Our dentists may suggest air abrasion for patients who are unnerved by the sound of the drill. Using high-pressure air mixed with particles of sand, Dr. Downing can use air abrasion to remove weak tooth structure, decay, or stains. If you would like more information on how our team can use air abrasion in Columbia, South Carolina, to improve your smile’s health, please feel free to contact us today.

Did you know that you can have a cavity filled with no drills, no needles, no shots, and no pain? Thanks to micro air abrasion dentistry, we can painlessly remove the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth without the use of a dental drill.

Micro air abrasion instead uses a concentrated blast of air that contains very fine particles of aluminum oxide, which is a common ingredient in many toothpastes. Working in a method similar to a sandblaster, air abrasion blasts away the decay and leaves your healthy tooth intact. This results in greater conservation of your natural tooth structure, which helps to keep your tooth healthy and strong. Because micro air abrasion uses a simple spray of air and powder, it is minimally invasive, gentle, quiet, and fast.

Our patients find micro air abrasion to be much more comfortable and pleasant than traditional drilling as it eliminates the noise, smells, and vibration that typically result from using a dental drill. And perhaps the best part of all is that we usually do not need to use anesthetic, so you have no need to feel nervous about getting a shot.