Silver diamine fluoride is a liquid that your dentist can apply to teeth as a temporary filling material or therapeutic treatment in dentistry. This treatment option has been used for decades and has proven to be very effective at preventing tooth decay, stopping cavities from forming and saving teeth that are infected in the earliest stages. It hardens quickly and provides a seal against bacteria until it is removed by your dentist. It is primarily used to seal off the area where decay is taking place inside the tooth. When a cavity is near the inner portion of the tooth, conventional fillings may not be enough to fully protect the tooth and prevent further infections. For a more permanent option, the silver diamine fluoride is used to protect the tooth.
In areas where the decay has not yet spread deep into the tooth’s natural structure, a silver diamine fluoride filling can be used to keep the tooth intact until your next appointment. However, if the decay has already progressed into the dentin, the tooth will require more extensive treatment than a filling can provide.
Silver diamine fluoride has been used to harden teeth and prevent cavities for over five decades. It is typically applied following a professional cleaning, and can help to protect your enamel from developing cavities. It can also effectively reverse early signs of decay that have already started to develop, protecting your smile before further harm is done. However, it’s important to understand that this tooth-colored solution isn’t a substitute for proper oral hygiene at home. It’s most effective when paired with routine brushing and flossing, regular check-ups and professional cleanings. This helps to ensure that the cavity-preventing benefits of silver diamine fluoride are maximized, and keeps your smile healthy and protected.
This treatment can also be used to restore areas of early tooth decay. When a treatment plan is developed with your dentist, they may choose to apply silver diamine fluoride in addition to other restorative treatments to help strengthen your teeth and protect them against future damage.
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