Silver diamine fluoride: Innovative cavity treatment in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Does your child have cavities, but he or she is too young to cooperate with getting fillings? Parents in the Montclair, Ontario, and Fontana area are excited to learn that painless silver diamine fluoride treatment, available at Sweet Tooth Children’s Dentistry in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, controls cavities until the patient is old enough for a low-stress restorative procedure.
Arresting the development of early tooth decay
At Sweet Tooth Children’s Dentistry, the approach is never “one-size-fits-all.” Treatment is tailored to the patient’s needs. However, there is always a focus on preventing dental problems. When a parent asks how to prevent tooth decay, our dentists begin with education on home oral hygiene. However, despite a conscientious daily hygiene program and tooth-healthy diet, decay can sneak in.
Silver diamine fluoride is a temporary solution that keeps decay from progressing, until the child is old enough for treatment. It is a liquid comprised of silver, which has significant antibacterial properties, and fluoride to rebuild tooth enamel. These compounds, in a clinical strength, are combined in an ammonia liquid base which maintains concentration for maximum effectiveness
SDF is applied twice for maximum efficacy and is then reapplied every six months until cavities are filled. This treatment is ideal for small areas of decay. It is not appropriate for large cavities requiring pulpotomies, where decay is deep into the tooth near nerve tissues. Applying SDF to the tooth will stain any cavities or unhealthy tooth structure black, therefore, some parents do not choose SDF for visible cavities in front teeth.
Benefits of silver diamine fluoride from Rancho Cucamonga, CA children’s practice
- SDF dental treatment is approved by the FDA.
- It is quick and does not hurt. The solution is simply painted onto areas of decay.
- SDF delays need to modify (drill away) tooth structure for a filling.
- It can be used as a cavity prevention treatment.
- SDF is more effective than conventional fluoride treatment in stopping decay and preventing new cavities.
Does your dental insurance plan cover silver diamine fluoride? Call Sweet Tooth Dental in Rancho Cucamonga, CA at 909-675-0550 and our friendly administrative team will be happy to assist in finding out.