International Journal of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry

Register      Login

VOLUME 1 , ISSUE 2 ( July-September, 2011 ) > List of Articles


Air Abrasion: Truly Minimally Invasive Technique

Imran Farooq, Zonera Imran, Umer Farooq

Citation Information : Farooq I, Imran Z, Farooq U. Air Abrasion: Truly Minimally Invasive Technique. Int J Prosthodont Restor Dent 2011; 1 (2):105-107.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10019-1019

Published Online: 01-09-2013

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2011; The Author(s).


Minimally invasive dentistry concept is now an essential part of dental procedures. Many novel materials and techniques have now been developed that are in line with the MI (minimal intervention) philosophy. One such technique is air abrasion. An attempt has been made in this article to cover all the aspects of air abrasion and to remove the misconceptions present about this technique.

PDF Share
  1. Technique for nonmechanical preparation of cavities and prophylaxis. J Am Dent Assoc 1945;32:955-65.
  2. The effect of air abrasion on shear bond strength to dentin with dental adhesives. Oper Dent 1997; 22:254-59.
  3. An in vitro evaluation of the efficiency of an air-abrasion system using helium as a propellant. Dent Mater 2009;25:1442-45.
  4. A textbook of operative dentistry. Philadelphia McGraw-Hill 1956.
  5. Air polishing effects on enamel, dentine, cementum and bone. Br Dent J 1984;156:287-91.
  6. A new dimension to conservative dentistry: Air abrasion. J Conserv Dent 2010;13(1): 4-8.
  7. Transfer technology in dentistry. Br Dent J 2003; 194:226-27.
  8. Dentine caries: Take it or leave it? Dent Update 2000;27:272-76.
  9. Application and re-evaluation of the air abrasive technique. J Am Dent Assoc 1955;50:408-14.
  10. Minimally invasive dentistry. JADA 2003;134:87-95.
  11. Air-abrasion enamel microsurgery to treat enamel white spot lesions of traumatic origin. J Esth Rest Dent 2002;14(3):167-87.
  12. Minimally invasive dentistry-the management of caries. London: Quintessence 2007;7:91-92.
  13. Evaluation of different methods for cleaning and preparing occlusal fissures. Oper Dent 1999;6:331-36.
  14. Advances in air abrasive technology. Journal of California Dental Association 1994;22:41-44.
  15. Kinetic cavity preparation effects on bonding to enamel and dentin. J Dent res 1993; Special issue, Abstract 1437.
  16. Handbook of ceramic hard materials. Riedel R (Ed). Willey-VCH 2000.
  17. The effectiveness of alumina powder on carious dentin removal. Operat Dent 2006;31(3):371-76.
  18. An in vitro investigation of the effect and retention of bioactive glass air-abrasive on sound and carious dentine. J Dent 2008;36:214-18.
  19. Lasers and air abrasion. New modalities for tooth preparation. Dent Clin North Am 2001;45(1):189-206.
  20. Selective caries removal with air-abrasion. Op Dent 1998;23:236-43.
  21. An investigation of the effect of powder reservoir volume on the consistency of alumina powder flow rates in dental air-abrasion devices. J Dent 2008;36:224-27.
  22. Minimally invasive caries removal using bio-active glass air-abrasion. J Dent 2011;39:2-7.
  23. Air abrasive: Some fundamentals. J Am Dent Assoc 1950;41:701-10.
  24. Minimal intervention dentistry: Cavity classification and preparation. J Minim Interv Dent 2009;2(3).
  25. Clinical trial of an air abrasion chemomechanical operative procedure for the restorative treatment of dental patients. Caries Res 2003;37:360-64.
  26. Energy inputs and thermal stresses during cutting in dental materials. The cutting edge: Interfacial differentials of cutting and grinding. In: Peralman S (Ed). Procs. Am. Society for Adv Sci US department of Health Publications (NIH) 1976:175-202.
  27. Operative dentistry and the abuse of dental hard tissues: Confocal Microscopical Imaging of Cutting. Operative Dentistry 2008;33(2):215-24.
  28. Kinetic cavity preparation effects on secondary caries formation around resin restorations: A polarized light microscopic in vitro evaluation. ASDC J Dent Child 2001;68(2):115-21,80,142.
  29. Cavity preparation cutting or abrasion? J Am Dent Assoc 1996;127:1651-54.
  30. Air abrasion: An emerging standard of care in conservative operative dentistry. Dent Clin North Am 2002; 46(2):185-209.
  31. Rationale and treatment approach in minimally invasive dentistry. J Am Dent Assoc 2000;131:18S.
  32. The safety and efficacy of treatment with air abrasion technology. Int J Paediat Dent 1999;9:133-140.
  33. Real time confocal imaging during active air-abrasion substrate cutting. J Micro 2001;203(2):199-207.
  34. US Department of Labour, Occupational Safety and Health Administration. 2007 Apr 18, Available from:
  35. In vitro evaluation of five alternative methods of carious dentine excavation. Caries Res 2000; 34:144-50.
  36. An in vitro investigation of the effectiveness of bioactive glass air-abrasion in the selective removal of orthodontic resin adhesive. Eur J Oral Sci 2008;116:488-92.
PDF Share
PDF Share

© Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) LTD.