Air abrasion is a relatively new technique. It avoids the negative sound many people associate with the drill. In air abrasion, tiny but powerful particles of aluminum oxide are used to remove debris, stain, and decay. The most exciting part about this treatment is that it is painless. It can be used in cosmetic dentistry and doesn’t require the dreaded shot.
Air abrasion can leave behind a gritty feeling in your mouth, which often times can be resolved by using a suction.
Air abrasion can be used on cracks, however it is not suitable for crowns and bridges. It is often used for bonding procedures. Dr Kirk Kimmerling DDS likes to use it for tooth restorations involving composite or tooth colored fillings.