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Silver Diamine Fluoride

What is Silver Diamine Fluoride?

Silver Diamine Fluoride has been used extensively around the globe for decades. Silver has been used for decades to treat burns and other conditions because of its bacterial-killing properties. The antimicrobial properties of silver, along with the restorative/protective properties of fluoride, allow this treatment to stop cavities from growing while preventing further tooth decay in the affected areas.

It is a colorless liquid that kills bacteria that causes decay, it provides immediate relief from dental hypersensitivity and hardens softened dentin making it more acid and abrasion resistant. Silver Diamine fluoride is extremely safe, the biggest concern is the aesthetics. The treatment will turn the affected area by cavities black. However, the brief discoloration is a better alternative to cost and time involved in getting a traditional filling.

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Who can benefit from Silver Diamine Fluoride?

Silver Diamine Fluoride is best for caries control and management. It is not a long term solution as fillings, but it is excellent for temporary caries control in children. SDF is an increasingly useful and appealing option when treatment is needed on baby teeth that will eventually exfoliate.

Is Silver Diamine Fluoride right for my Child?

Silver Diamine Fluoride is relatively inexpensive and easy to apply. SDF can prevent caries by buying time until the baby teeth fall out or until treatment can be completed. For many families, the simplicity of the treatment overrides any aesthetic concerns.

Many patients will still continue to need a more traditional approach to cavity care that includes removing decay and filling the affect tooth. However, young patient, SDF can be the ideal solution on an interim basis.

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