What is SDF (Silver Diamine Fluoride)?
SDF is is a colorless odorless liquid composed of silver, ammonium and fluoride ions.
How does SDF work?
Silver and fluoride are antimicrobial and can prevent or arrest dental caries, which is caused by bacteria changing the PH of the environment leading to tooth decay.
Who is a candidate for SDF?
SDF is a great option to treat carious lesions, or cavities, mainly in enamel for pediatrics or for adults in hard to reach areas, or if medical conditions limit us to minimally invasive methods. They key is to follow up and apply multiple times as recommended by your dentist
Are there any side effects?
SDF does stain the tooth where the carious lesion is present, so it is not a good option for esthetic areas.