SDF Silver Diamine Flouride
Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)
This is a conservative treatment to inactivate a cavity. SDF is used to arrest dental caries and reduce tooth sensitivity. It is not definitive treatment; but can buy time until the child is old enough or cooperative enough to undergo treatment, in office , on the affected tooth . Our office uses SDF in select cases in young children with cavities who may not be able to sit well in the dental chair for treatment. Placement of SDF can arrest the cavity and allow time (six months to a year plus) for the child to be a little older and be able to sit in the chair to repair the tooth. In such a s case, a young child can avoid having to go to the hospital and needing treatment under general anesthesia.
In older children SDF is also quite useful and has a multitude of benefits as well .