4949 Westown Pkwy Suite 150
West Des Moines , IA 50266-6716
(515) 225-0066

Silver Diamine Fluoride

What if I told you that I could simply paint a liquid on your child’s teeth to help STOP THEIR DECAY at its current point and help prevent cavities from forming WITHOUT DRILLING OR INJECTIONS?  Silver diamine fluoride does just this. 

Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is a colorless liquid that is painted on cavities to help stop and prevent tooth decay.  SDF contains silver, which has been used as an antibiotic for thousands of years. 

We offer silver diamine fluoride (SDF) treatment in our office.  This exciting technique is becoming more and more popular around the world because it does not require local anesthesia injections, drilling on teeth, or sedation of any form.  It is inexpensive and very easy to apply, taking only a few minutes for the application.  This allows us to target the bacteria that are causing decay and prevent decay on other tooth surfaces. 

SDF is a great option for patients who are not ready for traditional dental treatment and are at high risk for developing more cavities.  The silver ion in SDF causes the cavity to turn from a tannish-brown color to black.  This staining is permanent on the tooth where decay is present.  Teeth that are treated with SDF can still be treated with fillings or crowns at a later date if the parent or guardian desires, when the child is more cooperative, or if esthetics are a concern.  When used on baby teeth, this treatment does not discolor affect the permanent tooth developing underneath.  This treatment is very effective, and has been shown to be more effective than other types of treatment such as fluoride varnish. 

Example of SDF treatment*. Please note that each patient is unique.


New York Times article about SDF

At Des Moines Pediatric Dental Center, we are always striving to provide the most up-to-date treatments and options for our patients!  Call us at 515-225-0066 to set up an evaluation or if you are curious to learn if this is an option for your child!

*photo from https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SDFpediatricians
Silver Diamine Fluoride Has Efficacy in Controlling Caries Progression in Primary
Teeth: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Chibinski AC, Wambier LM,
Feltrin J, Loguercio AD, Wambier DS, Reis A. Caries Res 2017;51(5):527-41.