Skip to content

Silver Diamine Flouride Barrington

mother with daughterKeeping your pearly whites cavity-free is always optimal, and one way to safeguard your smile is with Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF). This revolutionary dental treatment has been used for decades in countries like Japan, China, and Australia.

In 2014, it was first introduced to the United States and has gained popularity due to its effectiveness in preventing tooth decay and treating cavities. SDF is made up of silver ions, fluoride ions, and ammonia and is applied to the affected tooth surface.

How Does It Work?

This type of fluoride works by killing bacteria that cause decay and strengthening the remaining healthy tooth structure at the same time. This minimally invasive treatment has proven to be a game changer in dentistry, especially for treating young children who may be unable to tolerate traditional drilling and filling procedures.

What Are the Primary Benefits?

Here are some of the main advantages of SDF:

  • Low toxicity
  • Quick
  • Painless
  • Can stop tooth decay
  • Non-invasive
  • Affordable
  • Can help prevent recurrent decay

This fluoride is also a great option for individuals who are at high risk for developing cavities or have difficulty maintaining good oral hygiene. With its strong track record of success and growing popularity in the dental community, SDF is proving to be an invaluable tool in fighting tooth decay and preserving oral health.

No Shots of Local Anesthetic Needed

Unlike a traditional filling that requires shots of local anesthetic and noisy drilling of tooth structure, SDF is non-invasive and much more comfortable for patients. It is a liquid that is simply brushed onto the cavity that can stop current decay and also prevent new decay in the future.

What Are the Cons?

There are some downsides to SDF, with a major one being that it permanently stains cavities black. Luckily, it only stains the actual decay and not the entire tooth, but the stains could be an aesthetic concern for some.

This type of fluoride also does not restore tooth form or function, so large holes that trap food may still eventually require a SMART filling (the application of SDF followed by the placement of a Glass Ionomer Composite) or traditional restorations. SDF also requires repeat application for maximum effectiveness, and it cannot be used in the presence of infection or decay in the nerve.

Learn More Today

To find out more about SDF and how it could benefit you or your child, contact Hart Dental today.



Silver Diamine Flouride Barrington, North Barrington, South Barrington and Barrington Hills IL | (847) 865-4278