Silver Diamine Fluoride Specialist

Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry & Special Needs Dentists located in Flanders, NJ

If you’re looking for a less invasive way to treat your child’s tooth decay, then silver diamine fluoride is a great option. The team at Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics in Flanders, New Jersey, offers safe and effective treatments with silver diamine fluoride that can treat your child’s tooth decay without using any drills. To learn more, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking a visit online.

Silver Diamine Fluoride Q & A

What is silver diamine fluoride?

Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is an FDA-approved treatment for tooth decay that offers an easy and noninvasive alternative to traditional drilling and filling. 

While SDF treatments won’t repair the functional or aesthetic damage a cavity causes, it is effective in eradicating tooth decay and preventing the decay from progressing any further.

Silver diamine fluoride has two essential components: silver and fluoride. Silver is an antimicrobial agent that works to strengthen the underlying protective layer of your child’s teeth, which is called dentin. Fluoride is a compound that stops active tooth decay and prevents decay from developing in the future.

What are the benefits of silver diamine fluoride?

Treating your child’s tooth decay with silver diamine fluoride is an effective alternative to drilling out the decay, and has a number of benefits, including:

  • Noninvasive 
  • Painless treatment
  • Quick and easy procedure
  • Provides relief to teeth that are too sensitive
  • Stops tooth decay and fights against future decay

Because of the ease of the procedure, SDF treatments are especially popular with children who have:

  • Excessive decay or a large number of cavities
  • Many baby teeth
  • A tough time cooperating with more involved treatments
  • Special needs
  • Carious lesions a single visit cannot treat

The team at Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics can work with you to determine whether SDF treatments are a good choice for your child.

What happens when my child gets silver diamine fluoride?

SDF treatments are incredibly quick, easy, and painless. The first step is to clean your child’s teeth. The dentist brushes and rinses their smile without toothpaste, dries their teeth, and removes any debris or plaque.

Once they finish preparing your child’s teeth, your dentist uses a microbrush to apply the silver diamine fluoride solution directly onto their affected tooth. 

They let the solution cure on your child’s tooth for two minutes and advise your child to refrain from eating or drinking for at least an hour.

To learn more about how silver diamine fluoride can improve your child’s smile, schedule a visit with Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.