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Due to the novel Coronavirus/COVID-19, we are only seeing emergencies until further notice.

If you have an urgent dental concern or dental emergency, please call (217) 246-6296 for the time being.
Hastings Dental Clinic
Hastings Dental Clinic Shelbyville, Illinois
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Air Abrasion

Air abrasion is a drill-less technique that is being used by our office to remove tooth decay and for other applications.

During air abrasion, an instrument that works like a mini sandblaster is used to spray away decay. During air abrasion, a fine stream of particles is aimed at the decayed portion of the tooth. These particles are made of silica, aluminum oxide, or a baking soda mixture and are propelled toward the tooth surface by compressed air or a gas that runs through the dental handpiece. Small particles of decay on the tooth surface are removed as the stream of particles strikes them. The particles of decay are then "suctioned" away.