Air Abrasion: Uses, Advantages & Disadvantages

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Dr Peter Norton - ADA Interact Host

Peter graduated from the University of Adelaide in 2004. He works in private practice in rural and metropolitan New South Wales, with particular interest in preventive and restorative dentistry. Peter is a regular host, interviewer and moderator for digital CPD events, and is a Clinical Media Advisor and Committee Consultant to the Australian Dental Association.

Prof Ian Meyers OAM

Professor Ian Meyers is a general dental practitioner and honorary professor at The University of Queensland School of Dentistry. Throughout his career as an academic and clinician he has developed extensive experience in comprehensive patient care, diagnosis and management of worn and broken down dentition, geriatric and aged care dentistry, adhesive restorative dentistry and dental materials, and the management of patients through minimum intervention dentistry.

Dr Chris Barker - Periodontist

Dr Chris Barker is a Queensland-based periodontist who specialises in the full scope of specialist periodontics treatment methods.  Chris also lectures and is a clinical tutor at the University of Adelaide and Griffith University.   His research topic of modifying factors of bone resorption and bone production has taken him to local and international conferences.   Before setting up his practice, Chris worked in government and private practice roles in Adelaide, Brisbane, and regional Queensland where he provided periodontal treatment to patients living in rural and remote areas.


Air abrasion and air polishing devices have gained immense popularity amongst clinicians and patients, for a variety of applications. But with an ever-expanding range of devices and powders on the market, what should we take as clinical evidence versus marketing hype?

This episode of ADA Interact will explore the clinical procedures to which air abrasion and air polishing can be applied, discussing the benefits, risks and alternatives, with particular focus on restorative and periodontal procedures.  Are air abrasion and air polishing something you should be providing to your patients? Find out on ADA Interact.

Learning outcomes:

  • Appreciate the principles of air abrasion
  • Understand the nature and uses of the different types of abrasive particles / materials
  • Identify the clinical uses of air abrasion
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the techniques
  • Recognise the limitations of air abrasion for each of its uses
  • Be able to compare the effectiveness of air abrasion versus conventional techniques for specific uses