Silver Diamine Fluoride

When your child is told that they have a cavity that needs to be filled, they can become frightened that the treatment will be painful. While parents know that fillings are not a painful experience, children can be hard to convince. Thankfully, there is an alternative treatment for dealing with cavities: Silver Diamine Fluoride.

What is Silver Diamine Fluoride?

Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is an FDA-approved liquid antibiotic that can help prevent further tooth decay. When applied to a tooth with a cavity, SDF can prevent the progression of a cavity, as well as prevent new ones from forming.

SDF can be used for adults and children but is recommended for use in children to help alleviate any fears they have about going to the dentist. Because this treatment requires no drilling or numbing shots, children can experience a pain-free solution to cavities.

There are many benefits of using Silver Diamine Fluoride, including:

  • No drilling and non-invasive
  • Takes only 30 seconds to paint a tooth
  • Cost-effective
  • Kills bacteria that causes decay
  • Slows or stops the development of cavities

How Does Silver Diamine Fluoride Work?

Silver Diamine Fluoride works in two ways using a combination of ingredients. The silver works to kill cavity-causing bacteria and prevents the formation of new biofilm that adheres to the surface of the teeth. The fluoride component prevents the demineralization of tooth structures while strengthening the enamel.

We are happy to offer our patients this new procedure to help treat cavities. This innovative new technique has the potential to change the way that children feel about their dental visits.

If you are interested in learning more about Silver Diamine Fluoride treatments, contact our Grand Rapids office today!

Evidence-Based Recommendations from the ADA