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SDF Cavity Liquid

SDF liquid application

Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is a clear liquid composed of silver and fluoride that is applied to your child’s teeth in order to slow down or prevent dental decay. Silver provides antibacterial treatment, while fluoride helps to strengthen the tooth enamel, making it more resistant to decay. While it does not restore the tooth to its previous form and function, SDF has many benefits, including:

-Pauses cavity development
-Kills bacteria to prevent decay from spreading
-Alternative treatment to drilling cavities
-Painless and non-invasive

Does my child need SDF?

Your child may need SDF if they have a dental cavity in need of treatment. SDF allows them to receive treatment without the need for a dental drill or dental anesthesia, making it a gentle dental treatment. SDF is also a beneficial dental treatment for kids with special needs who may struggle to keep their teeth clean on their own. To find out if SDF is right for your child, schedule a consultation with Dental Surgery and Facial Aesthetic Centre today.

How is SDF applied?

SDF is a topical treatment, meaning that it is applied to the outside of your child’s teeth. To apply SDF, cotton or gauze will be placed around the affected tooth and excess saliva will be suctioned away to keep the area dry. This prevents the SDF from flowing freely throughout the mouth and instead keeps it isolated to the affected area. Once the area is dry, the SDF will be brushed onto the decayed area. In some cases, SDF may also be applied to healthy tooth enamel for use as a preventative procedure.

Is SDF safe?

SDF is considered to be a safe dental treatment for children. The two most common side effects are a metallic taste and temporary gum irritation if in contact with SDF.

What happens after my child receives SDF treatment?

After SDF treatment, your pediatric dentist will schedule a follow-up appointment to evaluate the treatment area to ensure the SDF is working.

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