Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)

Silver Diamine Fluoride has been used extensively around the globe for decades.  It has been recently approved by the FDA to be utilized for tooth sensitivity but is also proven to be useful for "off-label" treating tooth decay.  This can be used to treat young children that are not able to tolerate routine restoration care. It is applied quickly and pain-free and arrests the cavity from progressing.  It can be used in cases where children are very anxious and a great option for addressing primary teeth that are near exfoliation.  It is a conservative and economical approach.  The side-effect of silver diamine fluoride is discoloration/staining.  It will cause tooth decay to turn black.  This approach is not a replacement for restoring teeth but rather an interim therapy.