Preventing cavities is a primary focus in pediatric dentistry, and silver diamine fluoride is an outstanding treatment to assist that goal. Children in and around Denver, Colorado, rely on Leslie Murray, DMD, and the team at Iris Pediatric Dentistry for silver diamine fluoride treatments. To explore this option in greater detail, schedule a visit today using the easy online booking tool, or call to check appointment availability.
Silver diamine fluoride is a liquid solution that contains water, silver, fluoride, and a small amount of ammonia. It’s applied to teeth to prevent cavities or stop an existing cavity from damaging any additional tooth tissue. it is best used for small cavities in very young children, or for those who have a hard time tolerating traditional treatment.
In use for decades in Japan, silver diamine fluoride was approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2014. It’s earned positive results during many studies and clinical trials and is considered a safe and effective means of preventing cavities from growing in children and adults.
This treatment takes just moments to complete and is not a painful process. Dr. Murray works hard to ensure there is no unpleasant taste during or after application.
Kids often struggle to maintain optimal dental hygiene, but plaque and bacteria are always working to invade tooth tissue. Finding a way to give your child an extra measure of protection from dental decay can make a big difference in their overall dental health.
Silver diamine fluoride is used to prevent cavities from progressing into healthy tooth tissue. Sometimes is it used to slow down cavities until the baby tooth naturally falls out, sometimes it is used to buy time until the child is older and able to get the tooth filled or crowned.
Used properly, it is an excellent option for families to combat dental decay.
An expansive body of scientific evidence supports the safety of professionally applied silver diamine fluoride. The only common side effect of this treatment is black staining in the treatment area where the cavity was active. This staining is permanent unless it is removed later by a dentist with placement of filling or crown.
If you’d like more information about the role silver diamine fluoride can play in your child’s dental care, call the office to book a visit, or schedule using the easy online booking page.