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AvoidImplantFailurebyWatchingOutforTheseMouthProblems

There are several reasons why dental implants are so popular. Perhaps the most important, though, is their longevity: if maintained properly implants can last for decades. However, they’re not indestructible—certain mouth conditions could put them at risk for early failure. But if you address emerging problems early, you may be able to prevent that unfortunate outcome.

Your implants may be in danger, for example, if you have a teeth grinding or clenching habit. This occurs when a person involuntarily and repeatedly bites down on their teeth when not chewing or speaking. Usually triggered in adults by high stress, teeth grinding can subject both natural teeth and implants to damaging levels of force. Over time this can cause bone loss around an implant and weaken their support. It could also cause a direct break in an implant.

But there are ways to stop or at least reduce the effects of teeth grinding. One effective way is a custom-made bite guard you wear while you sleep. Made of hard plastic, the guard prevents the teeth from making solid contact with each other, reducing the amount of force generated.

A more prominent problem is periodontal (gum) disease, a bacterial infection caused by built-up dental plaque on tooth surfaces. This can trigger inflammation, a normal defensive response that when it persists for an extended period of time can damage tissues and supporting bone. It can also cause a specific form of gum disease related to implants called peri-implantitis, in which the tissues that support an implant become infected and weaken, leading eventually to possible implant failure.

If you have implants, then, you should brush and floss daily to prevent gum disease, as well as see your dentist at least every six months for cleanings and checkups. And if you notice anything like reddened, swollen or bleeding gums, see your dentist immediately. The sooner you undergo treatment, the better the outcome for your implants as well as your overall health.

Dental implants can give you years of great service and can prove to be well worth the cost. But you’ll have to stay on your guard against gum disease and other mouth conditions that could endanger them down the road.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants: A Tooth-Replacement Method that Rarely Fails.”

By Golden Dental
October 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Have you experienced tooth loss? One of the largest consequences to losing a tooth is how it can lead to the deterioration of your jawbone. To offset this destructive effect, dental experts have long been using dental implants as a reinforcement, and your dentist in Lancaster, CA, Dr. Roland Markarian, knows firsthand both how beneficial this procedure can be and how to perform it. If you are interested in getting a dental implant, here's what you need to know about the process:

Dental Implant Procedure

A local anesthetic is applied to the area that will undergo the procedure. Your dentist will then remove any decayed tooth that may be remaining and insert a titanium post into the jawbone. The titanium post acts as the new tooth root and is biocompatible, so there is no worry of tissue rejection. The doctor will then surgically close the area and allow it to heal for a period of 3 to 6 months while osseointegration takes its full course (this is the process where titanium fuses to the jawbone to provide reinforcement). When you return, your Lancaster dentist will re-open the area, insert an abutment, and place a crown over the abutment that matches the rest of your teeth.

Advantages of Dental Implants

  • They anchor dentures.
  • They fill gaps in your teeth.
  • They look natural and give you a beautiful smile.
  • At 95 percent, implants have a high success rate.
  • You won't have to worry about being able to bite into and chew your favorite foods.
  • They don't slip out of place like dentures, which makes them comfortable and practical.
  • They provide your jawbone with the support it needs so that it doesn't shrink.

Caring for Dental Implants

  • Get professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months
  • Use fluoride-containing products like toothpaste and mouthwash to prevent gum disease and tooth decay
  • Brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day
  • Floss at least once before bed

Contact Us Today!

If you have questions or concerns, Dr. Roland Markarian can help you out. Call (661) 948-8100 in Lancaster, CA, to make an appoint today!

TheremaybemoretothatToothachethatSuddenlyStopsAching

If a pain you’ve been feeling goes away, you might believe the problem that caused it is gone too. But that doesn’t mean it has, especially with a tooth. An excruciating toothache that suddenly stops should still be examined. Here’s why.

Tooth decay often works its way into a tooth’s innermost layer, the pulp, which contains bundles of nerves and other tissue. The infection attacks the nerves, which send pain signals to the brain. As the infection persists, though, the nerves will eventually die and will no longer be capable of sending pain signals — hence the “mysterious” end of your toothache.

Although the pain has stopped, the infection is very much active in the tooth and will continue to work its way through the root canals to the jaw. And ultimately, the pain will return as the infection invades the bone.

