Silver Diamine Fluoride
No Sugar Bugs Club was one of the first dental offices in Florida to offer this revolutionary treatment option for the management of tooth decay. Silver Diamine Fluoride is an antimicrobial liquid that is able to treat cavities in a non-invasive, fast, affordable, and painless manner. Some patients who have active tooth decay may be eligible for an alternative treatment that uses Silver Diamine Fluoride. FDA approved in August of 2014, SDF became commercially available to dental professionals in April of 2015 as Advantage Arrest by Elevate Oral Care. Compared to a traditional filling that requires shots of local anesthetic and drilling of tooth structure, this treatment is non-invasive and more comfortable for the patient. It is a liquid that is simply brushed on to the cavity that can stop current decay and also prevent new decay in the future.
What is Silver Diamine Fluoride?
Silver Diamine Fluoride(SDF) is a colorless liquid consisting of silver, ammonia and fluoride. Silver in the solution serves to inhibit microbe (bacterial) reproduction. Fluoride serves to promote remineralization of weakened tooth structure. It also prevents breakdown of the enamel (outer layer of tooth). With these key ingredients in the Silver Diamine Fluoride, it serves as an important option in treatment of dental decay.
How does SDF work?
It inhibits breakdown of the tooth while increasing it’s hardness. By reinforcing the tooth and inhibiting harmful decay causing bacteria, SDF works to prevent progression of dental decay at a rapid pace.
Silver Diamine Fluoride is an interim caries-arresting medicament. It allows for delaying treatment of decay until the child is more cooperative.
Side Effects of SDF Use include but not limited to:
- The cavity will turn black signaling stopping or slowing of decay progression. Healthy enamel will not stain but may appear grey if adjacent to stained cavity.
- If SDF gets on skin or gums it may leave a brown stain. Stain on the skin or the gum can’t be washed off but will resolves in 1-3 wks.