Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is an antimicrobial liquid. SDF can be used to treat cavities to help stop tooth decay and/or to treat tooth sensitivity. SDF application is required every 6 to 12 months, but may be applied more frequently if deemed necessary by our Doctor.
Treatment with SDF does not eliminate the need for dental restorations/fillings or crowns in order to repair function, improve aesthetics and/or eliminate food impaction.
Furthermore, the application of SDF treatment is not a replacement for nerve therapy or extraction when needed in order to treat infected teeth (i.e. pulpotomy, root canal therapy).
Risks related to SDF include, but are not limited to:
The affected area will stain black permanently. Healthy tooth structure will likely not stain. Stained tooth structure may not be hidden even after replacement with a tooth-coloured restoration (Composite Resin) or crown (Zirconia).
Existing tooth-coloured restorations and crowns may discolour if SDF is applied to them.
If accidentally applied to skin or mucosae (i.e. gums, tongue, cheeks, etc.), a brown or white stain may appear. This stain causes no harm, cannot be washed-off and will likely disappear in 3 weeks; in very rare cases, this stain can be permanent.
The child may notice a metallic taste after the application. This will go away rapidly.
No eating or drinking for 4 hours after the application.