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A Patient's Guide to Understanding Microdentistry Air Abrasions

Answers to Commonly Asked Questions About Dental Technology

The contents of this brochure have been provided by Kreativ Inc. The Leader in Microdentistry.

Q. What is Air Abrasion?
A. Air abrasion is a gentle spray of an air-poweder mix that removes tooth decay.

Q. Can you tell me a little more about Air Abrasion?
A. Since air abrasion is achieved by directing a thin stream of abrasive powder at the area of tooth decay, your dentist removes only minimal sections of tooth - only the decayed area. Until now, all the dentist had to use was the noisy drill. But it was so big - in comparison to our beam of powder that it removed a lot of healthy tooth structure. Air abrasion allows for very small cavity preparations and is part of what is called MicroDentistry.

Q. What is MicroDentistry?
A. MicroDentistry is the philosophy and practice of finding and treating decay as early as possible, of removing as little tooth structure as possible, and making the smallest possible restorations (fillings) and of assuring that those restorations are esthetically pleasing and long lasting. MicroDentistry is a broader term than air abrasion. Air Abrasion is the part of the procedure that removes the decay and prepares the tooth for restoration.

Q. Does Air Abrasion Hurt?
A. Almost never! By controlling the speed and the intensity of both the powder and the air, your dentist can make the procedure virtually painless. Since a shot is not necessary in most cases, you will not have numb or drooping lips after your dental procedure. The art and science of dentistry have changed, offering a no needle, no drill, no fear procedure for removing decay.

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