Silver Diamine Fluoride has been getting a lot of attention lately, maybe you are already familiar with what it is and how it works to stop tooth decay in its tracks. If you haven’t heard about it then you will want to keep reading!
What is Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)?
SDF It is a liquid that is applied to a tooth with a cavity to help reverse decay and keep it from growing larger and requiring a dental treatment to restore the tooth back to health.
How does it work?
Once painted onto the cavity the SDF liquid adheres to the decay. The silver kills the bacteria, the fluoride helps to rebuild the tooth enamel and working together they stop the decay from growing larger.
Multiple applications of SDF often are necessary to arrest the cavity completely. It will turn only the decayed area black so we typically recommend it for adult teeth that are not seen when you smile and most baby teeth.
One application takes moments and you can eat and drink normally almost immediately afterwards.
We believe that SDF is a great options for many of our patients and recommend it when we know that it would provide them a benefit.
The longer you can maintain your natural tooth structure the better and, SDF allows us to help you with that goal even when you have a tooth experiencing decay.
We would love to answer your questions and talk to you more about the benefits of SDF. Call or email us today or ask us at your next visit.