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"DRILLESS FILLINGS"   
AIR ABRASION

Silence of the drill       

     We can comfortably treat small cavities with smaller fillings with our "drill less"  (air abrasion) procedure.

No drillings sounds or harsh vibrations

     This involves a  defined miniature sandblaster like instrument that sprays a chalky like, non-toxic abrasive powder (aluminum oxide) are propelled against the tooth that is precision and gentle. This process efficiently leaves the undecayed areas of your tooth intact to preserve your natural enamel and as much of the healthy tooth structure as possible.  

Acts like a sandblaster and removes less tooth structure than a drill

     The air abrasion is perfect for children, because with regular check ups the decay can be located early and often times it can be treated without injections or the noisy drill sounds thus increasing the basis for a good patient -dentist relationship and a healthy mouth.

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     Advantages:

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Small cavities

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No drill noises

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Quiet

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Produces no vibrations or heat

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Conservative nature of the procedure where only a small amount of the tooth is removed at a time

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May not need anesthesia

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Treat children without the two things they fear most- the needle and the drill.

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    Limitations 

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Can only be used with small cavities not in deep decay

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Can not be used for root canals or crown preparation or gum treatment

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Only tooth colored fillings can be used not silver or amalgam

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Dental drill may still be needed to complete the preparation

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Leaves a powdery residue after treatment which is suctioned out

    Use
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Used for treating small to medium sized cavities

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Prepared for dental sealants

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Clean out crowns

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Removing stains on surface of teeth

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Preparing teeth for white "resin" filings

  

     We will ask you to wear special glasses to protect your eyes from irritation.

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February 06, 2008

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