But there’s good news: a tooth in this condition can be saved with a procedure known as root canal therapy. We drill a small hole in the tooth to access the pulp, usually through the biting surface of back teeth or in the rear in front teeth. Once inside the pulp chamber, we clean out the infected and dead tissue. We then fill the empty pulp chamber and the root canals with a special filling and seal the access hole. In a few weeks the tooth receives a life-like crown to further protect it from re-infection and fracture years later.

A straightforward root canal treatment can be performed by a general dentist. If there are complications like a complex root canal network, however, then the skills and specialized equipment of an endodontist (a specialist in root canals) may be needed.

A root canal treatment resolves the real cause of a toothache that suddenly stopped, as well as puts an end to future pain and infection related to the tooth. More importantly, it can save your tooth and add many more years to its life.

If you would like more information on tooth pain, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Severe Toothache.”

By Golden Dental
August 12, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
WhattodoifYourChildhasaToothache

When your child says they have a toothache, should you see your dentist? In most cases, the answer is yes.

And for good reason: their “toothache” could be a sign of a serious condition like tooth decay or a localized area of infection called an abscess, which could adversely affect their long-term dental health. The best way to know for sure –and to know what treatment will be necessary—is through a dental exam.

So, how quickly should you make the appointment? You can usually wait until morning if the pain has persisted for a day or through the night—most toothaches don’t constitute an emergency. One exception, though, is if the child has accompanying fever or facial swelling: in those cases you should call your dentist immediately or, if unavailable, visit an emergency room.

In the meantime, you can do a little detective work to share with the dentist at the appointment. Ask your child exactly where in their mouth they feel the pain and if they remember when it started. Look at that part of the mouth—you may be able to see brown spots on the teeth or obvious cavities indicative of decay, or reddened, swollen gums caused by an abscess. Also ask them if they remember getting hit in the mouth, which may mean their pain is the result of trauma and not disease.

You can also look for one other possible cause: a piece of candy, popcorn or other hard object wedged between the teeth putting painful pressure on the gums. Try gently flossing the teeth to see if anything dislodges. If so, the pain may alleviate quickly if the wedged object was the cause.

Speaking of pain, you can try to ease it before the dental appointment with ibuprofen or acetaminophen in appropriate doses for the child’s age. A chilled cloth or ice pack (no direct ice on skin) applied to the outside of the jaw may also help.

Seeing the dentist for any tooth pain is always a good idea. By paying prompt attention to this particular “call for help” from the body could stop a painful situation from getting worse.

If you would like more information on dental care for children, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Child’s Toothache: Have a Dental Exam to Figure out the Real Cause.”

By Golden Dental
August 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Dental CrownsWhat your dentist in Lancaster wants you to know about dental crowns

If your smile is breaking down due to damaged teeth or large, old, crumbly fillings, it’s time to think about restoring your smile. The answer is dental crowns! So, what are dental crowns? Dr. Roland Markarian at Golden Dental in Lancaster, CA, wants to share what you should know about dental crowns and how they can help your smile.

Dental crowns work differently than other dental restorations. That’s because dental crowns cover the entire visible part of your tooth above the gumline. This overall treatment provides protection against tooth breakage. When you bite down or chew, your teeth are subjected to considerable stress and pressure, which can cause them to break. Dental crowns spread the stress and pressure evenly across the entire surfaces of your teeth, reducing the possibility of breakage.

Dental fillings are a commonly used restorative treatment, but they don’t provide the same protection against breakage. That’s because a filling will actually divide your tooth into sections, sometimes weakening the tooth structure. There is a possibility of breakage when you bite or chew.

Dental crowns can strengthen your smile, and they can also improve the appearance of your smile. That’s because dental crowns are made of materials like porcelain, which mimic the look of tooth enamel. Porcelain is translucent, meaning it reflects light, just like natural tooth enamel. Porcelain crowns are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth, so they blend into your smile.

At Golden Dental, Dr. Markarian uses state-of-the-art Computer-assisted-design/Computer-assisted-measurement technology known as CAD/CAM. This technology allows you to have a dental crown created and placed all in the same day. Using precise measurements and dimensions, your new crown can be created right in the office, while you wait! Imagine having your tooth prepared, the crown created, and the crown placed all in the same appointment!

Thanks to CAD/CAM technology, you no longer have to wait for your crown to come back from the dental laboratory, while you wear an unsightly, uncomfortable temporary crown. Your crown will look great and fit perfectly, the first time, every time.

If you need to restore the function and appearance of your smile, it’s time to consider dental crowns. For more information about dental crowns and other restorative, cosmetic, or preventive dental services call Dr. Markarian at Golden Dental in Lancaster, CA. Call today!



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