentists will assess your individual needs and recommend the most appropriate treatment approach.

Contact Dental Smiles of Joliet Today

If you're interested in learning more about air abrasion and whether it's right for you, contact Dental Smiles of Joliet today. We are committed to providing comfortable and effective dental care for patients in Joliet, Illinois and the surrounding communities.

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