Palm Valley Pediatric Dentistry practices in Goodyear and Surprise Arizona have recently introduced the use of Silver Diamine Fluoride in our pediatric patients, preventing cavities, and stopping the advancement of tooth decay.
Silver Diamine Fluoride is basically a medical treatment of active caries. The application of the solution stops the progression of caries. Many countries around the world have used this treatment successfully for many years, especially in Japan for over eight decades now. Studies show a low level of side effects. Most side effects are aesthetic, such as staining the teeth in a darker color. In most cases the tooth color turns dark brown.
It's a new paradigm in pediatric dentistry which focuses on positive experience for the children. Less invasive procedure are prioritized, Don't drill the tooth but instead arrest (stop) the decay by using Silver Diamine Fluoride. Cavities, after all, is an infection decease, and Silver Diamine Fluoride works best as bacterial killer.
What is the difference between regular Fluoride Varnish and Silver Diamine Fluoride. As a gold standard in Pediatric Dentistry, most offices these days use fluoride varnish to remineralise the tooth enamel and arrest carries. Fluoride varnish reduces demineralization of both coronal and root structures. Silver Diamine Fluoride on the other hand is as highly effective as fluoride varnish, but also adds and additional benefits as bacterial disinfection.
In addition to avoiding drilling, the Silver Diamine Fluoride application is very short and simple to use. A few drops of Silver Diamine Fluoride solution will be enough to treat caries.