Silver Diamine Fluoride For Kids or Elderly
Many of our patients come to our holistic dental practice because they understand the importance of whole body health as it related to dental work. Both children and the elderly can have difficulty sitting through a long dental appointment, and our Pasadena silver diamine fluoride offers exceptional benefits in these cases.
What is Silver Diamine Fluoride?
An FDA-approved product, silver diamine fluoride is an antibiotic liquid applied to control active cavities (caries) and halt further decay. It is made of two main components, fluoride and silver. The silver in the product is an effective anti-microbial agent, and has the added benefit of strengthening the natural protective coating of the affected tooth.
Controlling Tooth Decay with Silver Diamine Fluoride
The optimum way to control decay is to remove the decay and place a porcelain filling, but not all patients can undergo this treatment -- whether too young or elderly. This treatment will halt any decay forming in baby teeth, or in the teeth of older persons.
While treatment with silver diamine fluoride does not fully resolve tooth decay or make restoration work unnecessary, it is effective in helping to prevent further decay.
What are the benefits of silver diamine fluoride treatments?
Children who have cavities may not be able to sit and experience dental treatment, particularly when several teeth need fillings. The benefits of the treatment include:
- Prevents decay
- Helps with sensitive teeth
The Elderly and Silver Diamine Fluoride
Older people are far more susceptible to tooth decay. The protective barrier of teeth (dentin) has degraded, and various health conditions and diseases also affect dental and oral health. As a person ages, older dental work can fail and need to be restored. It can be exceptionally important that tooth decay is halted in the elderly, and silver diamine fluoride may be an appropriate treatment for older adults who are prone to experience ongoing tooth decay.
The ingredients in the product also work to remineralize the tooth surface and assist in reducing tooth sensitivity – important advantages. This treatment is effective in preventing and arresting the development of cavities, and is an economic way for older persons to maintain healthier teeth and gums, which in turn, helps protect against various other conditions and diseases.
Should I have silver diamine fluoride treatments?
Treatment to halt the advance of tooth decay can be of great benefit for many patients, whether very young or elderly. Children with excessive tooth decay, or children who are unable to cooperate when undergoing dental treatment, or elderly persons who need to try to keep their teeth healthier may be good candidates for silver diamine fluoride treatments.
Pasadena Silver Diamine Fluoride Treatments
At Pasadena Smile Center, we are committed to educating our patients on both the risks and rewards of any treatment, and are here to answer your questions about silver diamine fluoride treatments. No treatment is performed without your full understanding about what to expect. Our goal is to help our patients maintain healthy teeth and gums throughout life, from early childhood through the golden years. Treatment with silver diamine fluoride must be performed with great care, with the tooth being treated isolated and gum margins protected. Any silver allergy would prohibit the treatment. As holistic dentists in Pasadena, we focus on whole body health and perform every treatment with care. Contact us today for one of the best treatments of silver diamine fluoride Pasadena has to offer.