Air polishing helps to safely remove surface stains, plaque and other soft deposits such as food particles trapped on or between the teeth. This procedure uses air and water pressure to deliver a controlled stream of specially processed powders in a slurry through the handpiece nozzle. These fine particles of powder are propelled by compressed air in a warm spray and directed onto the surfaces of the teeth.
For patients with deeper pockets, including periodontal maintenance patients, the Airflow can reach into the periodontal pockets to safely remove bacterial biofilm and endotoxins below the gum line, aiding in the management of periodontitis. Airflow Polishing not only benefits natural teeth, but, dental implants, orthodontic brackets, and dental restorations such as bonding, crowns, and veneers, as well.
Implants must be cleaned regularly to prevent biofilm buildup which can lead to mucositis and peri-implantitis (bone loss around an implant), however, care must be taken not to damage the implant while cleaning. Airflow polishing can help gently remove the damaging bacterial biofilm on all of the implant components without scratching the surfaces.
If you have dental implants, difficult to clean periodontal pockets or teeth that are badly stained from coffee, tea, cola, or tobacco AirFlow polishing could be an ideal addition to your next checkup.