Hate that drilling noise? Scared of needles? Many people put off their trips to the dentist because of the fear and discomfort associated with the needle and the drill. Now a new technology has arrived that allows us to provide treatment without those necessary evils. Air abrasion dentistry is now available in my office. What is air abrasion dentistry? Simply put, it's an abrasive powder sprayed under pressure at the tooth to remove decay. A tiny spray of 27 micron powder is used to remove small areas of tooth structure quickly and efficiently while leaving untreated areas intact. It allows us to do "micro dentistry", removing extremely small areas of tooth structure and preserving more of your natural enamel. Will it completely eliminate the handpiece and anesthetic?Unfortunately, no. There are still procedures that will require shots and drilling. Proceduressuch as crowns, bridges, and removal of old amalgam (silver) fillings will require the handpiece and that usually means anesthetic will be required. However, for removal of oldcomposite (white) fillings and conservative areas that need repair, air abrasion is the treatment of choice. What Can Air Abrasion Do That Rotary Instruments Can't? Cut without the need for an anesthetic. Provide an ideal way to treat pediatric patients and adults who are needlephobic, dislike residual anesthetic numbness, or are sensitive to anesthetic and/or vasoconstrictors. Eliminate noise, odor, vibration, and negative psychological impact of the dental handpiece.