SDF Treatment

Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is a liquid substance used to help prevent tooth cavities (or caries) from forming, growing, or spreading to other teeth. SDF treatment kills oral bacteria and hardens softened teeth. This topical medication can also be used to relieve severe dental hypersensitivity. Studies suggest that regular SDF treatment is effective in treating 80% of cavities.

SDF is made of:

  • silver: helps kill bacteria
  • water: provides a liquid base for the mixture
  • fluoride: helps your teeth rebuild the materials they are made of (known as remineralization)
  • ammonia: helps the solution remain concentrated so that it is maximally effective against cavities

While perfectly safe and highly effective, SDF does stain the applied area black and does not rebuild the decayed portion of the tooth. Since, it’s approval for use in 1970, over 2 million bottles have been sold and there have been zero adverse reactions to the medication making it safer than commonly prescribed antibiotics.

SDF can be a great option for youth, seniors, and cancer patients. Even those who suffer from dental anxiety or have special needs that may otherwise require sedation for traditional dental can benefit from SDF treatment.

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