Intraoral Air Abrasion – Dental Care Without the Drill

Posted: June 25, 2019

Intraoral Air Abrasion – Dental Care Without the Drill

Intraoral Air Abrasion 

Are you afraid of dental drills? Imagine having a dental procedure done without drilling? Imagine having your tooth repaired with drill-free and needle-free intraoral abrasion. Intraoral air abrasion is a drill-less technique used to remove small areas of tooth decay and to perform other dental procedures. A gentle high-speed air stream of air-blown microscopic particles removes decay from the tooth without the use of needles and drills. 

Intraoral air abrasion is best used on children and with extreme dental fear and little tooth decay.

The intraoral air abrasion has no heat or vibrations, it cleans out decay, and no numbing is needed. Since there is little to no pain due to no drilling, there is no need for a local anesthetic. Patients are more willing to return for follow up procedures since they have such positive experiences with intraoral air abrasion.

How Intraoral Air Abrasion Works

A fine stream of particles made of silica, aluminum oxide, or a baking soda mixture is propelled toward the surface of the stained or decayed portion of the tooth with an instrument that works like a sandblaster. Small particles of decay are suctioned away from the tooth surface through a tube. 

Intraoral air abrasion is safe. Protective eyewear is required to prevent any elements from entering the eyes. A rubber dam or protective resin is applied to the areas of the gums and teeth not being treated.

Advantages of Intraoral Air Abrasion

  • Air abrasion generates no heat, pressure, or vibration.
  • Air abrasion sometimes reduces the need for anesthesia because there is little to no pain, particularly if the cavity is shallow.
  • Air abrasion leaves more healthy tooth tissue behind.
  • Air abrasion reduces the risk of fracturing and chipping of the tooth, which some dentists believe can prolong the life span of the filling.
  • The procedure is relatively simple, although it may take longer than traditional drilling.

Disadvantages of Intraoral Air Abrasion

  • Once access to the decay has been achieved, air abrasion can then be used.Air abrasion is not necessarily free of pain. The air and abrasive particles can cause sensitivity.
  • Air abrasion is not recommended for deep cavities (those close to the tooth’s pulp) or for cavities in between teeth. It is best suited for removing small cavities that form early on the outer or chewing surface of teeth.
  • If hard enamel needs to be removed to access the decay, this cannot be done with air abrasion and a traditional drill and bur must be used.
  • Crowns, onlays, and inlays cannot be prepared using air abrasion.

Dr. Kodish

Dr. Kodish is an experienced Dentist in Fort Lauderdale and the best place to experience intraoral air abrasion, Do you want a painless intraoral air abrasion procedure done for you? Contact The Kodish Group and schedule an appointment to have an intraoral air abrasion procedure done today! Dental insurance plans vary. Please contact your insurance company to find out if intraoral air abrasion is covered. The Kodish Group offers financing. 

Dental Services Boca Raton 

Dr. Gary Kodish welcomes you to Kodish Dental Group. Here is Fort Lauderdale, Dr. Gary Kodish and his team believe in providing patients with the best treatment available. We support a ‘full care’ dentistry environment, meaning that we will recommend the services needed to bring your smile to a state of optimal health, as well as provide you with a personalized prevention plan to address further concerns. This level of dental care is the dental care we would give members of our own family! 

Please contact us at 954-462-5252 today to schedule your first appointment. Visit our website.


The Kodish Dental Group
301 SE 16th St
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316


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