During your regular dental hygiene visit to Camden High Street Practice, an Air Polish session is recommended for cleaning your teeth. What is air polish, and why is it needed?

The Dental Air Polish procedure is a professional method of cleaning teeth and removing stains. Our experts perform it using a stream of compressed air, water, and a specific type of powder.

It is a combination of scaling and polishing procedures that are important for the overall health of your mouth. These procedures aim to leave your teeth cleaner and shinier. Bacterial accumulation can lead to decay, inflamed gums, and bad breath. These sessions target:

  • The plaque layer or dental biofilm: a highly sticky layer of bacteria that forms on your teeth. Once formed, it is difficult to remove through regular oral hygiene measures and requires professional cleaning. Dental biofilm is the primary cause of gingival inflammation that requires regular removal to maintain periodontal health.
  • Stains: The accumulated stains of tea, coffee, red wine, and tobacco on your teeth can give them a dull and dark appearance.

Mechanism of Air Polish

The dental air polish system comprises a nozzle that delivers a high-pressure flow of air, water, and powder particles. This high-pressure stream can reach all sides of your teeth, even within the tight spaces in between. It removes the plaque layer, food debris, and stains without scratching the enamel surface.

Powder particles used in Air Polish are either sodium bicarbonate or glycine powder.

Sodium bicarbonate powder is suitable for supragingival scaling and polishing. It is safe, non-toxic, efficient, and water-soluble, making it ideal for intraoral use.

Air abrasion using sodium bicarbonate has been proven to be one-third less time-consuming than using regular hand instruments and rubber cup polishing.

Glycine is a non-essential amino acid with a small particle size. It provides a better alternative to sodium bicarbonate in subgingival scaling and polishing. It is less abrasive, gentler on the cementum layer, and can be used safely on restorative materials and implant surfaces. Its sweet taste makes it more favored by the patients.ins: The accumulated stains of tea, coffee, red wine, and tobacco on your teeth can give them a dull and dark appearance.

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Advantages of Air Polish

  • Safe and gentle on the enamel surface. It cleans the tooth surface without causing any scratching compared to regular polishing methods.
  • Can be used on sensitive teeth. The fine particles can even fill the exposed dentine surface, which decreases sensitivity.
  • The slim nozzle of the air polish can reach tight spaces between teeth. It can reach gingival pockets as deep as 5 mm.
  • Can be safely performed around implants, fillings, crowns, bridges, and orthodontic wires/brackets.
  • Does not produce heat or vibration.
  • Inrxpensive
  • Painless

Air Polish alternatives

Aside from Air Polish, professional teeth cleaning and polishing can be performed using hand instruments, ultrasonic instruments, and rubber cup polishing.

Hand scaling is when your dentist uses a metal instrument to scrap your teeth. There are two main categories of hand instruments: scalers used for supra-gingival cleaning (above the gum line) and curettes used for sub-gingival cleaning (below the gum line). The process takes a longer time to be completed compared to other methods.

Ultrasonic instruments work through vibration production to crumble the tartar layer. It is much more effective and faster than hand instruments, but it produces vibrations that may lead to sensitivity and make patients uncomfortable. It is not suitable for patients with peacemakers.

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Rubber cup polishing is accomplished through a low-speed handpiece with an attached head of a rubber cup. The rubber cup is dipped into an abrasive paste and then moved over the tooth surfaces. It has limited accessibility compared to Air Polish.

At Camden High Street Dental Practice, Air Polish has never been easier

At Camden High Street Dental Practice, we provide customized dental solutions to give our patients the most effective and suitable treatment. We are always up-to-date with pioneering technologies and materials to deliver high-standard dental services for a pleasant dental treatment experience.

Air Polish service at our clinic is an easy process. While you sit comfortably in the dental chair, our dental hygienist will direct air, water, and powder stream to your teeth to clean and polish them without pain.

The session duration depends on several factors, such as the degree of staining and oral health condition. A patient with minimal staining and good oral health will require a shorter session than another with deeper staining, gingival inflammation, and pockets.

The session takes around 15-30 minutes; afterward, you leave with cleaner and brighter teeth.

If you aim to clean your teeth and remove stubborn tea, coffee, and tobacco stains without pain, contact Camden High Street Practice now to book your Air Polish session. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Unlike other polishing procedures, air polish is a safe and effective way to clean teeth and remove stains without hurting the enamel layer.

Although Air polish is not a whitening procedure, it can significantly alter the teeth’ appearance. The teeth will appear shiny and brighter when the stains are removed.

The duration of an Air Polish session depends on the degree of existing plaque and stains. Generally, it ranges from 15-10 minutes.

Air Polish is a generally safe procedure. It is not suitable for people with unstable asthma, breathing difficulties, patients on a low sodium diet, and patients having sensitivity to the powder particles ingredients. 

Yes, Air Polish is safe to use on sensitive teeth as it does not produce heat or vibration. It can even decrease teeth sensitivity if the fine particles close the exposed dentine surface.

A typical recommendation of a cleaning session every six months is the default option. You may require additional sessions according to your oral health condition.

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