At Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise we are committed to dental excellence, and to the dental health of each of our patients.
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 received drilling. The stone-age dentists removed decay using drills constructed of sharpened flint.
Did they have novocaine, too? Probably not. Though advanced dentistry would not be possible without drilling, the sound of a dental drill can make many patients’ hearts pound. However, there is another way dentists can remove cavities.
This method is known as air abrasion or drill-less dentistry. An air abrasion instrument removes material by spraying little aluminum oxide particles onto the tooth. The particles work like a sandblaster spraying away the necessary tooth structure.
The many merits of air abrasion make it a popular procedure for dentists and patients alike. Because air abrasion is generally painless, the necessity for anesthesia is diminished. The air abrasion instrument does not create vibrations or pressure.
Patients are relieved by the fact that air abrasion instruments don’t create that whiny sound that rings in your ears and makes your palms sweat. Because of this, air abrasion can be a more tolerable treatment for young patients or those with dental anxiety. Air abrasion is often quicker and more exact than traditional drilling, leaving more of the healthy tooth intact.
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