How long have dentists been drilling teeth? Would you believe 9,000 years? In an ancient graveyard in Pakistan, archaeologists unearthed skulls containing teeth that had undergone drilling. The stone-age dentists removed decay using drills constructed of sharpened flint.
Though advanced dentistry would not be possible without drilling, the sound of a dental drill can make many patients’ hearts pound. If you’re one of these people, fear not. An alternative technique, known as air abrasion or drill-less dentistry, is available.
During this procedure, a small instrument removes material by spraying small aluminum oxide particles onto the tooth. The particles work like a sandblaster, spraying away the affected tooth structure.
The many advantages of air abrasion make it a popular procedure. Because air abrasion is usually pain free, the need for anesthesia is reduced. The air abrasion instrument does not create vibrations or pressure.
Our patients appreciate the fact that air abrasion instruments don’t produce that whiny drill sound that rings in your ears and makes your palms sweat. Because of this, air abrasion can be a less-frightening option for young patients. Air abrasion is often quicker and more precise than traditional drilling, leaving more of the healthy tooth intact.
At Vanguard Dental Group, we provide anxiety-free dentistry. If you would like to learn more about air abrasion, dentistry sedation or tooth implant cost, call us at 603-276-1000. We are located at 19D Manchester Rd Ste 3 in Derry. Our high-tech staff is passionate about your comfort and satisfaction.
Contact Vanguard Dental Group: 603-276-1000
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