Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)

Queen Creek, Arizona

At Birch Tree Pediatric Dentistry, we always look for ways to help make dental care more comfortable for our young patients. We are pleased to offer silver diamine fluoride (SDF), a quick, painless, and non-invasive solution to stop cavities in their tracks until your child is ready for a permanent restoration or the tooth falls out naturally. We invite you to visit our Queen Creek practice to determine if SDF is right for your child.

What Is Silver Diamine Fluoride?

Silver diamine fluoride, or SDF, is an antimicrobial and remineralizing liquid made up of fluoride and silver particles. Silver eliminates cavity-causing bacteria, while fluoride helps strengthen the tooth structure and makes it more resistant to decay. The FDA-cleared treatment stops cavities from worsening, safeguarding your little one's oral health.

What Are the Benefits of SDF?

SDF offers a non-invasive solution to treat tooth decay in kids with multiple cavities or those with recurrent cavities that are difficult to treat. It is a game changer for children with dental anxiety, kids with special healthcare needs, and young children who have too much energy to tolerate traditional dental fillings.

SDF comes with a high safety record, with no reported health risks or serious side effects. The alternative treatment requires no needles, drill, noise, or sedation. Not only will the painless procedure stop the progression of cavities, but it can also help relieve tooth sensitivity.

What Is the Silver Diamine Fluoride Application Procedure?

The SDF application process is quick and simple. We will clean the affected area and isolate it before brushing the SDF solution directly onto the areas of decay. We will leave it on for a few minutes and then clean off any excess.

SDF treatment may need more than one appointment. After the first application, we will evaluate the progress. We may reapply SDF in about 6-8 weeks, if required, depending on your child's unique needs.

What Are the Limitations of SDF Treatment?

Even though SDF stops tooth decay from progressing, it does not restore the tooth to its original form and will require a traditional restoration when your child is ready. The main drawback of SDF treatment is that it leaves black stains on the decayed area. However, the ease of treatment and its effectiveness at keeping cavities from progressing offers an excellent temporary solution for many of our young patients.

Silver Diamine Fluoride Near Me in Queen Creek, AZ

If you feel your child would benefit from silver diamine fluoride treatment, talk to our pediatric dentist at Birch Tree Pediatric Dentistry. We will help you determine if your child is a good candidate for the alternative tooth decay treatment. You can always count on our team for kid-friendly, gentle care.

We invite you to call us at 480-896-7800 to schedule your child’s appointment or schedule one online today. We look forward to caring for your child’s smile.

Schedule Your Child's Appointment Today!

Ready to get your child's smile on track? Our fun, high-tech, and adventure-filled dental office offers the highest standards of dental care for infants all the way to adolescence. Schedule your child's appointment to get started today!