Silver diamine fluoride offers a new, innovative way to treat cavities.
For dental patients with active tooth decay, treatment using silver diamine fluoride, as opposed to the traditional process of drilling and filling, may be a viable option. Approved in August of 2014 by the Food and Drug Administration, this treatment option is more comfortable for patients because it is non-invasive.
During the procedure, a liquid is brushed onto the cavity to stop the current decay from worsening and prevent additional decay in the future. Other advantages of silver diamine fluoride for treating tooth decay include the following:
- Provides instantaneous relief from dental hypersensitivity
- Hardens softened dentin on the teeth, so it becomes more resistant to abrasion and acid
- Kills off pathogenic organisms
- Does not stain the enamel or dentin
- Can give insight into additional dental problems due to its ability to stain hidden or visible lesions
Although silver diamine fluoride was only recently approved for dental use here in the U.S., silver has been used to treat cavities for decades. In fact, some reports tell of its use as far back as the 1800s. Additionally, silver has been used to treat tooth decay in Japan for more than five decades.
At Kotis Family Dentistry in Statesville, North Carolina, we are excited about this new technique for treating tooth decay and its particular advantages for special needs patients, medically compromised individuals, or those who may otherwise need sedation for standard dental work, like crowns and fillings. For further information about this non-invasive, affordable, quick, and painless approach to treating tooth decay and preventing recurrent decay, please contact our office.
For additional information and research on the use and benefits of silver diamine fluoride, check out the following links:
- The effects of silver diamine fluoride on treating dental caries in Chinese preschool children
- The silver-fluoride bullet the dental industry has been waiting for
- The rational and protocol for using silver diamine fluoride for treating dental caries
- The MMC Library
- ADA Guide to Reporting Interim Caries Arresting Medicament Application