Air-abrasion uses a micro sandblaster to remove decay from teeth.
New babies grow so fast. It’s hard to remember just how small they were when their lives started.
I wrote a post about being tongue tied a weeks ago. Here’s a link to the previous post on ankyloglossia. And this week a patient came in that need to have the lingual frenum “clipped” or more accurately “lasered.” This post contains the photos of the case.
As an alternative to the standard dental drill, air abrasion, or “micro-abrasion,” removes decayed tooth structure. Analogous to the sandblasting which cleans graffiti from walls,
air abrasion propels a stream of fine aluminum oxide particles onto the tooth to strip its surface of decay.
Most commonly, air abrasion prepares decayed teeth for composite fillings, restoration placement, or sealants. Minor cracks and discolorations may also be remedied with this technique.
Quiet and painless, air abrasion safeguards soft tissues and needs no anesthetic. This precise technology also preserves significantly more of your tooth reducing the risk of micro-fractures in the enamel.
Micro-abrasion is suitable for virtually all patients. Children, especially, may prefer this technique in lieu of traditional procedures with anesthesia and a noisy dental drill. Air abrasion, however, cannot be employed in treatments such as crowns, bridges, and deep fillings. After the procedure, simply rinsing with water will remove the accumulation of dusty particle residue in the patient’s mouth.
Frequent exposure to sugary liquids causes “bottle decay” in your children’s teeth. This doesn’t have to be juice with sugar added, but, milk, formula, soda, fruit juice, and pacifiers dipped in honey or sugar. Sugar sustains plaque-producing bacteria, which allows the acid to attack the teeth and gums. Bottle decay often leads to early removal of your child’s teeth. This may cause speech impediments, crooked teeth and damaged adult teeth.
Never allow your child to go to sleep with a bottle of milk, formula or juice. During their sleep, saliva flow decreases, causing cavities when the liquid stays on the teeth. To wean your child to a better liquid; a bottle’s content may be diluted with water over two or three weeks. Transitioning from a bottle to a cup and decreasing sugar consumption will also help to prevent bottle decay.
Cleaning a baby’s gums each day will get them used to the process. Use a soft washcloth wrapped finger and gently massage their gums. Continue this as the first tooth erupts, changing to a soft toothbrush with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. A child’s first visit to a dentist should occur by age three.