General Restorative

Silver Diamine Fluoride

Silver Diamine Fluoride is an antimicrobial topical agent used to slow down or stop dental caries in both primary and permanent teeth.

How does it work?
Silver Diamine Fluoride is composed of two primary components: silver and fluoride. Silver acts as an antimicrobial agent that simultaneously strengthens the underlying protective layer of your teeth called dentin. Fluoride is the active ingredient that causes remineralization to occur.

When is Silver Diamine Fluoride recommended?
Silver Diamine Fluoride is used to stop the progress of advanced tooth decay and harden the tooth structure that has been softened by decay. It is recommended, but not limited to the following:

  • Patients with excessive amount of decay
  • Special Needs Patients
  • Elderly Patients
  • Children

What are the risks, side effects, and other considerations?
Silver Diamine Fluoride is not considered to be a risky procedure. However, it will cause the tooth structure affected by the decay to turn dark. It is used when decay occurs in an area difficult to access for treatment. There is always a chance the decay may progress, in which case a crown, filling, root canal or extraction may be recommended.

Lake Dental
Dr. Burbank
11 Professionals Circle
Seneca, SC 29678

Dental General Restorative Health

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay, which is also called dental cavities, or dental caries, is the destruction of the outer surface (enamel) of a tooth. When the disease of tooth decay becomes established in someone’s mouth it becomes very important to interrupt the process that causes it.

What causes tooth decay?
Bacteria live in our mouths and build up on the teeth in a sticky film called dental plaque. When we eat or drink sugary food or beverages, these bacteria create acids, which can cause a cavity. Decay begins in the main portion of the tooth (the enamel) and as the enamel is broken down the decay can go deeper into the dentin and can eventually reach the nerve (pulp) of the tooth.

How to avoid cavities?
Of all disease affecting humans beings, tooth decay is one of the most destructive. It is also very simple to prevent. Below is a list of changes you can make to prevent future cavities.

  • Modify Your Diet
    • It’s very important to drastically reduce the amount of sugar in your diet, particularly, sugary drinks and juices. Try to substitute with water or sugar-free drinks. Eating foods low in sugar is best for your overall health, and your teeth.
  • Make home care a Priority
    • Floss daily and brush thoroughly twice daily, making sure to really clean the teeth.
    • Brushing daily with prescription strength fluoride toothpaste, such as Clin-Pro, can be very helpful to make the teeth harder and more resistant to decay.
  • Restoring Cavities
    • Visit your dentist as soon as possible for any restorative work, such as fillings or crowns.
      See your hygienist a minimum of twice a year for cleanings and check-ups.

Lake Dental
Dr. Burbank
11 Professionals Circle
Seneca, SC 29678