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Air Abrasion

Air Abrasion dentistry is a conservative, less traumatic alternative to the high-pitched drill. Air Abrasion uses powerful particles of aluminum oxide to remove decay. It allows Dr. Stender to selectively remove tooth decay, leaving more healthy tooth structure. The procedure can often be done without anesthesia.
Without an injection, you will have fewer visits to our office because Dr. Stender can often do more than one caries (decay) restoration at a time. Although Air Abrasion is not suitable for work on crowns and bridges, it is often used for bonding procedures as well.
In addition to using the Air Abrasion to prepare a tooth for composite fillings or bonding, the Air Abrasion can help Dr. Stender find hidden decay. The very fine and narrow abrasive stream can remove just the stain and debris in the pits and fissures of the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Once these areas are cleaned, the teeth can be tested for hidden sub-surface decay.