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 undergone drilling. The stone-age dentists removed decay using drills constructed of sharpened flint.
Though advanced cosmetic dentistry would not be possible without drilling, the sound of a dental drill can make many patient’s hearts pound. However, there is another way your cosmetic dentist can remove decay. This technique is known as air abrasion or drill-less dentistry. An air abrasion instrument removes material by spraying tiny aluminum oxide particles onto the tooth. The particles work like a sandblaster spraying away the affected tooth structure.
The many advantages of air abrasion make it a popular procedure for cosmetic dentists. Because air abrasion is usually pain free, the need for anesthesia is reduced. The air abrasion instrument does not create vibrations or pressure. Cosmetic dentistry patients appreciate the fact that air abrasion instruments don’t produce that whiny drill sound that rings in your ears and makes your palms sweat. Because of this, air abrasion can be a less-frightening option for young dentistry patients. Air abrasion is often quicker and more precise than traditional drilling, leaving more of the healthy tooth intact.
At Koch Aesthetic Dentistry, we provide anxiety-free dentistry. If you would like to learn more about air abrasion, sedation dentistry or dental implant cost, call us at 205-933-0323. We are located at 2311 Highland Avenue South, Suite 323 in Birmingham. The professional care staff at Koch Aesthetic Dentistry is dedicated to your comfort and satisfaction.