Tooth cavities and decay are prevalent in children. However, filling and drilling is not the only solution available for treating decay and cavities. At Dental Kidz Club, Jihee Chun, DDS, and the pediatric dentistry team provide treatments of silver diamine flouride in Perris as an effective way of fighting back against tooth decay. The treatment helps in keeping your kid’s mouth healthy and clean. For more information about how silver diamine fluoride can help improve your child’s dental health, call or schedule an appointment online today.
What is Silver Diamine Fluoride?
Also referred to as SDF, Silver diamine fluoride is an antibiotic liquid used in preventing the growth, formation, and spread of tooth cavities. The treatment consists of silver, fluoride, water, and ammonia. Silver plays the role of killing bacteria and reinforcing the protective layer of your teeth, known as dentin. Fluoride enables the teeth to rebuild themselves, which is known as remineralization. Water plays the part of a liquid base, and ammonia maintains the solution in a concentrated state. As a guarantee of quality and safety, SDF is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use.
How Does Silver Diamine Fluoride Work?
SDF has chemicals that work to get rid of the bacteria that cause tooth decay, hence preventing the decay from spreading. This makes the SDF an excellent treatment for preventing tooth cavities and stopping their development if they have already developed. For patients who experience significant dental anxiety, particularly kids, SDF offers a great alternative to treating cavities through traditional drilling procedures. It also offers a cavity treatment option for patients whose special healthcare needs do not allow them to be drilled. Generally, the benefits of SDF include; a quick and straightforward procedure, non-invasive and painless, and effective in preventing tooth decay and cavities.
What Should You Expect During A Silver Diamine Fluoride Treatment?
During the procedure, SDF is applied directly on the surface of the teeth in a non-invasive and gentle way. When you take your kid for a silver diamine fluoride treatment, your dentist starts by rinsing and brushing their teeth without toothpaste to get rid of any visible plaque. They then place gauze or cotton near the kid’s affected teeth to eliminate any remaining moisture and keep them dry using a vacuum suction tool. This is aimed at ensuring that the SDF solution gets efficient contact with the tooth decay and cavity.
After your child’s teeth are completely dry, the dentist uses a micro brush to apply the SDF solution to the tooth with decay or cavity. The solution is left in place for a few minutes to allow it to cure the cavity effectively. To provide a further cure, it is recommended for the child to wait for about an hour before drinking or eating anything.
To sum up, you should not watch the teeth of your child get damaged by cavities or decay. Silver diamine fluoride provides an effective treatment to enhance your child’s dental health. To learn more about the treatment, call or schedule an appointment online with Dental Kidz Club today.