Do Dental Drills Make You Nervous?

no drilling cavitiesDoes the thought of having your teeth drilled make you want to run and hide?  It strikes fear in the hearts of many people. Even though modern anesthetics are highly effective, the dental drill is a common fear; one that Dr. Ryan Hussong fully understands. Dr. Hussong offers air abrasion as an alternative to drilling.

Simply put, air abrasion is like a mini sandblaster, but on a tiny scale that’s safe and comfortable. Compressed air or a gas with tiny particles of silica, aluminum oxide, or a baking soda mixture whisks away tooth decay.  A special device suctions away particles and tooth matter. Air abrasion is perfectly safe.  Patients wear safety glasses to protect eyes from possible irritation.  A special cover exposes only the tooth to be treated, protecting gums and adjacent teeth.

What Are the Advantages of Air Abrasion?

The advantages of air abrasion versus traditional drilling are numerous:

  • Air abrasion doesn’t generate heat, sound, pressure, or vibration.
  • Air abrasion minimizes the need for anesthesia, especially if the cavity is superficial.
  • Air abrasion spares more of the healthy tooth.
  • Air abrasion results in a drier working space for application of composite fillings.
  • Air abrasion cuts down on the threat of microfracturing and chipping of the tooth; such failures, according to some experts, can lead to untimely restorative failures.
  • Air abrasion allows the dentist to treat multiple areas during a single visit.
  • Air abrasion is a reasonably brief procedure.

The ideal candidates for air abrasion are children with early, minimal decay, and those who have a distinct fear of drilling.  Whether or not your insurance will cover this procedure is something you should discuss with your provider.  To find out more about the various, technologically advanced procedures offered by Cornerstone Dental, please call us at 515-984-6001.   You may also set an appointment using our online form. Located in Polk City, IA, we serve families from Alleman, Ankeny, Bondurant, Grimes, Johnston, and surrounding communities.