At Aqua Springs Dental in San Marcos, Texas, our number one goal is to protect the health and appearance of your smile. One way we help our patients protect the health of their smile is with Silver Diamine Flouride. If you have an active cavity that was formed from tooth decay, our dentists recommend treating it with Silver Diamine Flouride. Many patients at Aqua Springs Dental in San Marcos, Texas love this option because it is quick, painless, and a conservative dental procedure.
How Does A Cavity Form?
There are a number of ways that a cavity can form, but the most common is when bacteria builds up in the mouth. When you eat and drink, bacteria and sugars from what you consume collect around and on your teeth. To prevent this, our team at Aqua Springs Dental encourage our patients to brush twice a day and floss once per day. This will scrape away bacteria before it has a chance to eat away at your gums or teeth.
However, if you have a poor oral health routine or if there are hard to reach surfaces in your mouth, bacteria may collect and begin the decay process. Slowly, the bacteria will eat away the surface of the tooth, called the enamel, and make its way into the root canal of the tooth where the nerves and blood vessels lie. This could lead to gum disease, a root canal treatment, loss of the tooth, and even an infection in your entire body. The best way to prevent complications with tooth decay is to treat it right away. One of these treatment options is Silver Diamine Flouride.
What Does Silver Diamine Flouride Do?
If you have a filled cavity, you probably remember the first suggestion from your dentist was to fill the decay with a silver or tooth-colored filling. Both of these are great options; however, some patients benefit from a more conservative approach. Silver Diamine Flouride is less invasive than a traditional cavity filling because the solution is rubbed over the tooth rather than heat-fixing a plastic or silver filling into the decay hole. Even though this treatment option is less invasive, it usually will take more than one appointment to complete the procedure. If you are interested in a Silver Diamine Flouride treatment to prevent the spread of decay on your tooth, contact our San Marcos, Texas dental office today!