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.