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NBCStarDeliversaMessageaboutthePerfectSmile

Sometimes it seems that appearances count for everything—especially in Hollywood. But just recently, Lonnie Chaviz, the 10-year-old actor who plays young Randall on the hit TV show This Is Us, delivered a powerful message about accepting differences in body image. And the whole issue was triggered by negative social media comments about his smile.

Lonnie has a noticeable diastema—that is, a gap between his two front teeth; this condition is commonly seen in children, but is less common in adults. There are plenty of celebrities who aren’t bothered by the excess space between their front teeth, such as Michael Strahan, Lauren Hutton and Vanessa Paradis. However, there are also many people who choose to close the gap for cosmetic or functional reasons.

Unfortunately, Lonnie had been on the receiving end of unkind comments about the appearance of his smile. But instead of getting angry, the young actor posted a thoughtful reply via Instagram video, in which he said: “I could get my gap fixed. Braces can fix this, but like, can you fix your heart, though?”

Lonnie is raising an important point: Making fun of how someone looks shows a terrible lack of compassion. Besides, each person’s smile is uniquely their own, and getting it “fixed” is a matter of personal choice. It’s true that in most circumstances, if the gap between the front teeth doesn’t shrink as you age and you decide you want to close it, orthodontic appliances like braces can do the job. Sometimes, a too-big gap can make it more difficult to eat and to pronounce some words. In other situations, it’s simply a question of aesthetics—some like it; others would prefer to live without it.

There’s a flip side to this issue as well. When teeth need to be replaced, many people opt to have their smile restored just the way it was, rather than in some “ideal” manner. That could mean that their dentures are specially fabricated with a space between the front teeth, or the crowns of their dental implants are spaced farther apart than they normally would be. For these folks, the “imperfection” is so much a part of their unique identity that changing it just seems wrong.

So if you’re satisfied with the way your smile looks, all you need to do is keep up with daily brushing and flossing, and come in for regular checkups and cleanings to keep it healthy and bright. If you’re unsatisfied, ask us how we could help make it better. And if you need tooth replacement, be sure to talk to us about all of your options—teeth that are regular and “Hollywood white;” teeth that are natural-looking, with minor variations in color and spacing; and teeth that look just like the smile you’ve always had.

Because when it comes to your smile, we couldn’t agree more with what Lonnie Chaviz said at the end of his video: “Be who you want to be. Do what you want to do. Do you. Be you. Believe in yourself.”

If you have questions about cosmetic dentistry, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Magic of Orthodontics.”

By Golden Dental
January 02, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns and Bridges  

Smile problems? With options like dental crowns and bridges, your dentist can make your dream smile a reality. Golden Dental, which is located in Lancaster, CA, offers high-quality crowns and bridges to their patients. Dr. Roland Markarian is one of the finest dentists in Lancaster, CA. Read on to find out crowns and bridges benefit your smile.

Benefits of Crowns

Cosmetic– Crown that tooth and get ready to smile. Crowns can improve the look of chipped, fractured, misshapen, or discolored teeth. Crowns strengthen worn-down and damaged teeth and can be used to improve their appearance, shape, and alignment. After getting crowns, you won’t stop smiling!

Protect Teeth– A tooth that has been weakened can be saved by covering it with a dental crown. Dental crowns are very tough like natural tooth structure. When teeth are severely damaged by trauma, tooth decay, or infection, they become weaker. This leaves your teeth prone to further damage unless your dentist does something to preserve them.

A Natural Look- Dental crowns can give you a natural-looking smile. Porcelain crowns resemble the appearance of your natural teeth because they mimic the translucency and luster of real teeth. Your dentist can choose from over a dozen shades and give you a porcelain crown that is better matched to the shade of your natural teeth.

Benefits of Bridges

Replace Teeth- You don't have to go through life with missing teeth. Your dentist can close the gap in your smile with a dental bridge. Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth. A fixed bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on the sides of the gap and one or more fabricated teeth in between.

Prevent Shifting- Once a tooth is lost, the neighboring teeth begin to shift out of place at an accelerated rate. This may cause a collapse of bite support. A fixed bridge can help prevent your existing teeth from drifting out of place. When a dental bridge fills in the gap in your smile, teeth are supported on all sides and have no place to shift.

Good looks- With a fixed bridge, not only will you close the gaps in your smile, you will also improve the color and shape of the teeth that you're crowning. Porcelain bridges look terrific and match the natural teeth well. With a dental bridge, you will enjoy the confidence of having an alluring smile.

Call Golden Dental Today!

Give yourself the gift of a healthy, gorgeous smile this year. Call Golden Dental at (661) 948-8100 right now to schedule a dental consultation in Lancaster, CA. Dental crowns and bridges will do you and your smile a world of good.

By Golden Dental
December 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: lump  
WecanRidYouofthatLumpinYourMouthyouKeepBiting

Biting the inside of your cheek is high on the list of minor but painfully irritating occurrences like paper cuts or tongue scalding from hot coffee. A mouth bite, though, has an additional tormenting feature — there's a good chance you'll bite the same spot again.

This kind of repeated mouth injury results in an enlargement of the soft tissue that has been traumatized. They're often diagnosed and referred to as a traumatic fibroma. When you bite your cheek, lips or tongue, you create a small wound that usually heals quickly. This healing process, though, can be interrupted if you bite the area again, which can then cause excess scar tissue to form.

The fibrous scar tissue, made up of a protein called collagen, is similar to a callous. You can often feel it with your tongue — a knot of tough skin that protrudes from the otherwise flat cheek wall. Because of this prominence, it tends to get in the “line of fire” during eating or biting, so you'll bite it again — and again. If this cycle continues, then even a more prominent scar tissue forms that you're more likely to bite again.

The wound will heal most of the time, unless you continually bite it. If it becomes a nagging problem, we can surgically remove the lump. After numbing the area with local anesthesia, we'll either use a laser or scalpel to remove it. The area is easy to fix and will flatten out the cheek surface. The entire procedure takes fifteen minutes or less and in a few days to a week you won't even notice it had been there.

While the vast majority of these lesions are harmless, it's still standard protocol to biopsy the removed tissue: a pathologist examines it under a microscope for cancer cells. This is a routine part of any medical practice and not a cause for alarm.

If you've had a lump for awhile that you always seem to be biting, see us for an examination. With a simple procedure, we may be able to remove that irritation once and for all.

If you would like more information on treating mouth lumps and other sores, 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 “Common Lumps and Bumps in the Mouth.”

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!



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