Silver Diamine Fluoride
Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) – a minimally invasive treatment option that can be used to reverse and arrest the cariogenic process.
SDF is a highly effective and affordable treatment option for dental caries, particularly for young children who have multiple cavities, cannot sit still for prolonged periods of time or are very anxious about seeing the dentist or getting anesthetic.
Break Through Research
Stop tooth decay at an earlier stage. SDF was awarded the Breakthrough Therapy Designation by the US FDA and is thee only oral care medicine to ever receive that designation.
Silver Diamine Fluoride
Parents and dentists have been anxiously awaiting a technological breakthrough that could address dental caries (cavities) in teeth without using non-traditional techniques, such as numbing the area using local anesthetic, removing the decay and filling the space with a composite restoration. Welcome Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) – a minimally invasive treatment option that can be used to reverse and arrest the cariogenic process.
How Does It Work?
Application of SDF results in a layer of dentin where the tubules are plugged, making teeth more resistant to heat and cold sensitivities. Where caries is present, the silver and fluoride ions act to penetrate the enamel and dentin and form a protective barrier that increases tooth resistance to acid dissolution. The silver ions have an antimicrobial effect and combat bacteria in tooth lesions by breaking down the membranes and thereby, promoting re-acidification, while the fluoride helps tooth remineralization.
How can Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) help you?
SDF is a highly effective and affordable treatment option for dental caries, particularly for young children who have multiple cavities, cannot sit still for prolonged periods of time or are very anxious about seeing the dentist or getting anesthetic. SDF is also an alternative treatment option for patients with development disabilities who find traditional dental restoration techniques very difficult.
SDF is very simple to apply and takes very little time to administer. However, this treatment option has the one downside of discoloring the treated area. Call us to book an appointment to discuss this excellent caries treatment alternative.
In fact, SDF addresses the significant public health issue of untreated dental caries. It becomes a highly effective, non-invasive and low cost caries treatment, especially to avoid general anesthesia for kids with multiple caries, for undeserved populations lacking access to restorative dental services, for patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and for every person wanting to avoid the anxiety and consequences of dental restorations.
Arresting tooth decay at an earlier stage is so important that SDF was awarded the Breakthrough Therapy Designation by the US FDA, a classification that accelerates the approval process of drugs that treat life-threatening diseases where there are no therapies available. In fact, it is the only oral care medicine to ever receive that designation.
SDF’s mechanism of action is really simple: the fluoride prevents further demineralization, the silver provides the antimicrobial and protective effect, while the ammonia stabilizes the formula. It is ideal for root caries, to secure margins of posterior restorations, under a restoration as a liner and to save existing restorations.
At the centre of this buzz was Steve Pardue, co-founder of Elevate Oral Care, who provided the presentation during the 2 days of the conference. “SDF was not just another new product on the exhibit hall, it’s one of those technologies that come once in a while during a decade and completely changes the game. I really felt it while presenting and answering the many questions of the crowd. I am also extremely happy about how fast the word is spreading into the dental community and how well all types of dental professionals, regulatory bodies and dental media are reacting to the arrival of SDF in Canada.”
“We are proud of offering an innovation that was long awaited in Canada. SDF will create a true paradigm shift in caries management. It also becomes a major pillar of our Minimally Invasive Approach to Treating Dental Caries, which can be offered to dental offices, study clubs and oral hygiene schools by our team of consultant and dental professionals“, commented Daniel Menard, CEO and co-founder of Oral Science.