Going to the dentist can be a very stressful experience for some kids and adults. With non-invasive dentistry there is less need for anesthesia and drilling. With good oral hygiene and proper food modification, cavities can be arrested for many years. This is great for Patients who are special needs, have high dental anxiety or who are not good candidates for Dental Sedation. Talk to a dentist about whether silver diamine fluoride is a good option for you.
Silver Diamine Fluoride
Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is a liquid solution that can be applied directly to cavities to inhibit the growth of cavity-causing bacteria and prevent further decay
Exactly how SDF arrest cavities is subject of ongoing research, but, it is believed that when silver and fluoride are combined, they have the ability to simultaneously halt the progression of existing cavities and prevent the development of new cavities.
Does Silver Diamine Fluoride Stop Tooth Decay?
Often, Yes. According to AAPD a single application of SDF will arrest between 47% and 90% of cavities.
The FDA has designated SDF as a “breakthrough therapy,” a designation reserved for treatment that “are intended to treat a serious condition” and have demonstrated a “substantial improvement over available therapy” options in preliminary clinical evidence.
What does this mean? It means that SDF is an excellent option to use as part of an ongoing plan for cavity management but it is not a substitute for traditional drilling and filling.
The Benefits of Silver Diamine Fluoride Treatment:
- Fast and convenient
- Reliable and safe, FDA approved
- Clinically proven to aid in the prevention and treatment of cavities and tooth decay
- Excellent option to use as part of an ongoing plan for cavity management
What is the Silver Diamine Fluoride Treatment Like?
First, the dentist will dry the affected tooth (or teeth). Next, they will apply a small drop of SDF on the tooth. They may spread this solution over the affected area using a soft brush. After application, the SDF solution is allowed to dry for up to one minute and having a finishing fluoride varnish applied.
Consequently, in some cases a white filling may be required after treatment with SDF in order to restore the shape and functionality of the tooth.
How Long Does a Silver Diamine Fluoride Treatment Last?
The application can be done in minutes, making the treatment a fast and convenient way to prevent or treat tooth decay. Generally speaking, your dentist will want to re-evaluate the treated area in about one month to determine if future SDF applications are warranted. Sometimes SDF will need to be reapplied a few times before the cavities are arrested.
Minimally/non-invasive treatment options in Camarillo, CA
If you are interested in learning more about silver diamine fluoride and whether it could be valuable component of your cavity management plan, contact Pure Dental of Camarillo at (805)484-1611 or request an appt online.