Silver Diamine Fluoride

Silver Diamine Fluoride
Posted on 12/12/2017

It’s New, But It’s Not New!

SDF or Silver Diamine Fluoride has been used extensively in numerous countries around the globe for decades, but has just been FDA approved and received approval from the American Dental Association (ADA) within the last year or so. 

 It can offer an alternative to needles and drills.
 It can stop the spread of decay in a tooth.
 It stains visible and hidden tooth decay.
 It can provide relief for sensitive teeth.
 It is reapplied every 6-12 months as necessary.

Silver Diamine Fluoride is a medication that is applied to an active area of decay (cavity) to kill the bacteria causing the cavity, prevent the formation of a plaque layer on the treated surface, and strengthen the tooth.  It will cause color changes to the cavity.  The areas of the tooth with active dental decay will turn dark black as the medicine is working.  The healthy areas of the tooth will not be affected and will remain your child’s natural tooth color.  The black color indicates that the treatment is working.

While the medicine will treat the bacteria causing tooth destruction, it will not restore the tooth structure that has already been affected by the disease process.  Your child will still require restoration of the teeth (fillings, crowns, and possibly nerve treatment) if there is any loss of tooth structure.  Dr. Meckler and our team will discuss the recommended timing of this treatment, and will discuss the best way to provide this treatment to ensure that your child receives treatment in the least invasive and most predictable way possible. 

SDF is something to consider for young children that cannot tolerate traditional treatment until such time that they can, as well as for those who may be losing the decayed tooth in the near future.