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Silver Diamine Fluoride

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What is Silver Diamine Fluoride and What are the Benefits?

  • Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is an FDA-approved antibiotic liquid used to control active dental caries and prevent further decay progression.
  • SDF’s primary components are silver and fluoride, which work together to stop tooth decay and strengthen the underlying layer of teeth. 
  • Benefits of receiving SDF include stopping tooth decay and relieving sensitivity.

When is Silver Diamine Fluoride used?

  • SDF may be recommended for various situations, including young children with excessive decay or difficulty cooperating for treatment. 

What is the Process of Silver Diamine Fluoride?

  • The procedure involves drying the affected area, placing a small amount of SDF on the affected area, allow it to dry, and rinse. 

What are the Risks and Alternatives to Silver Diamine Fluoride?

  • Risks related to SDF may include staining of the affected area, brown/white stain on skin or gums if accidentally applied, metallic taste that will go away quickly, and potential ineffectiveness of procedure. 
  • Alternatives to SDF include no treatment (which can lead to further deterioration), fluoride varnish placement, filling or crowns.