Air Abrasion

Air abrasion was invented by Dr. Robert Black in the 1940's, as an answer to the age old challenge of making health care treatment as humane and as atraumatic as possible. The method of removing decayed tooth structure during that time period was typically a belt-driven, rotary handpiece. This type of operative device transmitted a great deal of vibration to the patient's oral structures. This, at the very least, was disturbing and in most cases it was downright frightening. This form of mayhem imprinted on those receiving treatment with a most definite dread of the dental visit. In addition, rotary instrumentation of the dental arch led to the associated smells of burnt dentin and the sound of grinding that did in no small part, contribute to the negative public image that plagues dentistry to this day.