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Air Polishing

Revitalise your smile at Duke Street Dental Centre with our advanced air polishing. This gentle yet highly effective technique removes stains and plaque, leaving your teeth polished and brighter. Our skilled professionals ensure a comfortable and minimally invasive experience, making each visit a step towards a healthier, more radiant smile.

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Think of it like a jet wash for the teeth. Air polishing is a minimally invasive technique that uses a mixture of compressed air, water and fine powder of sodium bicarbonate to remove unsightly staining and harmful plaque from the teeth. Air polishing can also be used to gently clean underneath the gum line and around orthodontic wires/brackets, implants, crowns, bridges and conventional fillings.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does air polishing differ from traditional teeth cleaning methods?

Air polishing differs from traditional teeth cleaning methods in its approach to plaque and stain removal. While traditional methods involve manual scraping or ultrasonic scaling, air polishing uses a focused stream of air and water mixed with fine abrasive particles to gently and effectively clean teeth. This not only results in less discomfort for patients but also allows for a more precise and thorough cleaning, reaching areas that may be difficult to access with traditional tools.

Is air polishing suitable for everyone?

Air polishing is generally suitable for most individuals, but it is essential to consult with our dentist to determine its appropriateness for your specific oral health needs. It is particularly beneficial for those with sensitive teeth or individuals prone to discomfort during traditional teeth cleaning methods.

There may be certain contraindications, such as severe respiratory conditions or allergies to the abrasive powder used in the procedure, that our dentist will consider before recommending air polishing.

Are there any contraindications for air polishing?

While air polishing is a safe and effective dental cleaning method for many, there are some contraindications that should be taken into consideration. Individuals with respiratory conditions, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), may not be suitable candidates due to the potential for inhaling the fine abrasive particles used in the procedure.

Additionally, those with allergies to the abrasive powder should avoid air polishing. It is crucial to discuss your medical history with our dentist to ensure that air polishing is a suitable option for you and to explore alternative cleaning methods if necessary.

Is air polishing painful?

One of the advantages of air polishing is that it is generally a comfortable and pain-free dental cleaning method. Unlike traditional scaling, which may cause discomfort or sensitivity, air polishing is gentle on the teeth and gums.

The process involves a high-pressure stream of air, water, and fine particles, creating a sensation that is more like a spray than the scraping associated with traditional methods.

Patients often find air polishing to be a less invasive and more pleasant experience, making it an excellent option for those with sensitivity or anxiety related to dental cleanings.

Can I get air polishing on NHS?

The availability of air polishing on the NHS (National Health Service) for dental cleaning varies, and it’s essential to check with your local NHS dental provider.

Generally, routine dental cleaning procedures, including air polishing, may not always be covered under basic NHS services, and patients might need to explore private dental options for certain treatments. However, individuals with specific dental needs, such as those with a history of periodontal disease or other oral health issues, may be eligible for more specialised dental care under the NHS.

It’s advisable to discuss your oral health requirements with your NHS dentist, who can provide information on the available treatments, whether air polishing is covered, and if any alternative cleaning methods are recommended based on your individual circumstances. If air polishing is not available through the NHS, private dental practices, like Duke Street Dental Centre, may offer this service as part of their comprehensive dental care options.

How long does an air polishing session typically last?

The duration of an air polishing session can vary depending on the extent of cleaning needed and individual patient factors. On average, a typical air polishing session may last between 30 to 60 minutes. This timeframe includes not only the air polishing procedure itself but also any necessary preparation, examination, and post-treatment care instructions provided by our dental hygienist or dentist.

Is air polishing safe for individuals with sensitive teeth?

Yes, air polishing is generally considered safe and well-tolerated for individuals with sensitive teeth.

Traditional teeth cleaning methods, such as manual scaling or ultrasonic scaling, may sometimes cause discomfort or sensitivity, especially for those with heightened tooth sensitivity.

Air polishing, on the other hand, is a gentler alternative that minimises the risk of discomfort. The fine abrasive particles used in air polishing are less abrasive than traditional scraping tools, making it a suitable option for patients seeking a comfortable and effective cleaning method without exacerbating tooth sensitivity.

Can air polishing remove stains from teeth?

Absolutely, one of the primary benefits of air polishing is its effectiveness in removing stains from teeth. The fine abrasive particles, combined with a high-pressure stream of air and water, work together to lift and eliminate extrinsic stains caused by common factors such as coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco use. This makes air polishing an excellent choice for individuals looking to enhance the aesthetic appearance of their smile by achieving a brighter, cleaner, and stain-free tooth surface.

It’s essential to consult with our dentist to determine the suitability of air polishing based on the type and extent of stains on your teeth.

Are there any side effects associated with air polishing?

Air polishing is considered a safe dental cleaning procedure with minimal side effects. However, some individuals may experience temporary sensitivity or mild irritation of the gums immediately following the treatment. This is usually short-lived and resolves on its own.

It’s crucial to inform our dental professional about any pre-existing dental or medical conditions to ensure a tailored approach that minimises the risk of potential side effects.

Can air polishing replace traditional teeth scaling and polishing?

While air polishing is a highly effective method for removing stains and plaque, it is not intended to replace traditional teeth scaling and polishing in all cases.

Traditional scaling methods, such as manual or ultrasonic scaling, remain essential for addressing certain dental issues, especially when dealing with hardened tartar or calculus below the gumline. In many cases, a combination of air polishing and traditional scaling may be recommended to ensure comprehensive dental cleaning.

Our dentist will evaluate your specific oral health needs and determine the most appropriate combination of cleaning methods for optimal results.

Can air polishing be done during pregnancy?

Air polishing is generally considered safe during pregnancy, but it’s crucial to communicate your pregnancy status to our dentist before undergoing any dental procedure.

The fine abrasive particles used in air polishing are typically inert and not absorbed by the body. However, to ensure the utmost safety, our dental professionals may choose to postpone elective treatments, including air polishing, during the first trimester when fetal development is most critical. As a precaution, pregnant individuals are advised to inform us about their pregnancy and discuss any concerns or considerations.

How soon can I eat or drink after an air polishing treatment?

After air polishing, it is recommended to wait at least 30 minutes before eating or drinking. This allows time for any residual particles or substances used during the procedure to be cleared from the oral cavity. Consuming food or beverages immediately after air polishing may diminish its effectiveness and could potentially lead to the ingestion of abrasive particles.

Are there any post-treatment care instructions for air polishing?

After air polishing, there are several post-treatment care instructions to ensure the best results. It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing and flossing, to keep the teeth clean and prevent the buildup of new plaque.

Additionally, individuals should be mindful of their diet, avoiding highly pigmented foods and beverages immediately after the procedure to prevent staining. If there is any residual sensitivity or irritation, using a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth can help alleviate discomfort.

Patients should follow any specific instructions provided by our dental professional and attend regular dental check-ups to monitor and maintain their oral health.