Silver Diamine Fluoride
in Fort Worth, TX
World-Class Pediatric Dental Care with a Gentle Touch
Tooth decay remains one of the most prevalent childhood diseases and, if not treated, can result in poor oral and overall health and reduced quality of life. While drilling and filling remains the standard treatment for cavities, young children now have a non-invasive alternative for managing tooth decay.
What Is SDF and How Does It Work?
Silver diamine fluoride, or SDF, is an FDA-cleared treatment that arrests cavities without the need for anesthetic shots or drills. It has two primary components: silver and fluoride. Silver is an antimicrobial agent that destroys cavity-causing bacteria and prevents the formation of new biofilm. The fluoride component, on the other hand, strengthens and remineralizes the tooth enamel and lowers the risk of new decay. SDF has been shown to decrease tooth sensitivity, especially in areas with gum recession.
Is SDF Right for Your Child?
SDF is a safe and effective way to temporarily manage cavities. It comes with no reported health risks or severe adverse effects. We typically recommend SDF treatment for young children with severe early childhood caries. The alternative treatment also offers a non-invasive option for patients with special medical needs and those unable to physically cooperate during treatment.
SDF is not a permanent solution for cavities as it does not restore the treated teeth to their natural form and function. However, it can stop tooth decay in its tracks until the primary teeth fall out naturally or until traditional treatments can take place.