At AquaSprings Dental in San Marcos, Texas, our number one goal is to protect the health and appearance of your smile. One way is to protect your smile with Silver Diamine Fluoride. If you have an active cavity that was formed from tooth decay, our dentists recommend treating it with Silver Diamine Fluoride. Many patients at Aqua Springs Dental in San Marcos, Texas love this option because it is a quick, painless procedure. The use of Silver Diamine Fluoride in dentistry has been well documented for its safe and successful ability to help control tooth decay. Its application is a conservative approach for the treatment of active decay. Your doctor at AquaSprings Dental in San Marcos, TX can discuss if Silver Diamine Fluoride is a good option for your child’s care.
How Does A Cavity Form?
There are a number of ways that a cavity can form, but the most common is when bacteria build 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 AquaSprings Dental encourages 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 Fluoride.
What Does Silver Diamine Fluoride Do?
Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is effective for the treatment of hypersensitivity, tooth decay, and cavities. Silver Diamine Fluoride is an FDA-approved fluoride antibiotic liquid clinically applied to control active dental caries and prevent further progression of the disease. While the ideal way to treat teeth with decay is by removing the decay and placing a restoration, this alternative fluoride treatment allows us to stop decay with noninvasive methods, particularly with young children that have baby teeth.
If you have a filled cavity, you probably remember the first suggestion from your dentist was to fill the decay with silver or tooth-colored filling. Both of these are great options; however, some patients benefit from a more conservative approach. Silver Diamine Fluoride 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 decayed hole. Treatment of tooth decay with Silver Diamine Fluoride does not necessarily prevent the need to place a regular filling in the affected tooth in the future in order to restore function and esthetics. Many teeth treated with SDF will still need a filling or crown in the future.
When is Silver Diamine Fluoride recommended?
There are several situations in which Silver Diamine Fluoride may be recommended. Those include, but are not limited to the following:
Children who may have excessive decay (severe early childhood caries)
Young children who have difficulty cooperating for treatment
Special needs patients
Children with carious lesions that may not all be treated in one visit
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 Fluoride treatment to prevent the spread of decay on your tooth, contact our San Marcos, Texas dental office today!