- What is teeth sandblasting?
- How much time does the sandblasting take?
- Sandblasting - recommendations after procedure
- What is the result of teeth sandblasting?
- How often should teeth sandblasting be performed?
- What is the price of sandblasting?
Sandblasting and scaling are two techniques that cannot be overestimated in modern dentistry era. These procedures ensure an immediate teeth whitening effect. They are simple and quick to perform, and additionally they make oral hygiene much easier.
Teeth sandblasting is a standard and simple dental procedure performed to improve oral hygiene. It is about cleaning teeth from scale and sediment with a high-pressure suspension containing particles of the cleaning substance. The granules added to the liquid are called dental sand – hence, the name of the whole procedure.
The main component of dental sand are substances that are hard enough to cope with dental plaque removal. However, at the same time they need to be gentle enough not to damage the teeth enamel. The most commonly used is sodium bicarbonate (better known as "baking soda") or glycine. The specific taste of dental sand can cause discomfort to patients during the procedure – consequently, the manufacturers enrich the product with various flavour additives, masking unpleasant sensations.
Sandblasting can be divided into supragingival and subgingival. The first procedure involves getting rid of the residue from the part of the tooth above the gum. Sand with harder particles is used for this type of treatment, which allows to remove even massive discoloration. Supragingival sandblasting made by professionals does not threaten to damage the teeth enamel. During the procedure performed by a dentist or a hygienist, the excess of suspension from the oral cavity is picked up by the suction pump, and finally the teeth are polished with special erasers or brushes. Once the dentist has cleaned the teeth, fluoridation is a good idea to strengthen teeth enamel.
Subgingival sandblasting helps to get rid of sediment and discoloration around the periodontal pockets. The close proximity of pain-sensitive and gums that are well-supplied with blood requires the use of sand with softer particles – the most common substance is glycine. There is no need to polish your teeth after the whole procedure. On the contrary – subgingival sandblasting is used instead of polishing with erasers or brushes.
Teeth sandblasting is a quick and painless procedure. It is often recommended to patients during routine prophylactic oral inspections. The procedure is carried out by a dentist or a dental hygienist. On average, it takes approximately 20-30 minutes.
The procedure usually does not cause side effects. However, some patients complain of short-term tooth sensitivity or slight but quickly healing gum irritations.
Teeth sandblasting gives an immediate effect of refreshed teeth. However, its lasting effect depends greatly on the patient’s carefulness.
Immediately after the procedure (e.g. for 2-3 hours) it is recommended to refrain oneself from any meals or drinks. It is also suggested to avoid food of strong colours such as:
In order to ensure the best effect, the patient should refrain from eating these products for at least 24 hours.
Moreover, the patient should not forget about routine oral hygiene. The best recommendation is to brush the teeth after each meal for 2-3 minutes, and use both dental floss and mouthwash.
Numerous bacteria accumulate in the dental plaque. This can cause enamel destruction, caries defects or periodontal disease. Thanks to teeth sandblasting, we are able to get rid of these unwanted guests from the mouth, and consequently avoid serious health problems.
Getting rid of plaque during sandblasting can be considered both in terms of preventive procedure and also in terms of improving the aesthetics of a smile. Sandblasting removes surface discoloration so the patient leaves the dental office with brighter, smoother and refreshed teeth.
Tooth sandblasting (or scaling) is recommended before whitening. Removing the sediment before brightening a smile will allow to get the best possible cosmetic effect.
Sandblasting should especially benefit smokers as well as wine, coffee or tea lovers – literally all the people who do not shy away from food or stimulants that leave their teeth discolured.
Teeth sandblasting does not damage the dental enamel – on condition that it is performed by experienced professionals. Such a procedure should take place twice a year. In case of high tendency to discoloration and deposits, the number of procedures can be increased to four. Sandblasting should be combined with dental check-up – such an approach can save a lot of time. Given that, the patient must book an appointment with a hygienist and a dentist.
The price of teeth sandblasting varies depending on the location, dental office and the number of arches being treated. When the patient expects to refresh the whole smile, the price for the service is around PLN 130-180. If it is necessary to sandblast only the upper (or lower) teeth, the cost of the procedure is PL 70-110.
Teeth sandblasting quickly and painlessly frees the patient from dental sediment and discolorations. The effect of the treatment improves the aesthetics of the smile and also gets rid of plaque bacteria. To maintain the results for as long as possible, the patients should remember about standard oral hygiene.
- Wolf H., Rateitschak E., Rateitschak K.: Periodontologia. Lublin, 2006
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