Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics of Virginia is pleased to announce that we are now offering liquid Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) to children with cavities. This special liquid is brushed on cavities to stop decay painlessly. Studies have recently shown that SDF can halt the progression of cavities and even prevent them.
How Does Silver Diamine Fluoride Work?
SDF is a newly FDA-approved clinical treatment for controlling active dental caries (cavities) and preventing the progression of decay. How does it work? SDF works two ways, using a combination of ingredients.
The silver acts as an anti-microbial medium that kills cavity-causing bacteria and prevents the formation of new biofilm (thin, sticky film that adheres to a surface). The fluoride component prevents the demineralization of tooth structures while actually strengthening the enamel, making it more resistant to decay.
This treatment option works for specific cases and does not restore already lost tooth structure. It is intended to decrease sensitivity and to stop cavities from getting bigger. SDF is not a cosmetic solution because the cavities become stained, while the healthy tooth structure remains white.
The Benefits of Silver Diamine Fluoride
Dentists everywhere are discovering the benefits of this liquid cavity fighter and encouraging patients to ask for it. Some benefits include:
No drill needed.
Takes 30 seconds to paint it on tooth.
Non-invasive and may be an option for uncooperative children, as well as special needs patients.
Kills bacteria that cause decay.
Slows or stops the development of other cavities.
Dr. Keeton is happy to offer his patients this new procedure to treat cavities, saving time and avoiding the drill. This innovative technology has the potential to change the way children feel about the dentist.
At PDOVA, we are dedicated to the comfort of our patients and maintaining the highest quality of care. If you think your child may have decay, but he/she is intimidated by the numbing shots and the drill, please call PDOVA at 804.739.0963 or request an appointment online to learn more.