Air Polishing and Air Abrasion

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Bosworth Company (A Division of Keystone Industries)
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Johnson-Promident
MTI Dental Products
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Velopex International
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Air Polishing and Air Abrasion CATEGORY DESCRIPTION

Enhanced efficacy, ergonomics, portability, and patient comfort are at the forefront of advances in dental air polishing and air abrasion systems.

Air polishing is performed with propulsion of abrasive particles through a handpiece nozzle in a compressed air/water mixture, using a self-contained delivery system or one that attaches to a handpiece. Examples include an autoclavable handpiece that keeps the water separated from the air-powder jet, a unit with a built-in heater and smaller granules that are gentler to soft tissue, and a system that uses air, water, and a sodium bicarbonate or nonsodium powder slurry to remove extrinsic stain, plaque, and soft debris while polishing tooth surfaces. Cordless, lightweight air-polishing units with wireless foot pedal control are increasingly popular.

Air abrasion for restoration preparation employs a stream of aluminum oxide particles generated from compressed air or bottled carbon dioxide or nitrogen gas. Quantity of tooth removal and depth of penetration depend on several parameters, including handpiece nozzle diameter and angulation, which ranges from 0° to 120° to enable precision cutting and shallow preparations. Operator controls are mechanical or digital, with some digital devices enabling pulsed mode operation. One single-use air abrasion tip uses “house air,” with each tip prefilled with a hard, mild, or soft abrasive powder.

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The Midwest RDH Freedom delivers a cordless prophy experience in a balanced, lightweight package. DENTSPLY Professional describes the...
The new design of the Prophy Pen polisher handpiece keeps the water separated from the air-powder jet  and it is autoclavable for...
Hu-Friedy’s AIR-FLOW Plus powder, designed for use with the AIR-FLOW Therapy system, is the first air polishing powder in dentistry that...
ProphyBrite Air Polisher from Bosworth is used for plaque and stain removal with fast and gentle patient care. This high speed dental air...
ACTEON's AIR-N-GO Easy attaches to the high-speed handpiece connection in any dental chair and has been redesigned to be simple to clean,...
Each ProphyMaster tip combines the suctioning power of the chairside high-speed evacuation and the chairside low-speed air supply to...
ACTEON has introduced the first range of powders to focus on the patient's well-being. The AIR-N-GO powders, created by SATELEC, were...
The EtchMaster is a miniaturized, efficiently packaged, and disposable air abrasion device. The EtchMaster from Groman Inc is a...
From NSK, Prophy-Mate neo offers excellent weight balance and a lightweight, compact powder chamber so that it’s comfortable in the...
Prophy-Jet is an air-polishing prophylaxis system that uses air, water, and sodium bicarbonate (ProphyJet) or nonsodium (JET Fresh)...
Air-N-Go Air Polisher ACTEON Group Air-N-Go from ACTEON Group is a dual-purpose air polisher that both polishes teeth and treats...
With the AIR-FLOW PERIO, the practitioner now has an ergonomic device on hand to deliver superior treatment and destroy biofilm. When...

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