Rebecca Testa Pediatric Dentistry

Conservative Treatment

A Positive Dental Experience

Our priority is to make your child feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. One way to achieve this is to use conservative, minimally invasive techniques whenever appropriate.
Traditional treatment of a cavity involves numbing the tooth, removing decay, and placing material to restore the tooth. This process can be difficult for some children to tolerate. However, there are other approaches available to address many cavities. One option is the use of Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF).

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Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)

Unfortunately, tooth decay is the most common preventable childhood disease. Traditional methods of treating minor cavities in primary (baby) teeth typically involve drilling out the affected area and using various materials to fill the cavity. Even with the gentlest of care, some level of pain or discomfort may be experienced. Our office seeks to provide conservative and gentle treatment wherever possible, and Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) allows us to do this.

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What is SDF Treatment?

SDF is a blue antimicrobial liquid used to fight tooth cavities in children. This liquid contains fluoride and silver ions, and when it’s brushed onto cavities, it kills bacteria, stopping tooth decay. SDF is FDA approved.

Why SDF?

While there are other methods of treating cavities in children, SDF is preferable because it is a quick and easy process that involves no pain or discomfort as there’s no need for the injection of an anesthetic. For over 80% of smaller cavities, we encounter, SDF is the only treatment required. For larger cavities in younger children, SDF keeps cavities from progressing until other treatment options may be considered that would offer more permanent results. Finally, SDF helps to remineralize the natural tooth structure.

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How is the Treatment Performed?

The entire process does not exceed two minutes in our rooms. One of our experienced staff members uses a brush dipped in SDF to paint the cavity. The silver in the liquid then gets to work, killing all the bacteria present, while the fluoride works to remineralize the tooth.

Important Notes

We work with your best interests in mind and ask that you inform us if your child has any of the following to help us make an informed decision about their treatment: sores or ulcers in their mouth, silver allergy, any other health conditions

Minimally Invasive SMART Hall Crown Technique

This revolutionary dental treatment is quick, painless, simple, and effective, with high levels of evidence. Most importantly, it can help young or fearful patients, (such as children and special needs patients) avoid shots, drills, sedation and/or general anesthesia (GA) for dental work to treat their cavities. This treatment is standard of care in the UK, with its origins in Scotland more than a decade ago. The Hall technique is not well known or widely practiced in the US, though we hope that is changing as awareness and adoption of minimally invasive treatment options increase.

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Why Rebecca Testa Pediatric Dentistry?

With our silver diamine fluoride treatment, we can treat your child with no discomfort or pain – providing the most positive dental experience possible. After SDF treatment, we will work with you on a plan for maintaining your child’s oral health to prevent more cavities from forming. Call or schedule an appointment today to start your journey to positive oral health for your child or children!