For decades now, dentists in Europe and Japan have been able to offer a unique way to stop tooth decay in its tracks and help protect teeth from cavities. Now, this game-changing dental treatment is available in the United States! We’re proud to offer our Richardson, TX, patients with cost-effective Silver Diamine Fluoride.
How Do They Work?
If you have a tooth with a high risk of developing decay, or one showcasing the early stages of a cavity, then we may administer the SDF therapy to prevent the problem from growing worse. We apply the material to the tooth in a varnish form. The application takes seconds, but may require a follow up application a few days to a week later. The special varnish will leave healthy tooth structure white, but turns the decayed portions black. For that reason, we typically recommend them for teeth in the back of the mouth.
Will I Still Need a Filling?
If you practice good oral hygiene following treatment, such as regular brushing, flossing, and undergoing routine dental cleanings, then you may not need to have a filling placed on the tooth. However, you should continue to attend six-month checkups and cleanings so we can monitor your tooth and if necessary, apply a dental filling further down the road to safeguard your tooth.
Who Can Receive One?
They help patients of all ages. We can apply the varnish for children as young as age two, protecting them from worsening decay. We also use them to help older kids, teens, and adults. For our senior patients, they provide a fast and cost-effective means of protecting smiles from cavities. If you have any questions about Silver Diamine Fluoride, or if you’re ready for a dental checkup, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About SDF?
If you have any questions about protecting your family’s smiles from cavities, then contact our office a call. SDF is safe for patients of all ages! For more information, schedule a consultation by calling the Viva Dental Family Dentistry office nearest you at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson).