This session will demonstrate the current evidence on the effectiveness of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) as a safe and affordable caries arresting and preventive agent. SDF can be used as a comprehensive caries management program. Systematic reviews have demonstrated that SDF is effective for caries arrest on cavitated lesions in primary and permanent teeth and root caries in the elderly. It may also prevent new lesions. This session will present the indications and contraindications for its use. Next, the discussion will center on the easy and noninvasive steps on how to apply it. Although it stains the lesions dark as it arrests them, it provides clinicians with an additional tool for caries management when esthetics are not a primary concern.
Upon course completion, you will:
- List 2 indications and contraindications for SDF.
- Describe the steps to placing SDF.
- Describe what contributes to the success and failures of SDF.
Lance Kisby DMD, FASDC, FAAPD, MAGD
Dr. Kisby is a graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and did his Pediatric Dental training at Floating Hospital in Boston. He was in private practice for 17 years in Massachusetts before taking a position as Chief of Pediatric Dentistry at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, Connecticut. He became Chief of Pediatric Dentistry and Program director of the Pediatric Dental Residency he created at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA, and then Division Chief of Pediatric Dentistry and Program Director of the Pediatric Dental Residency at A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Delaware. He is Board Certified in Pediatric Dentistry, the author of numerous articles, a contributing author of a Pediatric Dental textbook, a contributing author for a textbook on Cerebral Palsy and a former Contributing Editor for the Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Kisby now practices in Lac du Flambeau, WI and brings over 45 years of clinical, practical, and teaching experience on many topics and issues in Pediatric Dentistry.