Sand Blasting Melbourne
Intra-oral sandblasting or “air abrasion” involves firing a pressurised flow of “sand” at the decayed or weakened tooth surface. The weakest part of the tooth is removed first, thereby conserving as much healthy tooth structure as possible. Minimal Intervention is the philosophy of this millennium.
How does it work?
Having your teeth sand blasted sounds awkward doesn’t it? It is, in fact, the opposite. Sand blasting replaces the drill in removing decay from a tooth. This piece of technology works by spraying a stream of particles at the decayed part of your tooth. The particles are made of aluminium oxide, silica, or a baking soda mixture and are propelled at the tooth by either compressed air or gas. Then the particles of decay are then suctioned away through a tube.
Is this technique safe?
Yes. This minimally invasive technique is safe provided the proper precautions are taken. These precautions include wearing protective eye-wear, and a rubber dam or protective resin applied to protect surrounding teeth and gums that aren’t being treated. Suctioning of particles also prevents them from being breathed into your lungs.
Pros and cons of sand blasting
When comparing sand blasting to the traditional drilling method the advantages are:
- Sand blasting generates no pressure, vibration, heat or sound
- Sand blasting reduces the need for anaesthesia
- Sand blasting leaves more healthy tooth structure
- Sand blasting allows your Carnegie Dental Group dentist to treat multiple sites during one visit
- Sand blasting is fairly quick and simple.
Disadvantages of sand blasting over the drill include:
- If you have sensitive teeth, sand blasting may not necessarily be pain free
- If you have a deep cavity, sand blasting will be ineffective—this treatment is best suited for small cavities
- If you are going to have an amalgam filling you’ll need the dental drill
What else can sand blasting be used for?
This minimally-invasive treatment can be used for;
- Removing superficial stains and tooth discolouration
- Remove old composite restorations
- Prepare a tooth surface for sealants or bonding
Sand Blasting Melbourne
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