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Preventive & restorative pediatric dental services
General anesthesia and minimally invasive cavity treatment
Spanish speaking pediatric dentist & staff
Pediatric special needs dentist in Santa Maria accepting Denti-Cal
A gentle cavity treatment for kids
If you think your child might have cavities, don’t worry – we’ve got a great way to help their smile get better. One of our favorite Santa Maria cavity treatments is Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF), an efficient and non-invasive approach for cavity treatment and decay prevention, suitable for baby teeth.
Silver Diamine Fluoride is a topical liquid solution applied directly to your child’s tooth surface. It eliminates the need for needles or drills, making it a perfect choice for children who may find it challenging to sit still during dental procedures. The SDF solution contains fluoride to strengthen tooth enamel and combat bacteria, as well as silver to both treat and prevent decay.
At Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry, we understand the importance of repairing and taking care of those decayed baby teeth. Request an appointment today to discover firsthand the lasting benefits of SDF!
Benefits of silver diamine fluoride
- Non-invasive: SDF is a non-invasive treatment, which means it doesn’t require drilling or shots, making it an excellent choice for individuals who may be anxious about dental procedures, particularly children.
- Quick and painless: The application of SDF is a quick and painless process, saving time and reducing discomfort for patients.
- Effective decay treatment: SDF can effectively stop the progression of tooth decay. It works by killing the bacteria responsible for causing cavities and hardening the tooth structure.
- Preventative action: SDF can be used to prevent new cavities from forming, especially in high-risk areas of the mouth.
- Cost-effective: SDF is often more cost-effective compared to traditional restorative treatments like fillings or crowns.
Hear from our patients
A really amazing experience! Dr. Pederson was so nice and welcoming. I am definitely excited to bring my kids back here in 6 months! Thank you Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry!
– Jasmine V.
What to expect during your kid’s SDF cavity treatment appointment
- Cleaning: We will start by gently cleaning the affected area to remove any debris and plaque.
- Isolation: Our dentist will isolate the treatment area to safeguard the surrounding tissues and ensure a precise application.
- Application: Using a small brush, we’ll apply the Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) to the affected area, which is a quick and straightforward process.
- Follow-up: A few weeks later, we’ll schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure that everything is progressing as expected and to address any concerns.
Rest assured, we’re here to make the process as comfortable and effective as possible for your child’s dental health.
SDF cavity treatment FAQs
Is Silver Diamine Fluoride safe for my child's teeth?
Yes, SDF is considered safe for treating tooth decay in children. It is non-invasive and doesn’t require drilling or anesthesia, making it a suitable option for pediatric dental care.
How often should SDF treatments be applied?
The frequency of SDF applications can vary based on the patient’s needs. In some cases, a single application may suffice, while others may require periodic reapplication, typically once a year, to ensure continued protection against cavities.
Are there any side effects or limitations to SDF treatment?
Silver Diamine Fluoride may darken the treated area, turning it black or brown. This is a cosmetic change and not a health risk. Additionally, SDF may not be suitable for deep cavities or certain dental situations, and your dentist will assess your child’s unique needs.
Denti-Cal & most insurance accepted
We are in network with most PPO dental insurances, and are the only local pediatric dental specialist accepting Denti-Cal. Not sure if your specific plan is accepted? Contact us today for a complimentary benefits check.
No insurance? We’ve got you covered.
We offer an in-house discount plan and payment plans to help you afford care.
Our in-house discount plan includes:
- 2 comprehensive exams and cleanings per year, including any needed x-rays
- Discounts on any needed treatment
All Families Welcome
At Mariposa Pediatric Dentistry, we’re proud to offer a comfortable dentistry experience to all families in our community.
We offer a full range of restorative and preventive services in a comforting and encouraging environment. At your child’s appointment, we’ll provide an update on their oral health and fill you in on any recommended treatments, including cavity treatments.
You can trust Dr. Pedersen to provide a comfortable and encouraging oral health experience.
Monday - Thursday: 8am - 4pm
Friday: 8am - 12pm
Saturday - Sunday: Closed