The Use Silver Diamine Fluoride

The Use Silver Diamine Fluoride
Posted on 02/22/2018

We understand that there are many resources on the Internet available to help you make the right decisions for your child's oral needs, but this can be quite overwhelming when some articles provide different standpoints. At Yummy Dental & Orthodontics for Kids, we strive to provide your child with the best dental and orthodontic care possible in order to lay a strong foundation for long-lasting oral health. Whether you're looking to learn more about our pediatric dental services or for tips on improving the health of your child's teeth, our team of experts is more than happy be a resource for all of your questions.

The most common question that we've been getting recently is the use of Silver Diamine Fluoride on children. Are there any adverse effects to using this treatment and what does it do exactly?

What Is Silver Diamine Fluoride?

Silver Diamine Fluoride is an FDA-approved, non-invasive treatment that prevents the spread of decay and disease on your child's teeth. With both the silver and fluoride elements in the sealant, it strengthens the protective layer of your child's teeth and stops the development of tooth decay. Keep in mind that Silver Diamine Fluoride does not eliminate the need for restorative dentistry such as fillings, crowns, or root canals - it is more effective as a preventative. The ideal method to treat decay is by removing the area of the tooth that is infected and placing a type of restoration over it.

Silver Diamine Fluoride may be recommended by our Glenview and Chicago pediatric dentist for:

  • Younger children who have difficulty sitting still for treatment
  • Special needs patients
  • Children who are prone to excessive decay
  • Cavities that cannot be treated in one visit

What Are The Benefits Of Silver Diamine Fluoride?

Many dentists are seeing the benefits of the Silver Diamine Fluoride treatment especially when it comes to maintaining your child's healthy smile. In addition to the preventative benefits, it can also be used for:

  • Faster treatment times
  • A noninvasive & painless alternative
  • Stopping tooth decay
  • Relieving any tooth sensitivity

How Does Your Pediatric Dentist Use Silver Diamine Fluoride

It is important to inform Dr. Yum of any allergies you child has to silver as this can be detrimental to the process. We understand that not everyone will be able to be treated with Silver Diamine Fluoride. In this case, Dr. Yum will offer alternative preventative treatment options that best suits your child’s oral health needs.

During your child’s visit to our dental office, Dr. Yum will clean the teeth of any debris and plaque to prepare for the treatment. Then, the Silver Diamine Fluoride is applied to the affected teeth using a microbush and left on for two minutes. It is recommended that your child does not eat or drink for at least one hour after the tooth has been treated.

Schedule An Appointment With Your Glenview & Chicago Pediatric Dentist

Silver Diamine Fluoride has been proven to be an effective preventative treatment method for your child’s teeth. If you would like to know more about this treatment method or any of our other pediatric dentistry services, please feel free to contact us at either of our two locations in Chicago and Glenview. You can also request an appointment online using our form. We look forward to helping your child achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.