In today’s dental practice, the words “prevention” and “minimally invasive” are becoming more common and certainly more important. Patients are looking for simple, conservative modes of treatment, hopefully without having to get a “shot.”
I’ve had many years of experience with air abrasion, but recently I was introduced to the Aquacare Twin unit by Velopex. At first, I felt intimidated by the setup. However, I quickly learned it can provide versatile restorative functions. The foot pedal allows flexibility to control which material and mode you use, depending on the procedure you’re performing.
The Aquacare Twin features a combination of water, powder, and air. This unit provides the option to have two different materials from the following three choices: aluminum oxide, sodium bicarbonate, or Sylc (a calcium sodium phosphosilicate).
Sodium bicarbonate may be used prophylactically to clean teeth. Sylc is a dry powder designed to provide a prophylaxis treatment for dental enamel and to physically occlude dentin tubules for management of sensitive teeth. When exposed to an aqueous environment, Sylc undergoes a rapid surface reaction, allowing it to physically adhere to exposed dentin and to physically occlude tubules.
For conservative restorative procedures, if you wish to remove caries or hypomineralize tooth structure, the air particle abrasion mode can be used. The Aquacare Twin allows the use of either 29uM or 53 uM aluminium oxide, depending on your needs. Air particle abrasion can help remove aprismatic enamel and clean and prepare the tooth surface to optimize bond strengths. This is perfect for minimal preparation procedures and often can be performed with no local anesthetic.
I’d definitely recommend a closer look at this unit.
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