Reverse decay, restore oral health with safe and effective Silver Diamine Fluoride treatment in Maryville, TN

According to the state Department of Health, the prevalence of tooth decay among Tennessee children has declined by 75% since community water fluoridation was first introduced in the 1950s. Fluoride is a safe, proven, and effective way to keep you or your child’s smile healthy and attractive. At Proffitt Dentistry in Maryville, TN, we offer convenient Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) treatment to our patients throughout East Tennessee — in Knoxville, Gatlinburg, Seymour, Tellico, Alcoa, Vonore, Lenoir City, Madisonville, and the surrounding area. 

Basics about SDF

SDF is a twist on fluoride, which is a naturally occurring, cavity-fighting mineral. Dr. Proffitt may apply this antibacterial solution as a form of fluoride supplementation. It is an appropriate and safe complement to products such as fluoride-containing toothpaste among patients at heightened risk of developing cavities or who have active decay. The fluoride is formulated in SDF to do what it does best: remineralize or build up a tooth’s protective enamel. The product is also designed with silver particles, which kill harmful germs. Water and ammonia serve as a base and retain the effectiveness of the active ingredients within this mixture, respectively.

What to expect

During a routine check-up, Dr. Proffitt can easily and quickly apply SDF to the damaged areas of the teeth. He’ll brush the liquid on teeth surfaces that have been isolated and are clean and dry. All it takes is a small drop of SDF to work its magic. After this decay-fighter is applied, it is dried, and then the treated areas are rinsed with water. That’s it! Teeth are well-protected. The road to better oral health begins here, at Proffitt Dentistry, with preventive services like fluoride. Our patients also appreciate that SDF is: 

  • Safe for children and adolescent patients of all ages
  • Minimally invasive 
  • So well tolerated – no anesthetic is needed for comfort
  • Eases sensitivity and discomfort associated with damage to tooth enamel
  • Highly targeted alternative to topical fluorides that do not isolate and treat damaged areas specifically
  • Well-established product; has been used for more than 80 years!

Put the brakes on devastating tooth decay. Contact us today at (865) 432-0804 to schedule an appointment. Better yet, we look forward to meeting your family long before symptoms of decay are present! Why treat, after all, when you can prevent?