SDF (Silver Diamine Fluoride)
Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is a simple and affordable treatment option for the management of tooth decay. It is a clear antimicrobial liquid that is painted onto an active area of decay, arresting the cavity, strengthening and remineralizing the tooth in a fast, painless, non-invasive manner. It is important for parents to know that SDF is not an aesthetic treatment option because it will turn the carious lesion black but not healthy tooth structure. This procedure has a success rate of almost 70 percent after two applications in stopping the progression of dental caries when used in conjunction with changes to snacking frequency and good home hygiene techniques. Occasionally, additional restorative treatments may be required. By arresting caries, SDF offers an alternate care path for young, fearful, or pre-cooperative children for whom traditional treatment is not possible, often preventing the need for sedation, local anesthesia, fillings, and crowns. There are also applications for adolescents and adults in select situations. We are excited to offer SDF as a treatment option for the management of tooth decay.