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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!

By Golden Dental
June 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

How dental implants from your dentist in Lancaster, California can remake your smileDental Implants

Are you embarrassed because of gaps in your smile? Are you missing teeth, making it difficult to eat the foods you love? If so, you need to discover the benefits of dental implants. Dr. Roland Markarian at Golden Dental in Lancaster, California wants to share how dental implants can close the gaps in your smile and restore full chewing function.

Dental implants are a highly successful way to rebuild and remake your smile, using state-of-the-art materials and techniques. In fact, dental implants have a success rate of over 95 percent.

A high success rate isn’t the only reason why people have confidence in dental implants. When you choose dental implants to replace lost teeth, you will experience these important advantages:

  • Cosmetically beautiful tooth replacement, because dental implants look virtually identical to natural teeth; implant crowns are made of light-reflective materials that closely resemble tooth enamel.
  • Completely stable tooth replacement, because dental implants are embedded in bone, so they stay in place and never move; they become a permanent part of your smile.
  • Easy care and healthy tooth replacement, because you can brush and floss dental implants just like your natural teeth; there is no need for cumbersome tools.

Your dental implant treatment begins with the placement of the dental implant screw, which will function as the “root” of your tooth. Placement is done during a simple in-office procedure. Bone begins to fill in around the implant, locking it in place. After the area has healed, the implant is capped with a beautiful implant crown, and you have a new tooth!

To learn more detailed information and frequently asked questions and answers about dental implants, please visit the Dental Implants page on the Golden Dental website at http://www.goldendental.org/library/7782/ImplantDentistry.html

If you need to replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth to close the gaps in your smile, dental implants are the right choice. Start on the road to your new smile by calling Dr. Roland Markarian at Golden Dental in Lancaster, California today!

YourNewImplantsNeedProperHygieneJustasMuchasyourOtherTeeth

So, you’ve just acquired an attractive restoration with dental implants. You may be thinking at least with these teeth you won’t have to worry about dental disease.

Think again. While the implants and their porcelain crowns are impervious to decay the surrounding gums and bone are still vulnerable to infection. In fact, you could be at risk for a specific type of periodontal (gum) disease called peri-implantitis (inflammation around the implant).

Bacterial plaque, the thin bio-film most responsible for gum disease, can build up on implant crowns just as it does on natural tooth surfaces. If it isn’t removed with daily brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings the bacteria can trigger an infection in the gums.

Besides weakening gum tissues, gum disease can also cause bone loss, of critical importance to dental implants. An implant depends on the bone they’re inserted in to hold them in place. If the bone around an implant becomes infected it could begin to be lost or dissolve (resorb), which could lead to loss of the implant.

That’s why it’s critical to keep the natural tissue structures supporting your implants infection-free. Not only is daily hygiene a must, but your implants and any remaining natural teeth should undergo professional cleaning at least twice a year or more if your dentist recommends it.

Cleanings involving implants will also be a bit different from natural teeth. While the dental materials used in the crown and implant post are quite durable, regular cleaning instruments can scratch them. Although tiny, these scratches can become hiding places for bacteria and increase your risk of infection.

To avoid this, your hygienist will use instruments (known as scalers and curettes) usually made of plastics or resins rather than metal. The hygienist may still use metal instruments on your remaining natural teeth because their enamel can tolerate metal without becoming scratched creating a smoother surface.

While keeping implants clean can sometimes be a challenge, it’s not impossible. Implants on average have a long-term success rate above 95%. With both you and your dentist caring and maintaining these state-of-the-art restorations, you may be able to enjoy them for decades.

If you would like more information on caring for 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 Implant Maintenance: Implant Teeth must be Cleaned Differently.”

By Golden Dental
June 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

For individuals missing teeth, they know that the experience can be stressful and may affect their self-confidence. Many feel comfortable dental implantswhile eating or speaking. You may even avoid smiling in public. Fortunately, with the help of dental implants Dr. Roland Markarian in Lancaster, CA, your smile can be restored easily. These dental restorations will both look and feel like your natural teeth.

More about Dental Implants in Lancaster

Many individuals are embarrassed when it comes to spaces in the mouth where the teeth are missing. Some people lose their teeth due to injury, decay or periodontal disease, which is a gum infection of the gums and the bone that surrounds the teeth. Others may never have their teeth grow in causing the need for implants. Whatever the reason is for your particular tooth loss, dental implants can look and feel more natural than other dental restorations such as dentures.

If you’re looking for a dental restoration such as dental implants, Dr. Markarian is here for you. The surgical procedure consists of fusing an artificial tooth root to the jawbone where the artificial tooth will be placed. For individuals missing several teeth, multiple implants may be used.

Throughout the entire process, you will work with your professional dental team directly. Total treatment time vary for each patient. Each individual is evaluated and given a custom treatment plan that fits their oral health situation and needs. An exam and dental and medical history helps Dr. Markarian determine the right course of action. For patients with ongoing medical issues such as diabetes, other blood tests will be required. This is because it must be determined if you can heal properly to withstand the implant process and thus allowing the implant procedure to be successful.

To learn whether you are a good candidate for dental implants, schedule an appointment in Lancaster, CA, today by calling (661) 948-8100.



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