Silver Diamine Fluoride in maple grove, mn

What is Silver Diamine Fluoride?

Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is an alternative to pediatric dental fillings for cavities in baby teeth. It uses a blend of silver, ammonia, water, and fluoride that kills bacteria and seals your child’s tooth, preventing further decay and keeping the tooth healthy until it falls out naturally. It’s only used in baby teeth because it will permanently stain the treated area black. If you suspect your child has a cavity, contact your Maple Grove pediatric dentist today for an appointment!

silver diamine fluoride in Maple Grove

Did you know…

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Silver nitrate has been successfully used by dentists since the 1800’s.

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What to expect during an SDF treatment

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Dr. Matt will begin by determining that your child is a good candidate for SDF treatment. SDF is usually a good option for very young children or children with special needs as it helps to stabilize the cavity until the child is older and can receive treatment without sedation.

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After your child is approved for SDF treatment, Dr. Matt will clean the tooth or teeth to be treated, dry the teeth with air, and then apply the silver diamine fluoride. It will be left in place for about a minute and then rinsed away. It is as simple as that! No numbing or drilling needed.

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SDF is not a permanent solution. For best results, we usually recommend coming back in for reapplication twice per year to keep the decay at bay. We can continue to maintain the tooth until it falls out naturally or your child is ready to receive a dental filling.

Did you know…

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SDF can prevent cavity growth with a success rate of up to 80% when applied biannually. 

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Is SDF treatment covered by insurance?

Many insurance policies are beginning to cover silver diamine fluoride. It is important to check with your provider to ensure you understand your dental insurance benefits and coverage before proceeding with treatment. Oftentimes, SDF can be a more cost-effective treatment than many other restorative procedures, so even if it is not covered by your dental insurance plan, it may be a good idea to invest in your child’s teeth upfront in order to avoid more costly procedures down the line.

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Will SDF allow my child to avoid additional treatment?

With regular reapplications and proper at-home oral care, it may be possible for your child to avoid additional treatment if the silver diamine fluoride is being applied to a baby tooth. Ideally, SDF would halt the progression of the tooth decay until the baby tooth can fall out naturally on its own. This is usually the case, but sometimes if a cavity is too deep or too far advanced, SDF may not be enough. 

If SDF is being used on an adult tooth, it is likely that it is just being used as a preventive measure to hold off additional restorative treatment, such as a dental filling or root canal, until your child is old enough to undergo treatment without the need of sedation. 

Does silver diamine fluoride treatment hurt?

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No, SDF treatment does not hurt. Since silver diamine fluoride requires no removal of the enamel, it is not usually painful. If any of the SDF liquid comes in contact with the gums, tongue, or lips your child may experience a slight tingling sensation. At our office in Maple Grove, we use small brushes to ensure precise application.

How does SDF work?

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By painting SDF onto the tooth, Maple Grove Pediatric Dentistry can often stop the progression of tooth decay. SDF does this by simultaneously killing bacteria and remineralizing the tooth. The minerals in the SDF solution (silver and fluoride) penetrate the tooth structure and “fill in” the gaps where the tooth enamel has been eaten away by plaque and tartar. SDF is effective for treating teeth that have soft spots, open cavities, or even the beginning stages of a cavity.

Did you know…

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SDF can provide relief from the pain of a toothache caused by tooth decay.

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