Silver Diamine Fluoride Treatment

Silver Diamine Fluoride is an alternative treatment to fillings for children that provides a quality temporary solution to cavities.

Silver Diamine Fluoride Treatment

Silver Diamine Fluoride is a liquid substance used to prevent tooth cavities from forming, growing, or spreading to other teeth. It’s made up of silver, water, fluoride, and ammonia. The silver helps kill any bacteria while the fluoride helps your teeth rebuild the materials they are made of naturally.

Silver Diamine Fluoride is applied directly to the surface of your teeth, most commonly those affected by cavities, but also occasionally used as a preventative measure. Because the fluoride is so effective at reducing cavity growth and requires few treatments it can be used as a great alternative to fillings for younger children and youth who are either restless or don’t yet have permanent teeth. The substance leaves a color on the tooth, which is why it’s ideal for baby teeth or teeth that are either temporary or will be removed.

A white toothbrush and a tooth on a blue background
  • What are the side effects of Silver Diamine Fluoride?

    There are really few side effects with a Silver Diamine Fluoride treatment. It is commonly seen as a safe alternative to fillings by most dentists, especially on young children.

    The most common side effect is black staining around the area where the liquid is applied and staining of materials that it comes into contact with such as clothing or nearby tissue in the mouth.

    Additionally, this treatment should not be used on people with silver allergies, oral ulcerations or canker sores, advanced gum disease, or major tooth decay that is exposing soft tissue.

  • Is Silver Diamine Fluoride Safe?

    Silver Diamine Fluoride has been used around the world for decades as a safe treatment and has shown no adverse reactions other than turning the area affected by cavities black.

    It’s an inexpensive and easy to use solution, especially for children who still have baby teeth. This is why is has become such a popular alternative to fillings.

  • Who should use Silver Diamine Fluoride Treatments?

    Silver Diamine Fluoride works best for temporary cavity control and management. It’s not a permanent solution for long-term care, but it can act as a great interim solution for the following types of dental patients and cases.

    • Children with baby teeth
    • Young infants or toddlers who may have difficulty sitting through a filling
    • Dental patients with cavities that are hard to treat with one visit
    • Dental patients with behavioral challenges or special needs
    • Dental patients requiring a more cost-effective solution than a tooth filling.

A Kid-Friendly Dental Experience

We specialize in providing first-class dental care to children of all ages. What’s more, we are parents too! Therefore, we understand the busy lives of families and have created an experience to make your dental visits simpler. Learn more about our services or schedule an appointment today.