On August 30, 2018, Dr. Michael Helgeson and Dr. Ryan Quock presented an Oral Health America webinar on how Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF), recently FDA approved, can arrest carious lesions without the need for anesthesia or excavation. Attendees gained an understanding of how SDF can stabilize a tooth as part of a continuum of care to restore form and function with a variety of dental restorative materials.
SDF offers a disease management and minimally invasive approach of value for patients whose dental treatment options are limited by co-morbidities, ability to tolerate invasive procedures, financial circumstances, or other access to care barriers. Dr. Quock’s scholarly interests include the practical aspects of caries management including fluoride therapies and the conservative surgical treatment of dental caries. Apple Tree Dental has implemented the use of SDF in its outpatient clinics and, with funding from the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation, in long-term care facilities.
This presentation provides an overview of the science, current research, and describe Apple Tree’s practical experiences in the use of SDF with children, older adults, people with special needs and other patients.
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