Dentistry With No Drillings!

by | August 17, 2010 @ 10:00AM

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Scary Dental Drill Be Gone...

Gentle Dentistry With No "Drillings"

Topping the list of most people's fears is the dental drill. Just as technology has made other aspects of our lives easier, a new technique called Air Abrasion makes a visit to the dentist and filling of cavities painless. Dr. Brandon Huang is a Manhattan cosmetic dentist who is at the forefront of this new technology. As he explains, "Air Abrasion is a new technology intended to replace the dental drill and the need for anesthesia in many dental procedures. Air Abrasion is a bit like microscopic sand blasting using a stream of air combined with a super fine abrasive powder to remove tooth decay. What's more, Air Abrasion allows a dentist to be more precise by removing the bare minimum of a healthy tooth structure." Most people fear the dentist until they experience the gentle process of air abrasion.

Does Air Abrasion hurt? "Almost never," says Dr. Huang. He adds, "By controlling the speed and the intensity of both the powder and the air, we are able to make the procedure virtually painless. Since a shot is not necessary in any of these cases, patients will not have numb or drooping lips after their dental procedure." Air Abrasion works by directing a thin stream of abrasive powder at the area of the tooth decay, with the dentist removing only minimal decayed sections of the tooth. Until now, dentists had to rely on the threatening sound of a noisy drill, which was large in comparison to a beam of powder. Dental drills also remove healthy tooth structure, which of course is detrimental to the patient. Air Abrasion allows for very small cavity preparations, which is known as Micro Dentistry.

Why is Air Abrasion better than the old drill? "According to Dr. Huang, "This technology eliminates the noise, odors, vibration, and the shot associated with the drill. In addition to removing decay (cavities), this can be used for repairing chipped, fractured, or worn teeth, preparing for cosmetic dentistry, removing stains and spots, repairing old fillings, and repairing broken crowns and bridges."

What should patients know about early detection and treatment? At the slightest hint of tooth decay, dentists can now use a "carries detection dye" on the suspicious tooth. This colored liquid helps identify the position and extent of decay -even that which is not visible to the naked eye. In about 10 minutes, a cavity can be filled without a drill.

If the dental drill has been your nemesis, dentists have now heeded your call.

Dr. Brandon Huang
19 East 80th Street
New York, New York 10021

This article provided by Health News Digest.

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