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Posts for: October, 2016

By Golden Dental
October 27, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Aesthetic factors like the color, shape and overall symmetry of our teeth are certainly important, and have the potential to affect dental implantseverything from our self esteem and confidence, to our personal and professional relationships. But missing teeth present more than just a cosmetic problem. From malnutrition due to the inability to eat comfortably, to the oral and general health risks associated with bone loss in the gums once a tooth falls out or is extracted, strong, healthy teeth play a vital role in our overall health and wellbeing.

Dr. Roland Markarian, a dentist in Lancaster, CA, recommends dental implants to replace missing teeth for healthy adults with enough remaining bone density in the gums.

Restore Your Smile with Dental Implants in Lancaster

Dr. Markarian replaces the root of the missing teeth with a small screw shaped implant, which then fuses with the surrounding bone tissue in the gums. This helps to both securely anchor the implant in place, and to prevent bone loss and promote the growth of new healthy bone tissue. Healthy bone tissue is necessary for the stability of the teeth, and for healthy gums. Once the implant has healed, Dr. Markarian attaches the cosmetic crown to complete the restoration.

The Advantages of Fixing Your Smile with Dental Implants

Implants are an incredibly versatile smile restoration option for qualified patients. A single implant can be used to secure a single crown, bridge, or a set of dentures. Dental implants are a permanent solution to tooth loss, and eliminate the need for adhesives or adjustments for fitting issues over time. Implants require meticulous oral hygiene and regular follow up care with dental check ups and professional cleanings.

Find a Dentist in Lancaster, CA

Dental implants can restore both the cosmetic appearance and health of your teeth and gums. For more information on how they work, and to find out if you are a good candidate, contact Golden Dental by calling (661) 948-8100 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Markarian in Lancaster, CA today.


ActorDavidRamseyDiscussesBabyBottleToothDecay

Cavities can happen even before a baby has his first piece of candy. This was the difficult lesson actor David Ramsey of the TV shows Arrow and Dexter learned when his son DJ’s teeth were first emerging.

“His first teeth came in weak,” Ramsey recalled in a recent interview. “They had brown spots on them and they were brittle.” Those brown spots, he said, quickly turned into cavi­ties. How did this happen?

Ramsey said DJ’s dentist suspected it had to do with the child’s feedings — not what he was being fed but how. DJ was often nursed to sleep, “so there were pools of breast milk that he could go to sleep with in his mouth,” Ramsey explained.

While breastfeeding offers an infant many health benefits, problems can occur when the natural sugars in breast milk are left in contact with teeth for long periods.  Sugar feeds decay-causing oral bacteria, and these bacteria in turn release tooth-eroding acids. The softer teeth of a young child are particularly vulnerable to these acids; the end result can be tooth decay.

This condition, technically known as “early child caries,” is referred to in laymen’s terms as “baby bottle tooth decay.” However, it can result from nighttime feedings by bottle or breast. The best way to prevent this problem is to avoid nursing babies to sleep at night once they reach the teething stage; a bottle-fed baby should not be allowed to fall asleep with anything but water in their bottle or “sippy cup.”

Here are some other basics of infant dental care that every parent should know:

  • Wipe your baby’s newly emerging teeth with a clean, moist washcloth after feedings.
  • Brush teeth that have completely grown in with a soft-bristled, child-size toothbrush and a smear of fluoride toothpaste no bigger than a grain of rice.
  • Start regular dental checkups by the first birthday.

Fortunately, Ramsey reports that his son is doing very well after an extended period of professional dental treatments and parental vigilance.

“It took a number of months, but his teeth are much, much better,” he said. “Right now we’re still helping him and we’re still really on top of the teeth situation.”

If you would like more information on dental care for babies and toddlers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Age One Dental Visit” and “Dentistry & Oral Health for Children.”


EvenThoughnotintheSmileZoneYouShouldReplacethatBackTooth

People often put a premium on appearance when deciding whether or not to replace a missing tooth. There's more motivation to replace one in the “smile zone,” where the teeth are more visible, than one that's not.

But even if your missing tooth is in the back out of sight, there are still good reasons to replace it. That's because even one lost tooth can have a cascading ill effect on other teeth, the underlying bone or eventually your entire facial structure.

The chief problems caused by a missing tooth occur first with the bone. The act of chewing generates pressure around the teeth. The teeth transmit this pressure through the roots to the bone, which stimulates the bone to grow and remain strong in support of the teeth. When you lose a tooth, the bone no longer receives this growth stimulation.

In time, the replacement rate for older bone cells will slow down and cause the bone volume to decrease. It's possible to detect a change just months after losing a tooth: you can lose an estimated 25% of bone width in the first year.

As the bone diminishes, the jaw loses height and then more width. The gum tissues will also gradually decrease. As a result you may not be able to chew or even speak as well as you once could. Depending on the number of teeth you've lost, the foundational portion of the jawbone — the basal bone — may also decline. The distance between nose and chin may decrease and the cheeks sink in. Without bone support in the rear, the bite can collapse and push the teeth forward out of their normal position.

The best way to avoid this debilitating spiral is to replace a tooth as soon as practical. There are many options, but perhaps the best choice is a dental implant: not only will it provide a life-like appearance, but its affinity with bone will stop bone loss and even encourage new growth.

So, don't neglect replacing that “invisible” tooth if it's lost. Your mouth and ultimately your appearance will be better for it.

If you would like more information on tooth loss and restoration options, 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 “The Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth.”




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