Cavities and toothaches can make even the happiest kids feel down. We can help turn those frowns upside-down with gentle treatment options like silver diamine fluoride.
Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is a non-invasive alternative to treating small cavities as opposed to the traditional drill-and-fill method. The traditional method of treating cavities is to administer a local anesthetic, drill the decay out of the tooth, and then refill the tooth with amalgam or composite fillings.
However, SDF enables us to eliminate the need for needles, drills, and anesthetic by treating tooth decay with a painless topical solution that stops the cavity in its tracks.
This special fluoride solution contains silver, ammonia, and fluoride, effectively killing bacteria and remineralizing the enamel to make it stronger and more resistant to future cavities. Contact us at Truckee Pediatric Dentistry to schedule a consultation.
SDF has an 80% success rate when applied twice a year.
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SDF is a less invasive alternative to drilling and filling which makes it more suitable for patients with dental anxiety, special needs, and sensitive teeth. SDF is also perfectly safe for children and can treat many teeth at once. It’s also safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Not only does SDF actively reverse existing cavities, but it also prevents the formation of new ones since the solution stays in the teeth for months. SDF prevents the need for more significant and invasive restorative treatment such as fillings by preventing cavities from growing larger. SDF is painless and noninvasive which means there is no need for anesthetic or sedation.
Our pediatric dentists in Truckee will examine your child’s teeth to look for signs of tooth decay. X-rays will reveal where cavities are located and how deep they are. Large cavities may not be suitable for SDF and may require fillings.
Any teeth receiving SDF will be isolated with a cotton ball or gauze to prevent saliva contamination. Then, we will dry your tooth with airflow.
After thoroughly drying the tooth, we will paint the SDF solution directly onto the cavity. This is rubbed into the tooth for about one minute.
The tooth will be dried again after applying SDF. In some cases, UV light may be exposed to the SDF to set it.
Children can receive SDF up to 4 times a year. We will reassess your child’s tooth in 3 months, when they may need a reapplication.
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You should choose SDF because it is an effective non-invasive treatment for early-stage tooth decay. This makes the process of treating cavities less scary and more comfortable for children. It ensures that children with severe dental anxiety, low pain tolerance, or special needs will get the dental care that they need instead of avoiding necessary dental appointments.
Children who would typically be fearful of certain dental tools, sounds, and sensations will experience total comfort during the SDF treatment. This will also prevent future cavities and the need for future restorative work. The entire process only takes a few minutes and is incredibly simple.