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Posts for: April, 2015


Fracturing back molars is an experience no one ever wants to have. But when a helicopter crashed during a back country ski trip, supermodel Christie Brinkley soon discovered that she had fractured two molars. Fortunately for Christie, her oral health was restored with two dental implants. As she said during an interview with Dear Doctor magazine, “I am grateful for the dental implant technology that feels and looks so natural.”

While Christie's dental implants replaced back teeth, we routinely use them to replace both back and the more visible front teeth. But best of all, we have demonstrated expertise at making dental implant crowns look real. This is where we meld science and artistry.

What drives the most natural and beautiful result is how the crown (the visible, white portion of a tooth) actually emerges through the gum tissues. We also match the adjacent teeth identically in color, appearance, shape and profile. But we can't take all the credit, as it takes an entire “behind-the-scenes” team to produce dazzling results. Choice of materials, the laboratory technician (the person who actually handcrafts the tooth), the expertise we use in placing a dental implant crown and the total quality of care we provide are the ingredients necessary for success.

Another critical factor required is ensuring there is enough bone volume and gum tissue to support an implant. Both of these must also be in the right position to anchor an implant. However, if you do not have adequate bone volume, you may be a candidate for a minor surgical procedure to increase your bone volume through bone grafting or other regenerative surgical techniques.

To learn more about dental implants, continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Matching Teeth & Implants.” Or you can contact us today to schedule an appointment so that we can conduct a thorough examination, listen to your concerns, answer your questions and discuss treatment options. And if you want to read the entire feature article on Christie Brinkley, continue reading “The Secret Behind Christie Brinkley's Supermodel Smile.”

By Golden Dental
April 15, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Night Guards  

Tooth grinding can not only be an uncomfortable and painful habit. It can also negatively impact the health of your teeth and gums. Teeth grinding, a condition known as bruxism, can wear down the enamel on your teeth and leave your teeth prone to decay.

But there is help for teeth grinding. Your Lancaster, CA dentist may recommend night guards to combat your bruxism and save your Mouth Guardteeth from wear and decay.

What is a Night Guard?

A night guard is a special type of dental appliance that helps to prevent tooth grinding. The guard acts as a protector between your teeth to shield the teeth from the friction of grinding.

There are several types of night guards that offer similar functions. The major differences between night guards are the fit and quality.

  • Stock Guard

These night guards are inexpensive and can be purchased at sporting goods stores. Though they are simple to buy, they may be quite bulky and they cannot be adjusted to fit your specific bite.

  • Boil and Bite Guard

These types of mouth protectors are available for purchase at drug stores and athletic stores. They are also inexpensive, but they can offer a better fit than the stock mouth guards. They are made from a special plastic that softens when boiled. Once soft, the mouth guard is placed in your mouth while you bite down to create an individual fit.

  • Custom Mouth Guard

A custom mouth guard is created by your Lancaster, CA dentist. They are the most expensive type of night guard, but they are custom-designed specifically for your mouth so they fit much more comfortably than either kind purchased from a store.

A mouth guard worn at night can protect your teeth from grinding and clenching. By protecting your teeth, you can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

If you grind your teeth at night, talk to your dentist to find out if a night guard is right for you. Golden Dental of Lancaster, CA offers a full array of dentistry services to meet your individual needs. Schedule an appointment today to protect your teeth from tooth grinding.

By Golden Dental
April 09, 2015
Category: Oral Health

A number of factors can lead to dental caries (tooth decay). To find out if you are at high risk, ask yourself these questions.

Is plaque visible in my mouth?
Dental plaque is a whitish film of bacteria that collects on your teeth. If it is clearly visible, it means that there is a lot of it. Among the bacteria in the plaque are those that produce tooth decay, particularly in an acidic environment. (A normal mouth is neutral, measured on the pH scale, midway between the extreme acidic and basic ends of the scale.)

Do I have a dry mouth?
Saliva protects your teeth against decay by neutralizing an acidic environment and adding minerals back to the outer surface of enamel of your teeth, so reduced saliva is a high risk for caries. Many medications can cause dry mouth as a side effect.

Do I eat a lot of snacks, particularly unhealthy ones?
Frequently eating sugars, refined carbohydrates, and acidic foods promotes the growth of decay-producing bacteria. The more frequently you eat, the longer your teeth are bathed in sugars and acids. Acidic foods not only promote bacterial growth, they also directly cause erosion of the tooth's hard surface by softening and dissolving the minerals in the enamel.

Do I wear retainers, orthodontic appliances, bite guards or night guards?
These appliances are recommended for various conditions, but they tend to restrict the flow of saliva over your teeth, cutting down on the benefits of saliva mentioned above.

Do my teeth have deep pits and fissures?
The shape of your teeth is determined by your heredity. If your teeth grew in with deep grooves (fissures) and pits in them, you are at higher risk for bacterial growth and resulting decay.

Do I have conditions that expose my teeth to acids?
If you have bulimia (a psychological condition in which individuals induce vomiting), or GERD (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease), your teeth may be frequently exposed to stomach acids that can cause severe erosion to your teeth.

Do I already have cavities?
Visible cavities can range from those only visible with laser technology or x-ray examination to those a dentist can see with a naked eye. If you already have small cavities, you are at high risk for developing more.

Do I have white spots on my teeth?
White spots are often the first sign of decay in a tooth's enamel. At this point, the condition is often reversible with fluorides.

Have I had a cavity within the last three years?
Recent cavities point to a high risk of more cavities in the future, unless conditions in your mouth have significantly changed.

If you have any of these indications of high risk, contact us today and ask us for suggestions for changing the conditions in your mouth. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Decay.”

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