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One’s a singer who made her name playing New York clubs in the 1980’s before catapulting to international pop stardom; the other’s an actress from New Zealand who, in 1994, at the age of 11, became the second-youngest person ever to win an Academy Award. Both remain at the top of the A-list today. What other feature do Madonna and Anna Paquin have in common?

You guessed it — it’s their teeth. Both have a small but noticeable gap between their two front teeth, known as a diastema. This condition is relatively common, and it’s normally easy to treat — if that’s something you’d like to do. But wait a moment… In certain African countries, this kind of smile is considered a sign of fertility; in France, they call it “dents du bonheur” (lucky teeth); some other cultures consider the gap a predictor of future wealth. So if you’ve already made this look work for you, there’s no need to change it — even if you might need other cosmetic dental work.

The “perfectly imperfect” smile has become an increasingly popular option for people having veneers, cosmetic bonding, or even dental implants. Some trend-watchers have even noted a pushback against the ideal of a completely even, flawless, Hollywood-white smile. Does that create a problem at the dentist’s office?

Absolutely not! We call the process of figuring out how your teeth should look “smile design” — and it’s as much an art as a science. When we’re just beginning to design your smile, we look at a number of features — including the size, shape, color and alignment of your teeth, the position of your lips, the amount of gums exposed, and the relationship between your smile and your other facial features. We’re also listening carefully to you: what you like and don’t like about your smile, how you think it could be improved… and what should stay just the way it is.

Of course, before doing any cosmetic work, we will always perform a complete dental exam to detect any underlying condition and determine what treatments are best. Then, we will work with you to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted. Not sure exactly how it will look when it’s all done? Ask us for a preview — from computer-generated pictures to actual 3-D models, we can show you how your new smile will enhance your appearance.

So if your smile needs a little help to look its best — but you still want it to be uniquely yours — maybe now is the time to come in and see us. If you would like more information on smile design, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor articles “The Impact of a Smile Makeover” and “Beautiful Smiles by Design.”

By Golden Dental
January 16, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Do you have cracked, broken or missing teeth? If so, Lancaster dental implants from Dr. Roland Markarian, DMD might be just the solution for you. If you're tired of being embarrassed by your smile and you're ready for a brilliant new smile you can be proud to show off, here are five benefits of dental implants you'll want to consider.

1. Dental Implants Look Natural

With dental implants, no one has to know that your teeth aren't your own. Dental implants look and feel just like your real teeth. You eat with them, brush them and smile with them the same way. In fact, it won't be long until even you forget you have them. They are that natural and comfortable.

2. They are Durable

Lancaster dental implants from Dr. Markarian are a very durable, long term solution. They don't slide out like dentures, and they don't need to be replaced every so often like bridges do. While you may need to have them adjusted periodically, once you have dental implants placed, you will typically be able to rely on them for decades to come.

3. They are Easy to Clean and Maintain

The care required by your dental implants is incredibly similar to the care your regular teeth require. You can brush them, floss between them and rinse with them. While you will want to use a non-abrasive toothpaste, you don't have to worry about taking them out or using any special tools to get them clean.

4. They Are Practical

With dental implants, you can enjoy all of your favorite foods and activities without worry. There's no reason to give up sticky or hard foods--your dental implants can handle it. You don't have to worry about your dental implants falling out or about forgetting your dental implants at home.

5. They Protect Your Oral Health

In order for bridges or veneers to be placed, your teeth must be sanded down to ensure proper bonding. Dental implants actually help - rather than harm - your teeth, however. They don't require any sanding, they keep infection out of your tooth root, and they fill the empty space to prevent your teeth from crowding together.

If you've been considering visiting Dr. Markarian for dental implants in Lancaster, what are you waiting for? Dental implants are a great way to improve your appearance, your oral health and your life. Call to schedule an appointment today!

By Golden Dental
January 13, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

Without effective treatment, periodontal (gum) disease can eventually lead to tooth loss. That’s why it’s imperative to remove bacterial plaque and calculus — the main cause of the disease — from all teeth and gum surfaces. For moderate to advanced gum disease, this could require a procedure known as flap surgery to gain access to deeper infected areas.

This type of procedure involves making scalpel incisions into the gum tissue to create a flap opening. Through this opening we’re able to gain access to the deeper pockets that have formed because of the tissue detachment that occurs following bone loss. The flap opening allows for better access to the root surfaces for removal of plaque and calculus (tartar). Once we’ve finished, we then suture the flap back into place to reduce the pockets and allow the area to heal.

While effective, flap surgery is considered moderately invasive and may produce mild post-procedural discomfort. Recently, however, a specially designed laser for periodontal therapy shows promise of less invasiveness and patient discomfort than traditional flap surgery.

A laser is an intense and narrow beam of light of a single wavelength. A periodontal laser can pass without effect through healthy cell tissue (like sunlight through a window pane) but interacts and “vaporizes” the darkly pigmented bacteria in diseased tissue. The laser energy is delivered in pulses to minimize any heat-related damage to healthy cells.

The periodontal laser can precisely remove diseased tissue, even where it mingles with healthy tissue. Once it’s removed, the root surfaces can be cleaned with ultrasonic scalers and/or hand instruments. And because a medical laser seals the tissue it cuts, it doesn’t produce open incisions as with flap surgery that require suturing afterward.

Studies of post-operative recovery after laser surgery showed similar infection reduction and renewed bone and tissue growth as with traditional surgery. Patients, however, reported much less discomfort after the laser procedure. Although more research is needed, it initially appears periodontal laser treatments can effectively treat gum disease with minimal interference with healthy tissue and greater comfort for patients.

If you would like more information on the use of lasers for the treatment of gum disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

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