Your child might be a little nervous for his or her routine dental appointment at True Dental Care for Kids & Teens, especially if a cavity is anticipated. To help alleviate the anxiety they may experience in the dentist’s chair, we offer Silver Diamine Fluoride to treat cavities and dental decay.
What is Silver Diamine Fluoride?
Silver Diamine Fluoride, or SDF, is a liquid substance composed of silver, water, fluoride and ammonia. It is used as an alternative option to treat existing cavities and to prevent decay from spreading to other teeth. Unlike traditional dental fillings, SDF treatment does not require drilling or anesthesia.
SDF is a relatively new treatment in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean it’s untested for safety and success. In fact, this process has been used in numerous other countries for years and is now FDA approved, so you can rest assured that your child will receive safe, effective treatment when SDF is used.
Kids & Teens will not be exposed to an unnecessary high dose of radiation.
Dr. Cohen use the most advanced 3D scanning equipment available in USA. Virtually immediate clinical results, diagnostic accuracy, decreased patient radiation without a reduction in image quality. Latest machine reduces the patient radiation dose by more than 77% in comparison to conventional AC units. Improved and accurate 3D diagnostics without being exposed to a higher radiation dose.
How Does SDF Work?
The active ingredients in SDF help kill the bacteria that cause cavities and decay, prevent more bacteria from growing and rebuild any broken-down tooth materials. SDF treatment is quick and simple. Board-certified dentist Dr. Mila Cohen will apply the SDF liquid to your child’s affected tooth using a soft, small applicator, rather than filling the tooth using a dental drill. To ensure the SDF treatment is fully effective, your child will return for a follow-up appointment, typically within 3-4 months. In the meantime, the SDF liquid will cover the cavity and prevent decay from affecting surrounding teeth.
Does My Child Need SDF?
While SDF is an excellent treatment option in many cases, Dr. Cohen will assess your child’s needs and discuss all available treatments with you. SDF is typically recommended for smaller cavities, so if decay has spread to a larger surface area, other tooth decay treatment options may be more appropriate.
To prevent the need for cavity treatment, it’s important to implement healthy oral hygiene practices. Ensure that your child brushes his or her teeth after eating and flosses regularly to keep teeth healthy and free of bacteria.
Reach Out to True Dental Care Kids & Teens
If your child may have a cavity, consider Silver Diamine Fluoride treatment from True Dental Care Kids & Teens. To learn more, call us at 201-565-0880 or schedule an appointment online today.