Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)
IN KEENE, NH
WHAT IS SILVER DIAMINE FLUORIDE?
The battle against childhood tooth decay received a new weapon in 2014 when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF). Silver Diamine Fluoride is a liquid antimicrobial compound that helps kill the bacteria that causes cavities.
HOW IS IT USED?
Silver Diamine Fluoride can be used as a preventative measure to reduce the risk of developing tooth decay and to treat over-sensitivity. But most often it is applied to active decay to stop it dead in its tracks. The antibacterial properties keep the decay from spreading and protects the tooth structure from further damage. SDF helps eliminate the need for more invasive procedures like fillings or crowns and it keeps the decay from spreading to neighboring teeth.
Applying SDF to the area of decay is an easy and painless process. This makes for a much more positive and comfortable experience for your child over traditional drilling treatments. Dr. Norris will make sure the tooth is free of moisture and simply “paint” over the active decay. It is completely painless so there is no need for anesthesia or shots.
The arrival of Silver Diamine Fluoride has made the treatment of childhood tooth decay so much easier, more comfortable, and less invasive for patients. For those patients who have higher anxiety or special needs, SDF is a game changer in their dental experiences.
ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS?
There are very few adverse side effects of Silver Diamine Fluoride. The application does leave behind an indicator that it did its job effectively by depositing a black stain where the decay was living. The stain does remain on the tooth however the benefits of SDF far outweigh the minor cosmetic blemish.
IS IT MORE EXPENSIVE?
Silver Diamine Fluoride protects the tooth from further damage which reduces the risk of needing a more expensive and invasive restorative procedure down the road. The cost of the actual treatment is much more affordable than fillings and SDF is being covered by more and more insurances every year. Parents are also able to use Flex Spending Dollars for the treatment as well.