As dental technology explores techniques, materials, and treatments old and new a rising star is occasionally discovered. Methods used to solve one dental problem suddenly find application in solving a different one, or a previously known treatment has potential for broader use. Silver Diamine Fluoride falls into this latter camp, and has been an effective cavity treatment in many dentist’s toolkit for years. Unlike fluoride, which strengthens existing enamel and helps to rebuild it, silver diamine fluoride is able to freeze cavities in their tracks so they can’t do any more damage.
What Is Silver Diamine Fluoride?
Known around the world for its effectiveness in treating cavities, silver diamine fluoride has recently been authorized by the FDA for use in US dental care. As a water-soluble liquid it is easy to apply directly to cavities using only a special type of floss or small b rush. Seconds after application it halts the progression of 80% of cavities its used on. Previous to the FDA authorization it was only available from a limited number of dentists. With the official stamp of approval its started to appear in more and more offices across the country. At less than $1 a tooth to apply, this means a new and affordable treatment option is available for patients everywhere.
How Does SDF Work?
Silver Diamine Fluoride ‘s effectiveness comes from the ability of its constituent materials to halt the progression of cavities. Deep cavities aren’t able to benefit as well from SDF, but shallow ones are effectively treated by the antibacterial action of fluoride and silver. Add in fluorides ability to strengthen dental enamel and boost decay resistance and its easy to see how this substance helps patients. Even better, its quick, painless, and cost effective making it one of the most affordable options for cavity treatment on the market.
Is Silver Diamine Fluoride Safe For My Family?
In addition to the incredible stopping power SDF has on cavities, it also has almost no side-effects. The sole side-effect associated with its use is cosmetic, as it will turn the cavity treated permanently black. This makes it an exceptionally popular option for pediatric patients who still have their baby teeth, but its available for adults looking for an affordable option as well. It will also leave stands on the cheeks, gums, and other tissues that come in contact with it, but those stains go away over time. The dental staining itself is permanent. While it can theoretically be used on any tooth, most adults opt to have this treatment applied to teeth that aren’t visible when smiling.
If you live in the Bradenton, FL area and are looking for a place to receive more information about Silver Diamine Fluoride, consider reaching out to 3-D Dentistry. Dr. Victor Bustos is proud to provide a range of dental care options for patients in and around the Bradenton area. While you’re learning about SDF, take some time to consider orthodontic options that can help improve your overall smile and make you look your absolute best!