Discover Air Flow Polishing – a state-of-the-art dental hygiene technique here at Romney House Dental Practice in Kent. Our skilled team utilises a non-invasive process which uses compressed air, water, and fine powder particles to eliminate surface stains, plaque, and debris from teeth. This method is a superb alternative to traditional teeth cleaning techniques, like scaling and polishing, and provides longer lasting and effective results.
Air flow may not be suitable for all patients, and your dentist will be able to advise you on whether or not air flow polishing is right for you.
How is air flow polishing done?
Air flow polishing is a quick and painless procedure that is typically performed by a dental hygienist or dentist. Here are the steps involved in air flow polishing:
- The dental professional will first examine your teeth to assess the amount of staining and plaque buildup.
- The teeth are then dried and isolated with a dental dam or suction device to keep the area dry and free from saliva.
- A handheld device is then used to direct a stream of compressed air, water, and fine powder particles onto the surface of the teeth. The device sprays the powder at high velocity onto the surface of the teeth, effectively removing surface stains, plaque, and other debris.
- The dental professional will move the device around each tooth and around the gum line to ensure a thorough cleaning.
- Once the procedure is complete, the teeth are rinsed with water to remove any remaining powder particles.
Overall, the procedure is quick and painless, and patients typically experience little to no discomfort during or after the procedure.
The frequency of air flow polishing will depend on the individual’s dental health and the amount of staining and plaque buildup. Generally, it is recommended to have air flow polishing done every 6-12 months.
Yes, air flow polishing is generally safe for most patients. However, it may not be suitable for patients with certain dental conditions or sensitivities. Your dentist or dental hygienist will be able to advise you on whether or not air flow polishing is right for you.
No, air flow polishing is not typically painful. Patients may experience some slight discomfort or sensitivity during the procedure, but this is generally minimal.
The procedure usually takes around 30-45 minutes, depending on the amount of staining and plaque buildup.
The results of air flow polishing can last for several months, depending on the individual’s oral hygiene habits and dietary choices. However, regular brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings are still recommended to maintain good oral health.
No, air flow polishing is a safe and non-invasive procedure that should not damage the teeth if performed by a trained dental professional. However, overuse or improper use of the air flow polishing device can cause damage to the teeth or gums, so it is important to have the procedure performed by a qualified dental professional.