Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) has only recently become popular among the dental world in the US; however, it has been widely accepted and used for decades in other countries. An exciting option for treating caries in all patients, it is especially helpful for use in bedbound dentistry New York City dentists are offering.
Elderly patients often forego any cavity treatment at all, simply because the only option they know involves a drill and much discomfort. With this new method for treating dental caries in bedbound elderly, geriatric dentists are experiencing exciting success.
But simply stating there is a new, exciting method may not be enough for you. That’s why we seek to give you more information.
What is silver diamine fluoride?
Silver diamine fluoride is an antimicrobial liquid that is brushed onto the teeth. It comes as a clear odorless liquid, currently available in the US under the name Advantage Arrest.
How does silver diamine fluoride work?
The antimicrobial properties of this liquid work to actually kill the bacteria in the tooth that is causing the decay. Yet, it doesn’t just stop at the affected tooth; silver diamine fluoride is effective in also killing other bacteria in surrounding areas. Silver diamine fluoride should work on most areas of decay, dependant upon how deep or severe the area is in regards to decay.
What are the benefits of using silver diamine fluoride on bedbound patients?
Bedbound dentistry New York City professionals provide brings many challenges. Often, elderly patients simply do not want to go through the pain and discomfort of receiving the traditional drill-and-fill method of cavity treatment. They figure with their age, saving the tooth simply is not worth the trouble. But providing a pain-free alternative to drilling and filling a dental cary greatly increases the percentage of bedbound patients that are willing to receive treatment. Elderly patients love this pain-free alternative.
How much does silver diamine fluoride cost?
Another tremendous benefit, silver diamine fluoride actually cost less for housecall dentists in New York City to provide to their patients. Because it involves less time and no expensive equipment, this drill-free alternative is not just better for the pain threshold; it’s also better on the wallet.
If you have a loved one that has been reluctant to seek treatment for dental caries, consider offering this pain-free, low-cost alternative. Geriatric House Call Dentistry in New York City offers silver diamine fluoride for their elderly and/or bedbound patients. Call today to learn more about Dr. Alisa Kauffman at Geriatric House Call Dentistry.
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