Huckabee Dental in Southlake is now offering Silver Diamine Fluoride, a new and effective method of treating cavities in children. Silver Diamine Fluoride ( SDF ) is an FDA-approved antibiotic that comes in liquid form that is applied within the dental office to prevent cavities and slow decay in active cavities.
Why Silver Diamine Fluoride?
In most cases, your dentist would remove the decay and perform a filling. However, in children with cavities, the Silver Diamine Fluoride can be applied to prevent further decay from occurring, allowing time to go by for the baby teeth to fall out and adult teeth to grow in. This treatment is wonderful for children to do not cooperate at the dental office or phobic children. This treatment will not eliminate the need for future fillings or restorative dentistry, but has been proven to prevent further decay.
How does Silver Diamine Fluoride work?
Silver Diamine Fluoride is a composite of silver and fluoride. The silver element serves as a anti-microbial agent that also strengthens the dentin layer of the tooth structure. Fluoride can help prevent further decay and prevent future decay.
Your Child’s Visit
During your child’s visit, we ask that you brush without paste to prepare for treatment. Your dentist will dry the teeth, he or she will remove any debris or plaque and then SDF is applied with a specialized brush to the affected tooth/teeth. It takes a few minutes for the Silver Diamine Fluoride to cure/dry. Once applied, we ask patients not to drink or eat anything for approximately 1-2 hours.
When does Huckabee Dental Recommend Silver Diamine Fluoride ( SDF ) Dentistry?
There can be several situations that our dentists might use Silver Diamine Fluoride of SDF dentistry for your child including:
- Children that don’t do well at a dental office or have trouble cooperating for treatment
- Children that have excessive decay
- Special Needs Patients
If you are interested in learning more about Silver Diamine Fluoride or SDF Dental, contact Huckabee Dental Today!