What are the Downsides to Silver Diamine Fluoride?
For some patients, the discoloration properties of SDF are a downside. Silver diamine fluoride stains decay similar to a silver filling. As a result, some parents opt not to use SDF if front teeth, or other highly visible teeth, are involved. Others, though, view this staining of primary teeth acceptable to stop the decay. After all, it avoids the drill and the baby teeth will eventually be replaced with non-stained adult teeth! If the tooth is a permanent tooth, though, the staining will remain for the life of the tooth.
How Do I Know if My Child’s Tooth Decay Can Be Treated with SDF?
In order to determine if SDF treatment is right for your child, a dentist needs to asses your child’s situation. For instance, at Great Beginnings, Dr. Laura or Dr. Rachel will take digital x-rays to determine the severity of the decay. In addition, they will take into consideration when the affected baby tooth is expected to fall out. Finally, they will consider the location of the decay, along with the parent’s feelings about the staining SDF causes. In short, your child needs a dental exam and consultation to see if SDF is the right treatment for their situation.