A Novel Solution

Sponsored by SDI (North America) Inc.

SDI’s Riva Star is a two-step process silver diamine fluoride (SDF) and potassium iodide (KI) desensitizer.

Periodontal disease affects over 50 percent of adults 30 years and older, according to research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Because genetics often play a role in periodontal disease, however, some patients mistakenly believe there is little they can do to control it. But, that’s not so, notes Amy Miller, RDH, business development manager, SDI (North America), Inc. Flossing, brushing with a sonic or electric toothbrush, the use of a water flosser and improved nutrition all can help slow down or reverse the disease. “Patients have many options for addressing periodontal disease,” she points out. “It’s important that they work with the entire dental team, from the periodontist to the hygienist and general dentist, to explore the oral antibiotics and mechanical tools available to them. In turn, the dental team should conduct a thorough risk assessment.”

Riva Star: A patented two-step process
Scaling and Root planning – or the process whereby bacteria and tartar are removed from the tooth surfaces and beneath the gums – are common means for limiting periodontal disease. At the same time, periodontal disease can exacerbate tooth sensitivity, making the process more difficult for both the hygienist and the patient. “When the hygienist removes bacteria from the tooth surface, the surrounding tissue shrinks, exposing new and potentially sensitive dentin,” Miller explains. Dentin is sensitive to hot, cold and pressure, and in some cases, patients require anesthesia or nitrous oxide to help them make it through the cleaning process, she says.

SDI’s Riva Star, a next-generation, two-step silver diamine fluoride desensitizer is FDA-approved for use in the United States with the same indication as fluoride varnish, giving patients a novel solution to address their tooth sensitivity with immediate relief and over two years of desensitizing results. Riva Star’s key ingredients include silver fluoride (a silver capsule), which has known antibacterial properties, and potassium iodide (a green capsule), designed to bind silver ions and help avoid darkening around active cavities or decalcification. Both properties treat sensitive areas for up to five teeth. “Not only is Riva Star indicated for post-operative periodontal surgery and hygiene appointments, it’s also great for pre-hygiene for all sensitive and exposed root surfaces,” says Miller. “It is a great insurance policy to be applied by dentists after surgery, before the patient’s anesthesia has worn off.”

Riva Star is a game-changer for all dental practices, including pediatric practices, Miller continues. “Clinicians should consider how many times each day they see patients with exposed root surfaces and sensitivity, preventing them from providing adequate treatment,” she says. “Riva Star is cost-effective, non-invasive and addresses sensitivity with other antibacterial properties. And when used according to the manufacturer’s directions, and the second step (potassium iodide) is applied, any darkening around an active cavity or de-calcification will be mitigated.”

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