Congratulations on taking the first step towards healthier teeth with SDF treatment! We understand you may have questions, so here are answers to some common questions following this procedure:
Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is a fantastic treatment that helps prevent tooth decay and stop existing cavities from getting worse. We recommended it to you because it’s a non-invasive, painless, and highly effective in arresting decay/cavities in your teeth.
Expect your teeth to have a slight metallic taste – don’t worry; it’s temporary and non toxic! Avoid eating or drinking for at least an hour after the treatment to let the SDF work its magic. In some cases, with teeth with extensive decay the treated area of the tooth may darken.
If your tooth turns black after Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) treatment, don’t panic; it’s a common side effect. This black discoloration occurs due to the silver component in the SDF solution. Here’s why:
In summary, the black discoloration of a tooth after SDF treatment is a common and usually temporary side effect. It’s a trade-off for the benefits of preventing further decay and preserving the tooth. If you have concerns about the appearance of the treated tooth, consult with your dentist to explore potential solutions.
We generally need to repeat this procedure every 3-6 months for at least 1 year. The need for repeating Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) treatment on the same area of a tooth depends on several factors, including the extent of the initial tooth decay, how well the tooth responds to the treatment, and your overall oral health. Here are some guidelines:
Hold off on brushing for at least 4-6 hours after the treatment to let the SDF bond to your teeth. However, gentle rinsing with water is perfectly fine.
Nope, you can enjoy your favorite foods and drinks!
Absolutely! SDF won’t make your teeth sensitive to temperature changes, so you can indulge in hot soup or ice cream without worries.
Keep up your regular oral hygiene routine. Brush and floss as usual, but be gentle around the treated areas for the first few days.
You sure can! Fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash can help maintain the SDF’s protective effects. It’s like giving your teeth a double dose of defense!
Most likely, yes. Your dentist will want to check on your progress and might reapply SDF if necessary. Keep those follow-up appointments!
There might be some darkening of the treated areas, but it’s not always permanent. Remember the alternative was to drill out the infected area of the tooth and place a filling there. This is still an option for you if you would like to get rid of the dark area…just remember the fact that your tooth darked is further evidence that the SDF treatment is working 🙂
SDF can provide long-lasting protection, but it’s essential to maintain regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene for the best results. We will monitor your SDF treated tooth at every follow up appointment.