Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is FDA approved and considered by many dentists to be a viable option in treating and preventing tooth decay in adults and children but is used most often in the dental treatment of children, the elderly, and people with special needs.
Silver diamine fluoride is an anti-microbial liquid that contains silver nano particles and fluoride. The silver kills bacteria and penetrates the soft part of the decay, hardening it. The fluoride will treat and prevent tooth decay and prevent further deterioration from progressing. SDF is sometimes reported to have a slightly metallic taste during treatment.
The silver diamine fluoride is applied to the teeth, one drop at a time, with a small brush. It is usually left on each tooth for about two minutes. It is also applied directly to areas already affected by decay since it will kill any harmful bacteria, which means it can slow down or even stop cavities from becoming more extensive and decay progressing.
There is an array of benefits when it comes to using SDF, including the fact that it is a pretty fast process that is simple to implement and cost-effective. It is also a painless procedure that is not invasive. It is a very effective treatment to prevent or even stop the spread of tooth decay and help relieve any hypersensitivity in a person’s teeth.
Dr. Michael Gazori and his team at Little Pearls Dentistry for Children in Lansdowne, Virginia, begin with a consultation to determine if this type of treatment will work well for your child. It is usually a perfect option for very young children or those with special needs since it will help keep caries or cavities in check until the child grows a little older. That is a great way to treat the cavities of a child without having to use sedation.
Once your child is approved for this type of treatment, our dentists will use air to dry the child’s teeth before applying the SDF. We will then leave it in place for about two minutes, and no numbing or drilling will need to be utilized. We will then monitor your child’s cavities since the silver diamine fluoride treatment is not always a permanent solution to the problem. If the rate of progression warrants it, we may recommend reapplication of the SDF, and if this treatment does not prevent the cavities from progressing, traditional treatment may be necessary.