Certain patients with active decay may be eligible for a non-invasive technique using Silver Diamine Fluoride in a more holistic and less involved technique than a traditional filling. This FDA-approved material has been used for tooth sensitivity in the past and we are now seeing another effect it can have on teeth which is to stop or arrest existing decay and even prevent future decay! It has been used in Japan for over 80 years and other countries such as Australia and China are adopting it into their dental programs and training. The teeth do turn a dark brown to black color after application, so if concerned about esthetics, this may not be the best option for you and your child. However, it is proving to be a very successful option for a child that may require sedation or anesthesia to address their dental disease. Call us to schedule a new patient exam or second opinion consultation to see if this product is an option for your child!
Here is a link to the latest article in the California Dental Journal (go to page 17) to read more about this very exciting addition to our dental world! Read another interesting article from Dimensions Of Dental Hygiene here. And a study out of UCSF. What? That’s not enough? Well, here is an article from Philly.com written by a national spokesperson of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. And finally, you can read how SDF was recently designated as a “Breakthrough Therapy” by the FDA HERE.
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