Silver Diamine Fluoride (Sdf)
"Cavity Fighting Liquid"
what is Sdf?
SDF is a liquid medication applied to the tooth with the goal of stopping the progression of cavities.
After it is applied to the tooth with a brush, healthy areas remain unaffected while areas of decay turn black and may prevent cavity growth.
why use sdf?
stop the growth of cavities
relieve tooth sensitivity
Because neither sedation nor 'numbing' is needed, SDF may be a good option for patients who are young or fearful.
be advised that
after the application of SDF, teeth with cavities will stain black permanently
SDF may temporarily stain skin and gums, but will fade in 1-3 weeks
application of SDF may yield a bitter/metallic taste
follow up will be required and reapplication may be recommended
the purpose of SDF is to pave the way for future restorative treatment
SDF treatment is not usually covered by dental insurance
SDF can not be used on a patient with a silver allergy