Silver Modified Atraumatic Response Technique (SMART) involves applying SDF (Silver Diamine Fluoride) and a Glass Ionomer Composite (GIC) to stop the progression of a cavity without needing to drill the tooth or apply anesthesia. With it, tooth structure is preserved.
If SMART is the right procedure for your child, there are some compelling benefits to it:
SDF and GIC are painted directly on the cavity and will create no discomfort or pain.
The technique doesn’t require any drilling, so the tooth remains perfectly intact.
The entire procedure can be done in just a few, painless minutes!
SMART is a great option especially for smaller children who have a difficult time sitting still for more complex procedures. The process is usually over in a matter of minutes, with no discomfort for the child.
The cavity is gently brushed with the SDF that will stop the growth of bacteria.
The restoration acts as a seal that prevents food and bacteria from attacking the tooth.
Monitoring the tooth just to make sure your child has a picture-perfect smile! We recommend periodic visits at least every few months to make sure the cavity has not progressed.
SMART is not a good option for all children. For example, if the cavity is large and has already reached the nerve, then the child will need a filling instead.
We will recommend the best option based on your child’s specific dental issues. During our first appointment, we will examine your child’s tooth or cavity to assess its size and whether SMART is the right approach.