Silver Diamine Fluoride is a FDA-approved antibiotic liquid clinically applied to control active dental caries and prevent further progression of disease. While the ideal way to treat teeth with decay is by removing the decay and placing a restoration, this alternative treatment allows us to stop decay with noninvasive methods, particularly with young children that have baby teeth.
Treatment with Silver Diamine Fluoride will not eliminate the need for restorative dentistry to repair function or aesthetics, but has been effective at prevention of further decay. Dental restorations may include buy are not limited to dental fillings, root canal therapy with crowns, and extractions.
Silver Diamine Fluoride is composed of two primary components: silver and fluoride. Silver acts as an anti-microbial agent that simultaneously strengthens the underlying protective layer of your teeth called dentin. Fluoride is the active ingredient that puts a stop to tooth decay and helps prevent additional decay from appearing.
During your child’s visit, your dentist will brush and rinse their teeth without paste to prepare for the treatment. Your child’s teeth will then be dried and any debris, such as plaque, will be removed. SDF is applied to the affected teeth with a microbrush and the solution is allowed to cure on the tooth for two minutes. Once the tooth as been treated, we advise patients not to eat or drink for at least an hour to allow it to cure.
There are several situations in which it may be recommended. Those include, but are not limited to the following:
Silver Diamine Fluoride is a particularly effective fluoride treatment for kids whose cavities cannot otherwise be treated at one time. We may also recommend Silver Diamine Fluoride for children with disabilities or those who are unable to sit for longer cavity treatments. Benefits to this technique:
There are some risks associated with it, which, include, but are not limited to the following:
Every reasonable effort will be made to ensure the success of the treatment. There is a risk that the procedure will not stop the decay, and no guarantee of success is granted or implied.
If the tooth decay is not arrested, the decay will progress. In that case, the tooth will require further dental treatment such as further Silver Diamine Fluoride application, dental fillings or crowns, root canal therapy, or extractions.
These side effects may not include all of the possible situations reported by the manufacturer. If you notice other effects, please contact our office.
Some alternatives include but are not limited to: