SMART (Silver Modifies Atraumatic Restorative Technique)
What Is Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)?
Made only of fluoride, silver, ammonia, and wate; SDF is a painless liquid treatment for individual teeth. Placed directly onto a cavity, it will act quickly to help halt the spread of decay and prevent further damage to the tooth. It can also be used as a preventive measure against future cavities and it works well on reducing sensitivity on teeth
It’s important to keep in mind that SDF will blacken and discolor parts of the tooth (where the decay is). SDF treatment can be an easy and non-invasive way to delay tooth decay while your young child is still growing and devleoping
Ideal for Young and Special Needs Children
Because SDF is so easy to apply, it’s often recommended for very young children and/or for children with developmental disabilities. Unlike a standard cavity filling, SDF requires no anesthetic or drilling, making it perfect for children who have a hard time sitting still.
Here are a few of the main advantages to using silver diamine fluoride:
Kills the bacteria causing decay
Halts the spread of tooth decay
Easy and pain-free procedure
ITR (interim therapeutic restorations)