Sometimes a technology, technique, or resource used in dental medicine gets rediscovered, and new applications are found for it. In other cases, you have a substance that has been in use for a long time, recognized for its effectiveness but not yet authorized by the FDA. Silver Diamine Fluoride is one such example, a water-soluble liquid that has long been used to treat cavities in pediatric patients in spite of not have the FDA seal of approval. The recent validation of this substance by the FDA has seen it beginning to get a broader application in pediatric and adult dentistry alike.
What Is Silver Diamine Fluoride?
The recent authorization of SDF for use by the FDA is in part due to its reputation for treating cavities in patients of all ages. Its water-soluble nature makes it simple to apply, which is typically accomplished with small brushes or a special type of floss designed for the purpose. It’s capable of halting the advance of cavities within seconds of application in 80% of cases. Due to its not being authorized by the FDA, it previously was only carried by a select few dentists. The change in its status has made it become more universally available and more likely to be available in both pediatric and adult dentistry clinics.
How Does SDF Work?
Cavities are a serious problem, and once they get started, it’s typically complicated and costly to do treatments that will effectively halt and repair them. While deep cavities will still require the use of these types of treatments, shallow cavities can be instantly treated with the application of SDF. Fluoride and Silver are both renowned for their antibacterial properties, and in this mix, fluoride retains its ability to strengthen and repair enamel. Quick, painless, and imminently affordable, it’s an increasingly popular option for dental patients.
Is Silver Diamine Fluoride Safe For My Family?
One of the great things about this tried, and true cavity treatment is that it comes with almost no side-effects whatsoever. What side-effects there are only cosmetic in nature, being that any cavities treated with them will turn permanently black. The good news is, in spite of this minor cosmetic setback, the results are a cavity that has stopped in its tracks and won’t progress. There are also minor stains that will appear on the flesh next to the treated tooth, but these will fade over time, unlike the stain to the tooth itself.
Patients in and around the Camillus, NY area rely on Romans Soltani Dentistry for receiving meaningful treatment options that can make positive changes to their oral health. Drs Anna Romans and Sheila Soltani are dedicated to providing exceptional dental care to their entire dental family. If you’re looking for a new dentistry provider or just haven’t been to see us in a while, call today and schedule an appointment with our team. We’ll be happy to help you get the treatment you need and welcome you to our patient family.