Silver Diamine Fluoride Treatments in Houston

Conservative Treatment for Decay

Stop Cavities with Silver Diamine Fluoride

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Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is an alternative to traditional dental fillings.

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SDF treatment is a non-invasive procedure that stops decay in baby teeth without the use of a filling.

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With SDF, the progression of tooth decay can be halted until a permanent solution can be applied.

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We offer child-focused dentistry at Big Picture Pediatric Dentistry, and can keep your child feeling safe, calm and comfortable during treatment.

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What Is Silver Diamine Fluoride?

Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is an alternative to fillings for baby teeth. It’s a liquid comprised of four basic parts; silver, water, fluoride, and ammonia. Silver is used for its strong antibacterial properties, water provides a liquid base for the mixture, fluoride helps restore and remineralize tooth enamel, and ammonia helps make the solution more concentrated and effective at fighting cavities.

When applied to a cavity, SDF halts its progression permanently. It prevents the cavity from getting bigger by killing the bacteria causing decay and strengthening the area around the tooth. This makes it a good alternative to dental fillings, particularly for small cavities in baby teeth.

What Are the Benefits of Silver Diamine Fluoride?

SDF is completely non-invasive, which means there is no need for needles, dental drills or any other intimidating equipment. Your child will not feel any fear or discomfort during treatment, Dr. Brock will simply paint on the SDF compound and cover it with a fluoride varnish. This treatment is also much faster and more affordable than a filling.

SDF can’t be used to treat deep cavities, which may require different options for treatment. This makes it an ideal procedure if your child has a cavity in a baby tooth that will fall out naturally in a year or two. It can also be used to help delay treatment until a more appropriate age if your child is under 2 years old.

SDF also has the ability to decrease sensitivity in teeth. If there is no decay, yet your child's tooth is very sensitive to temperature, SDF can help constrict tubes in the enamel to help decrease sensitivity, while not staining the tooth.

When to Consider SDF Treatment

If your child has a few minor cavities in their baby teeth and Dr. Brock believes that they can be treated with SDF rather than fillings, this may be a good treatment option. SDF treatment may also be a good option for very young kids with cavities. It can be used as a “stop-gap” solution until your child is old enough to receive a filling or dental crown.

How Often Should My Child Get Silver Diamine Fluoride Treatment?

SDF is usually applied to teeth with cavities once per year. However, the fluoride varnish that is used on top of the SDF treatment may need to be reapplied up to four times per year. At your child’s appointment, Dr. Brock will explain this process in further detail, so contact us now to get started and see if SDF is right for your child.

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