Killing Cavities With Silver Diamine Fluoride
What Is Silver Diamine Fluoride?Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is a compound that helps fight tooth decay in children who are especially vulnerable to it. The silver helps fight harmful microbes in your child’s mouth while strengthening the dentin layer of their teeth, and the fluoride fights and prevents tooth decay. SDF is applied quickly and painlessly during a regular dental visit. After the teeth are cleaned and dried, Dr. Lumsdon applies it to the affected teeth. It takes a couple of minutes to cure, but we recommend a wait of at least an hour before eating or drinking afterward so the curing process can completely finish.
What Are The Benefits Of Silver Diamine Fluoride?SDF is particularly effective for treating children who have severe early childhood caries, difficulty cooperating for dental treatment, or special needs. Some of the benefits to this technique include:
- Quick treatment
- Cavity and decay prevention
- Relief for tooth sensitivity