Here at Cavity Commandos, we are proud to be able to provide Silver Diamine Fluoride treatments to our patients. This treatment helps strengthen your teeth against decay, as well as work as a preventative method for additional damage. The simple procedure, performed by our highly trained staff, is completely painless and only takes a few minutes, but it can help prevent further decay in the future.
What is Silver Diamine Fluoride?
Silver Diamine Fluoride is an FDA-approved antibiotic topical solution that is clinically applied to control active dental caries and prevent further progression of disease.
While the traditional way to treat tooth decay is by removing the decay and placing a
restoration, this alternative fluoride treatment allows us to stop decay in it’s tracks by noninvasive methods.
How does Silver Diamine Fluoride work?
Silver Diamine Fluoride is composed of two primary components: silver and fluoride. The Silver acts as an anti-microbial agent that kills the bacteria that break down tooth surfaces while also working to strengthen the underlying protective layer of your teeth called dentin. Fluoride is the active ingredient that halts the tooth decay, helps prevent additional decay from appearing, as well as keeps the bacteria from spreading to the other teeth.
Treatment with Silver Diamine Fluoride will not eliminate the need for restorative dentistry to repair function or aesthetics, but has been highly effective at prevention of further decay and damage. SDF is a safe, painless alternative to traditional cavity drilling procedures.
How is it applied?
During your visit, your dentist will brush and rinse your teeth without paste to prepare for the treatment. Teeth will then be dried and any debris, such as plaque, will be removed. SDF is applied to the affected teeth with a microbrush and the solution is allowed to cure on the tooth for two minutes. Once the tooth has been treated, patients are advised not to eat or drink or at least an hour to allow it to set.
Silver Diamine Fluoride is a particularly effective fluoride treatment for patients whose cavities cannot otherwise be treated at one time. The SDF treatment method can also be helpful for children or adults who have anxiety about the dentist or may not be able to fully engage in dental procedures, such as those with special healthcare needs.
Benefits to the SDF technique include:
• Quick treatment time
• Effective cavity prevention
• May stop tooth decay
• Immediately relieves tooth hypersensitivity
• Hardens softened dentin, making it more acid- and abrasion- resistant
Side Effects to SDF:
The only common side effect of SDF noted in hundreds of studies is black staining around the area where SDF is applied. (Healthy dentin and enamel will not stain.)
Brown stains on the surrounding tissue may occur – although these brown stains do wash out or go away with regular brushing and flossing within a few weeks.
The following are potential candidates for this treatment:
• Young children who have difficulty cooperating for treatment
• Children with excessive decay who are not candidates for oral or IV sedation
• Special needs patients
• Patients who need a low cost alternative to traditional restorative procedures
• Patients with dental anxiety