How long have dentists been drilling teeth? Would you believe 9,000 years? In an ancient graveyard in Pakistan, archaeologists discovered skulls containing teeth that had received drilling. The stone-age dentists removed decay using drills constructed of sharpened flint.
Though dentistry would not be possible without drilling, the sound of a dental drill can make many young patients’ hearts pound. However, there is another way dentists can remove decay.
Air abrasion or drill-less dentistry is a better method. An air abrasion instrument removes material by spraying little aluminum oxide particles onto the tooth. The particles work like a sandblaster spraying away from the affected tooth structure.
The many merits of air abrasion make it a popular procedure for pediatric dentists and patients alike.
Because air abrasion is usually pain-free, the need for anesthesia is reduced. The air abrasion instrument does not generate vibrations or pressure.
Air abrasion instruments don’t produce that whiny sound that rings in your ears and makes your palms sweat. Because of this, air abrasion is a more tolerable technique for young patients or adults with dental anxiety.
Air abrasion is also quicker and more specific than traditional drilling, leaving more of the healthy tooth intact.
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