SILVER DIAMINE FLUORIDE
Have you heard of silver diamine fluoride and are curious if it will work for your child? At Hifive Kids Dental we can provide you with information and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this substance.
SDF is a liquid substance known to help prevent existing tooth cavities from growing and it can also stop cavities from spreading to your child’s other teeth. The components are silver diamond and fluoride- the silver kills the bacteria and the fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel. It is a very safe substance that has been used internationally for decades and is now being used across the US and Canada.
SDF is applied topically by being brushed directly on to the surfaces of teeth effected by cavities. A few applications may be required and we will assess its effectiveness over a few months. The downside to SDF is that it does turn the cavitated area of the tooth a dark gray or “black” which is usually not a problem when applied to the molars that are in the back of the mouth. However, if applied to front teeth, the discoloration can be seen and will need to be addressed with white fillings later on.
SDF is not meant to be a long term solution to cavities, however it can allow us to “buy time” if you feel your child is not ready for dental treatment just yet- for instance if they are younger than three years old and have some cavities. It may also be helpful for special needs children who are not able to tolerate traditional dental treatment. It does not restore form or function to the tooth and eventually fillings will have to be placed in teeth that are broken down as a result of cavities but works very well as interim treatment.
We want parents to make informed decisions regarding their child’s oral health, and we would love to discuss this option in detail with you if you are interested in it. Our office specializes in dentistry for kids, so if you are looking for a children’s dentist in Pickering, give us a call today!