Silver Diamine Fluoride(SDF) is a colorless liquid consisting of silver, ammonia and fluoride. Silver in the solution serves to inhibit microbe (bacterial) reproduction. Fluoride serves to promote remineralization of weakened tooth structure. It also prevents breakdown of the enamel (outer layer of tooth). With these key ingredients in the Silver Diamine Fluoride, it serves as an important option in treatment of dental decay.
It inhibits breakdown of dentin (inner layer of tooth) while increasing it’s hardness.
By reinforcing dentin and inhibiting harmful decay causing bacteria, SDF works to prevent progression of dental decay at a rapid pace.
Silver Diamine Fluoride is an interim caries-arresting medicament. It allows for delaying treatment of decay until the child is more cooperative.
Side Effects of SDF Use include but not limited to: