Update: Benefit Addition for Silver Diamine Fluoride
Beginning January 1, 2017, Delta Dental of Wisconsin will be adding coverage to all group policies for silver diamine fluoride (CDT code D1354 Interim Caries Arresting Medicament Application). Silver diamine fluoride is an antimicrobial liquid that can be brushed on cavities to slow or stop the tooth decay process, painlessly.
The benefit for CDT D1354 will follow the group policies’ preventive coverage percentage and will cover two applications per year. The additional benefits will be applied to all group contracts at the beginning of 2017 regardless of contract renewal date at no additional cost.
Nearly a quarter of two- to five-year-olds have cavities. A small subset with severe cavities must be treated in a hospital under general anesthesia. Silver diamine fluoride helps children and their parents by providing another option for managing tooth decay and possibly avoiding sedation. The treatment may also benefit the frail and elderly, especially those needing transport for dental care.
Delta Dental of Wisconsin is currently involved in two studies further researching the use of silver diamine fluoride. The first study with the University of Michigan is addressing the affordability, ease of use, and both patient/parent and provider acceptance, in addition to clinical success rates when compared to conventional restorations. The second study with the University of Iowa is investigating conventional caries management of Amish children ages two to seven, compared to silver nitrate management of caries. Stay tuned for study conclusions at a later date.
For questions about silver diamine fluoride benefits, contact Kim Christophersen at Kim.Christophersen@deltadentalwi.com or 715-343-7669.
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