Dr. penchas uses drill-less dentistry in houston Going to the dentist may sound really scary for some people because of the drilling
During air abrasion, there is an instrument that acts like a mini sandblaster, spraying away tooth decay. A steam of particles, which are made of silica or aluminum oxide, is aimed at the decay. The compressed air pushes these particles toward the tooth surface. The decay is then removed because of the stream of particles that hit them, and then eventually sucked away through a thin tube. It is quite safe, but patients need to wear protective eyewear and to use a rubber dam to isolate the tooth. Some also use protective resin around areas that are not being treated.
The total absence of vibration and noise sounds very appealing to most patients, as well as that burning smell when teeth is being drilled. Likewise, it is also technically painless, and would not require any anesthetics injected, for some dental procedures. Drill-less dental procedures are also minimally invasive, making them very comfortable for children and older people.
What dental treatment can drill-less dentistry not be used?
However, there are some dental procedures that cannot be done with air abrasion equipment. Deep cavities that needs to be filled, or root canal procedures, cannot be done without the usual drill. Deep cavities are closer to the tooth’s pulp, and require additional care. Likewise, particles might get stuck inside the tooth when the cavity is deep. Air abrasion is only advisable for those with small cavities, or early cavities that are on the teeth’s surface. Moreover, after air abrasion, only composite filling materials can be used amalgam or silver fillings need drill-based cuts so that the fillings won’t fall out. And since drill-less dental procedures create a smooth surface, only composites can actually stick to the teeth’s surface.