(816) 741-7477

8600 NW 64th Street, Suite 201, Parkville, MO 64152  

Hours: Mon-Thu, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fri, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

Air Abrasion

Air Abrasion1Air abrasion is a drill-less technique that we use to remove tooth decay in relatively shallow cavities. During air abrasion, we aim a stream of fine particles at the decayed portion of a tooth and spray the decay away at a high velocity. The process is often compared to using a miniature sand blaster, and it is completely safe. Most patients prefer air abrasion because it is simpler than the traditional drilling method, and it usually leaves much more of the healthy tooth tissue intact. The majority of air abrasion fillings can be completed in 10 to 15 minutes or less, and patients often say it just feels like air is being blown across the tooth. We can’t use this technique on deeper cavities, but if you stay on top of your regular checkups, we are much more likely to discover a cavity while it is still small enough to use air abrasion. This is another great reason to see your dentist every 6 month