Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)
Would you like to consider an alternative to stopping cavities and tooth decay? Believe it or not, there’s a new, FDA approved liquid that’s designed to fight tooth decay quickly and painlessly, so that you, Dr. Adams and Dr. Aneil and your child can avoid the trauma that often accompanies pediatric dental fillings.
Silver Diamine Fluoride, or SDF, is a colorless, antibiotic liquid, composed of silver and fluoride which work together to both strengthen the underlying layers of teeth and to stop present decay from occurring. SDF application is a non-invasive, cavity-fighting technique that is FDA approved for the treatment of dental sensitivity, and has recently been found successful in preventing dental decay, especially in children who have excessive early decay. Studies show that it can also prevent the progression of dental decay. Dr. Adams and Dr. Aneil are skilled in providing the treatment. Although the decayed teeth turn a dark brown or black color after application, it is considered a safe and effective technique to manage dental decay. Patients who may need sedation or general anesthesia may be a candidate for this treatment. Call us to schedule a consultation to see if your child is a candidate for this treatment.
SDF can be beneficial for young children who have trouble coping with the time and invasiveness required for a regular cavity treatment, and the application of SDF will not only be quick and painless, but will also leave your child with a more calm and collected demeanor throughout his or her entire dental visit. Dr. Adams and Dr. Aneil are practiced and well-equipped for SDF application for your little one, and should the beneficial pain-relieving results wear off after months’ time, Dr. Adams and Dr. Aneil can get your child back in and out of the office in just minutes for a quick re-application.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry notes that SDF provides pediatric dentists an affordable alternative to reduce the numbers of toddlers and young children with cavities to be subject to operations. While decayed areas of the teeth treated with SDF will turn a dark brown color, parents of young children often find that this is a minimal side-effect as compared to the long-term trauma that can accompany a trip to the dentist that includes pediatric sedation or drilling required for a cavity filling.
Silver Diamine Fluoride is rapidly becoming the future of pediatric dentistry, and it can become a part of your family’s pediatric dental plan too!