Nobody enjoys going to the dentist to have a cavity drilled and filled. When you are dealing with a young child or special needs patient, using a drill can be especially challenging and can result in a lasting fear of the dentist.

The good news is that there is a non-invasive option to treat tooth decay: Silver Diamine Fluoride.

 What is Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)?

Silver Diamine Fluoride is an FDA-approved antibiotic liquid clinically applied to control active dental decay and prevent further progression of the disease.

How does SDF work?

Silver Diamine Fluoride acts as a natural antimicrobial agent that can halt the progression of cavities and even prevent them, while simultaneously strengthening the protective layer of your teeth called dentin.

How is SDF applied?

During the check-up, the dentist will brush and rinse the teeth to remove debris. The teeth are then dried, and the SDF liquid is applied with a small brush. The procedure is quick, painless, and non-invasive. This makes it a great option for pediatric patients because it does not require the use of a drill or sedation. Check out this video to see just how quick and easy it is!

What are the risks of Silver Diamine Flouride?
  • Any decayed areas will stain black, however, healthy tooth structure will not stain. Stained tooth structures can be replaced with a filling or crown. SDF may discolor dental fillings and crowns.
  • If Silver Diamine Flouride is applied to skin or gums, a harmless temporary brown or white stain may appear on the area. The stain will disappear in one to three weeks. 
  • The patient may notice a metallic taste after an application. This will go away rapidly.
When is Silver Diamine Fluoride recommended?

Every patient’s needs are different, and not all cavities can be treated with SDF, this treatment can be a great alternative for:

  • Children
  • Elderly
  • Special needs patients
  • Patients with multiple cavities that may not all be treated in one visit
  • Patients with dental anxiety that want to dodge the drill.

Silver Diamine Fluoride is a safe, effective treatment for cavities that stops tooth decay without traditional drilling or sedation dentistry.  We perform this procedure several times a week at our practice.

For more information about this treatment or to schedule an appointment, contact us here or call our experienced and friendly staff at Apple Valley Dental Group. 540-635-2493

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We uphold standards of excellence and personalized dental care, enabling us to provide the quality dental services our patients deserve. We strive to provide  We strive to provide “dental health care” vs. “disease care”, taking into account all aspects of your oral health and how they relate to each other.

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For your convenience, we accept cash, personal checks, money orders, Visa, Mastercard, Discover and Care credit*. Payment is expected at the time services are performed. We do accept Care Credit and will do our best to help you maximize your insurance benefits.

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The team at Apple Valley Dental Group work collaboratively with the goal to deliver the best possible dental service to our patients, provide them with complete, honest, and proactive oral health information, and clarify any questions and uncertainty that sometimes accompany complex dental issues.

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Apple Valley Dental Group
869 John Marshall Highway
Front Royal, VA 22630

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Monday8:00am - 1:00pm
2:00pm - 5:00pm
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2:00pm - 5:00pm
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