Silver Diamine Fluoride

Kid patient open mouth showing cavities

When a cavity is small to moderate sized and not near the nerve of a tooth, or causing pain or infection, a product called Silver Diamine Fluoride can be applied to the cavity. This product may require multiple applications over time and can kill the bacteria causing the cavity and has the potential to stop the cavity from growing. Silver diamine Fluoride will cause severe staining on a tooth and cause the areas and possibly adjacent areas to turn black permanently. This treatment option is not ideal and is reserved for children with medical issues or extenuating circumstances that do not allow them to undergo conventional dental treatment.