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By Golden Dental
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

In addition to a professional dental cleaning, your dentist will also check for cavities at your bi-yearly appointments. If one is detected, a fillingsfilling could be all you need to protect that tooth for many years into the future. Have a dentist at Golden Dental in Lancaster, CA, check your smile for cavities and if necessary, have a cavity treated with a filling.

How Do Fillings Help?

Unfortunately, tooth enamel does not regenerate or grow back after tooth decay or damage. The enamel must be replaced with a substance called a filling. For many years, amalgam (metal) material was used for fillings, but nowadays patients ask for tooth-colored fillings that are made of composite resin or porcelain. It forms a protective layer on the surface of the tooth so that bacteria and food particles can’t irritate the inner pulp. Fillings last for up to a decade or longer.

Signs You May Need a Filling

A sharp sensation of pain is one of the first signs that you should look out for when trying to determine if you need a filling. If the pain becomes consistent and you avoid chewing on one side of your mouth, that is an even more urgent sign that you need treatment by a Lancaster dentist. Dark holes or marks on the top of a tooth may also be a sign of a cavity. Generally, if you eat a lot of candy and sweets or don’t have the best dental hygiene, you should have your teeth checked soon.

Keeping Your Teeth Healthy

To avoid having to come back to the dentist again for a cavity filling, you must take on new dental hygiene habits. Here are a few simple tips to follow:

  • Brush while you are doing other tasks in the morning instead of staring at the mirror. Make sure you get at least two minutes of brushing in per session.
  • Replace sugary treats with healthier sweets, like apples or pears.
  • Rinse your mouth thoroughly after eating a meal.
  • Eat calcium-rich foods that will help remineralize your enamel, reducing the chance of cavities.

Schedule a Checkup Today

Watch for the signs you may need a filling and go to your dentist for an exam and treatment as needed. Call (661) 948-8100 today to set an appointment with Dr. Roland Markarian at his office in Lancaster, CA.

By Golden Dental
September 15, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: fillings  
WhyYouShouldntWorryAbouttheMercuryinYourSilverFillings

Over the last century and a half millions of people have had a tooth cavity filled with “silver” amalgam. Perhaps you’re one of them. The use of this effective and durable filling has declined in recent years, but only because of the development of more attractive tooth-colored materials.

At the same time there’s another issue that’s been brewing in recent years about this otherwise dependable metal alloy: the inclusion of mercury in amalgam, about half of its starting mixture. Various studies have shown mercury exposure can have a cumulative toxic effect on humans. As a result, you may already be heeding warnings to limit certain seafood in your diet.

So, should you be equally concerned about amalgam fillings — even going so far as to have any existing ones removed?

Before taking such a drastic step, let’s look at the facts. To begin with, not all forms of mercury are equally toxic. The form causing the most concern is called methylmercury, a compound formed when mercury released in the environment combines with organic molecules. This is the form certain large fish like salmon and tuna ingest, which we then ingest when we eat them. Methylmercury can accumulate in the body’s tissues where at high levels it can damage various organ systems.

Dental amalgam, on the other hand, uses elemental mercury. Dentists take it in liquid form and mix it with a powder of other metals like silver, tin and copper to create a pliable paste. After it’s placed in a prepared cavity, the amalgam hardens into a compound in which the mercury interlaces with the other metals and becomes “trapped.”

Although over time the filling may emit trace amounts of mercury vapor, it’s well below harmful levels. You’re more likely to encounter “un-trapped” mercury in your diet than from a dental filling. And scores of studies over amalgam’s 150-year history have produced no demonstrable ill effects due to mercury.

Although it now competes with more attractive materials, amalgam still fills (no pun intended) a necessary role. Dentists frequently use amalgam in less visible back teeth, which encounter higher chewing pressures than front teeth. So, if you already have an amalgam filling or we recommend one to you, relax — you’re really in no danger of mercury poisoning.

If you would like more information on dental amalgam fillings, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.



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