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What Is SDF?
Silver diamine fluoride, or SDF, is a liquid material used in preventative dentistry against dental caries and tooth sensitivity. As the name implies, the liquid solution consists of silver, ammonia, water, and fluoride. They’re immensely useful for stopping the progression of dental decay since they kill the cavity-causing bacteria, especially in hard-to-reach areas. They also desensitize the tooth to prevent tooth hypersensitivity.
The Silver Diamine Fluoride Treatment Process
The first step in the SDF treatment is a comprehensive dental examination. This usually involves a visual inspection of your child’s teeth to help the dentists identify areas of concern. If your child qualifies SDF treatment, the dentist will proceed to the next step.
Tooth Isolation and SDF Application
Next, the dentists will use cotton balls or a dental dam to isolate the affected tooth to protect the mouth lining and other teeth from coming into contact with the SDF. Once isolated, our Memphis pediatric dentist will use a micro brush or applicator to apply the SDF on the affected area, ensuring complete coverage.
Drying and Setting and Patient Aftercare
The dentists will allow the SDF layer to dry, forming a layer of silver particles and fluoride compounds on the teeth. Once dried, the dentist will provide instructions for caring for the affected teeth and schedule follow-up appointments to check your child’s treatment progress. This marks the end of the SDF process.