What is Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) and Does My Child Need It?
By: Dr. Peter Markov, Owner and Kids Dentist at VK Pediatric Dentistry in Arlington, VA
Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is a safe and effective cavity treatment option that few dentists know how to use. But its not a silver bullet. SDF is a topical liquid that can be painted onto a cavity on a child’s tooth to slow down or stop decay. When applied correctly, SDF hardens the softened, cavitated tooth structure. This can be especially effective on cavities that are on the occlusal (or tops) of kids teeth. If your child is very young or has special needs, SDF treatment can help delay or prevent more extensive or difficult procedures such as numbing, drilling, or sedation. One of the biggest downsides of SDF is that it blackens any area that is cavitated and leaves it permanently discolored. Though, it will not stain healthy tooth structure. If the cavity is in on a baby tooth that will eventually fall out or if the tooth is in the back of the mouth, SDF may be the least invasive, best option for some children. Success rates aren’t 100% so regular follow up is very important.
VK Pediatric Dentistry is proud to offer Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) as a conservative approach to manage decay in certain situations. SDF can be a very useful tool for providing dental care for your children that may have challenges to receiving traditional treatment because of age, behavior, or medical conditions.
VK Pediatric Dentistry
5001 Lee Hwy. Arlington, VA 22207