Minimally Invasive Dentistry

What is Silver Diamine Fluoride?

Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is an antimicrobial liquid medication that is topically applied to the decay on teeth via a small brush or special floss that takes less than 5 minutes!

SDF works as an alternative to traditional cavity treatment by stopping tooth decay from getting worse. It doesn’t restore the teeth, but it slows/ stops decay while you are waiting for baby teeth to fall out.

SDF has been extensively used around the world for decades and we are excited to begin offering it at our office.

How Does Silver Diamine Fluoride Work?

There are two main ingredients make up SDF that helps us treat tooth decay. The silver ingredient in SDF gives off an antimicrobial property that slows down or stops decay.  In addition, the fluoride portion significantly increases the rate at which tooth the enamel can be remineralized, and increases the enamel’s resistance to future degradation. In other words, SDF helps harden the tooth structure otherwise softened by decay.

Risks and Side Effects of Silver Diamine Fluoride

The greatest benefit of silver diamine fluoride treatment is that it carries very little risk and is generally free of side effects. The most prominent risk is the blackening of the treated teeth, which is strictly aesthetic. When the silver in SDF is applied to a tooth with decay, it oxidizes and leaves a black stain on the cavity portion of the tooth. Not to worry, it does not stain healthy tooth enamel! It can also temporarily stain any tissue surfaces it contacts, like lips or gums. When applied by a skilled dentist or hygienist, the chances of tissue staining are fairly low.

Post SDF Application Instructions:

  1. No eating or drinking for 1 hour
  2. No brushing for 24 hours

Why Do We Treat with SDF?

  • Extremely cost effective and affordable- may be covered by insurance
  • Less invasive = Less stressful on the kids
  • Painless and more comfortable for kids