HydroAbrasion: NO Drill Dentistry
Water & Air Abrasion = Drill-Free Dentistry (no Anesthetic!)
Water & Air abrasion or Hydro-abrasion is a system that is basically a miniature "sandblaster". Instead of turning on a whirling and noisy drill that vibrates, we give you a pair of protective glasses and then direct a thin, high-speed stream of water and microscopic (aluminum oxide) particles that gently removes decay from your tooth.
Great Advantages: There's no heat, no vibration, no noise and many times it can all be done without any anesthetic ("novocaine") therefore no numbing your mouth. You may feel some that it has a "cool" sensation but typically it will not hurt. A suction hose removes any gritty particles, which are made from aluminum oxide, a tasteless substance commonly found in toothpaste. It's harmless if swallowed.
An air abrasion system works best on small cavities that will be filled with non-metallic materials (tooth colored bonding). This works very well in conjunction with the DIAGNOdent and Dental Ozone. It is generally used to repair early, recently discovered tooth decay before it spreads.
Because this system can be precisely directed, there's less tooth structure lost in preparing for a filling so we conserve valuable tooth structure. Hydro-abrasion is used in conjunction with Micro-Dentistry. Dr. Gordon is a member of the Congress of Minimally Invasive Dentistry and the use of HydroAbrasion fits in quite well with this mindset.
As a result of the introduction of fluoride into water supplies and toothpastes, tooth surfaces have become more resistant to decay BUT decay is still present possible and it is often concentrated in tiny, hidden parts of the teeth, where it can easily be missed until it has broken into the softer inner portion of the tooth (dentin or pulp) causing minor or greater sensitivity or pain. That is why we use the DIAGNOdent (Painless Laser Decay detector), to find these tiny areas of decay much sooner than they would be seen visually or on a radiograph (x-ray).
Hydro-abrasion is a major part of MicroDentistry techniques, because it can precisely remove very tiny layers of tooth structure. We use Special (Decay Detecting) dyes to assist in the location of these tiny pockets of decay, then we utilize Hydro-abrasion to gently open and remove the decay, and finally, the tooth is bonded with tooth-colored filling materials or a tooth-colored sealant.
Minor Disadvantages: Air abrasion does not work in the removal of existing silver amalgam fillings, and the aluminum oxide powder can be messy. Because it uses a high-pressure air / water stream, there's a minor possibility of injecting air into the cheeks or gums. Since an air abrasion system can be costly, only about ten percent of US dentists have air abrasion systems in their offices.
These preparations were performed without the use of Anesthetic. At this point they will be treated with Dental Ozone and then filled with Tooth-Colored Bonding.
We are proud to receive the following honors:
PerioProtect Method Certified Dental Office (For Non-Surgical Periodontal Gum Disease
Lumineer Certified Dental Office (for Esthetic Laminate Veneers)
Oral CDx Certified Dental Office (for Oral Cancer Evaluation)
Scientific Intake Certified Dental Office (for Weight Reduction)
Member, in good standing, of the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Dentistry
Member, in good standing, of the American Dental Association
Member, in good standing, of the Chicago Dental Society
Member, in good standing, of the Illinois State Dental Society
2008 Member of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago