Silver Diamine Fluoride

Silver Diamine Fluoride
Silver diamine fluoride treatment is an especially useful treatment for hypersensitivity, cavities, and tooth decay. Dr. Sarah Kim and Dr. Julie Cernigliaro of Happy Smile Pediatric Dentistry offer silver diamine fluoride treatments for children in their Midtown, New York, New York, office. This antibiotic liquid can prevent further progression of diseases, and the Happy Smile Dentistry team are happy to offer it to their patients. Call or make an appointment online today.

Silver Diamine Fluoride Q & A

Happy Smile Pediatric Dentistry

What is silver diamine fluoride?

The FDA-cleared antibiotic liquid silver diamine fluoride is applied to prevent disease progression and is particularly useful for children and adolescents. It’s a non-invasive, softer approach to stopping tooth decay that works wonders for baby teeth.

How does silver diamine fluoride work?

Two main components comprise silver diamine fluoride: fluoride, and silver. Fluoride is the active ingredient that stops tooth decay, while the silver acts as an antimicrobial agent, strengthening the dentin, which is the underlying layer of the tooth.

First, Dr. Kim or Dr. Cernigliaro brushes and rinses your child’s teeth to prepare for the treatment. Next, they dry the teeth and remove any plaque or debris. The silver diamine fluoride is then applied to your child’s teeth with a special brush and left to sit for two minutes.

After the treatment, your child may have a metallic taste in their mouth. It’s best to make sure your child abstains from eating and drinking for at least 30 minutes afterward. Your Happy Smile dentist instructs you on how to prepare for your child’s treatment, and what to expect.

Why would my child need a silver diamine fluoride treatment?

Dr. Cernigliaro or Dr. Kim may recommend a silver diamine fluoride treatment if your child has excessive tooth decay. It’s highly effective in preventing further damage.

Children with special needs and children who have difficulty sitting for long periods of time may benefit most from this quick, preventive method.

The treatment is also recommended to stop cavities and tooth decay from worsening without the immediate need for longer, more involved dental procedures.

What are the benefits of silver diamine fluoride?

Silver diamine fluoride is:

  • Non-invasive
  • A quick treatment
  • Effective at preventing cavities
  • A way to relieve sensitivity on the teeth
  • An excellent method to stop tooth decay

Your child shouldn’t be treated with silver diamine fluoride if:

  • They’re allergic to silver
  • Their gums are raw or irritated
  • They have sores on their gums or around their mouth

If your child is experiencing tooth hypersensitivity, this treatment can help. Call or book online with Happy Smile Pediatric Dentistry to discover more.

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