How long have dentists been drilling teeth? Would you believe 9,000 years? In an ancient graveyard in Pakistan, archaeologists unearthed skulls containing teeth that had undergone drilling. The stone-age dentists removed decay using drills constructed of sharpened flint.

Though advanced cosmetic dentistry would not be possible without drilling, the sound of a dental drill can make many Anchorage patient’s hearts pound. However, there is another way your Anchorage cosmetic dentists can remove decay. This technique is known as air abrasion or drill-less dentistry. An air abrasion instrument removes material by spraying tiny aluminum oxide particles onto the tooth. The particles work like a sandblaster spraying away the affected tooth structure.

The many advantages of air abrasion make it a popular procedure for Southern Alaska cosmetic dentists. Because air abrasion is usually pain free, the need for anesthesia is reduced. The air abrasion instrument does not create vibrations or pressure. Anchorage cosmetic dentistry patients appreciate the fact that air abrasion instruments don’t produce that whiny drill sound that rings in your ears and makes your palms sweat. Because of this, air abrasion can be a less-frightening option for young dentistry patients. Air abrasion is often quicker and more precise than traditional drilling, leaving more of the healthy tooth intact.

At Excellence In Dentistry, we provide anxiety-free dentistry. If you would like to learn more about air abrasion, sedation dentistry, or dental implant cost, call us at (907) 349-0022. We are located at 1000 East O’Malley, Suite 101 in Anchorage. The caring staff at Excellence In Dentistry is dedicated to your comfort and satisfaction.