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Posts for: June, 2015

By Golden Dental
June 16, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   bonding  

So you’re tearing up the dance floor at a friend’s wedding, when all of a sudden one of your pals lands an accidental blow to your face — chipping out part of your front tooth, which lands right on the floorboards! Meanwhile, your wife (who is nine months pregnant) is expecting you home in one piece, and you may have to pose for a picture with the baby at any moment. What will you do now?

Take a tip from Prince William of England. According to the British tabloid The Daily Mail, the future king found himself in just this situation in 2013. His solution: Pay a late-night visit to a discreet dentist and get it fixed up — then stay calm and carry on!

Actually, dental emergencies of this type are fairly common. While nobody at the palace is saying exactly what was done for the damaged tooth, there are several ways to remedy this dental dilemma.

If the broken part is relatively small, chances are the tooth can be repaired by bonding with composite resin. In this process, tooth-colored material is used to replace the damaged, chipped or discolored region. Composite resin is a super-strong mixture of plastic and glass components that not only looks quite natural, but bonds tightly to the natural tooth structure. Best of all, the bonding procedure can usually be accomplished in just one visit to the dental office — there’s no lab work involved. And while it won’t last forever, a bonded tooth should hold up well for at least several years with only routine dental care.

If a larger piece of the tooth is broken off and recovered, it is sometimes possible to reattach it via bonding. However, for more serious damage — like a severely fractured or broken tooth — a crown (cap) may be required. In this restoration process, the entire visible portion of the tooth may be capped with a sturdy covering made of porcelain, gold, or porcelain fused to a gold metal alloy.

A crown restoration is more involved than bonding. It begins with making a 3-D model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors. From this model, a tooth replica will be fabricated by a skilled technician; it will match the existing teeth closely and fit into the bite perfectly. Next, the damaged tooth will be prepared, and the crown will be securely attached to it. Crown restorations are strong, lifelike and permanent.

Was the future king “crowned” — or was his tooth bonded? We may never know for sure. But it’s good to know that even if we’ll never be royals, we still have several options for fixing a damaged tooth. If you would like more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Crowns and Bridgework.”

By Golden Dental
June 02, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Bridges   dental crowns  

Crowns and Bridges Nature intends us to have a full set of teeth when we are adults. Sometimes, though, health circumstances change, and dental health and the appearance of teeth change too. If you have missing or failing teeth, a dental crown or bridge can help you have a complete and healthy smile.

About Crowns and Bridges

In the Lancaster, California area, Dr. Roland Markarian offers many dental service to repair or replace teeth. After Dr. Markarian does a thorough oral examination and x-rays, he offers patients the many options for creating a finished smile.

Familiar to millions of American adults, the porcelain crown provides a completely new cover (right to the gum line) for a tooth that has extensive decay, many fillings, or has been injured or stained. Crowns are also the prosthetic tooth that is attached to a dental implant to replace a tooth that is completely missing

Custom-made in a professional dental lab, crowns are strong, beautiful, and are color matched to your other teeth. Dr. Markarian cements the crown in place, adjusting it to ensure correct fit and bite.

Patients may also be given the option of partial crowns, called inlays and onlays. Custom-crafted from biocompatible porcelain, inlays take the place of large fillings and extend to one corner or cusp of a molar. Onlays completely cover the top of a tooth.

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that crowns last for several years and require the same care that natural teeth do. One caution is that people who grind their teeth (bruxism) may wear their crowns down more quickly. A night mouthguard may help chronic teeth grinders.

Another way to complete a smile is with dental bridges. Also called fixed partial bridges, these permanent appliances:

  • fill the space left by one or more teeth, supporting normal eating and speech and providing natural-looking aesthetics
  • are secured to natural teeth with porcelain crowns
  • can be resin-bonded to their neighbors
  • may be permanently supported by one or more metal implants
  • are sometimes cantilevered off supporting teeth to one side of the bridge when molars are missing

Just like crowns, dental bridges are custom fabricated in the lab according to the dentist's treatment plan. The false teeth are made of a strong composite material and match surrounding teeth well in shape, size and color. Bridgework can last 15 years or more with good care.

Golden Dental Gives You Every Reason to Smile

Roland Markarian DMD, a Lancaster, California dentist highly trained in all aspects of modern dentistry, including implantology, is known for his gentle and skilled dental care. He treats patients of all ages and can answer your questions about dental crowns and bridgework. Why not explore your options for a complete smile by contacting Dr. Markarian's staff for an appointment? Call (661) 948-8100.


Periodontal (gum) disease is a devastating infection that eventually causes tooth loss if not treated. Plaque removal, antibiotics and possible surgical intervention have proven quite effective in stopping the infection and restoring diseased tissues; however, the more advanced the disease, the more difficult it can be to treat. It’s important then to know the warning signs of gum disease.

Bleeding gums are the most common early sign of gum disease. The infection triggers tissue inflammation, the body’s defensive response to isolate and fight bacteria. As the inflammation becomes chronic, however, it can weaken the gum tissues, which will then bleed easily.

Bleeding, though, is often overlooked as normal, perhaps from brushing too hard. In actuality, bleeding gums is not normal: if your gums routinely bleed during normal brushing and flossing, you should contact us for an examination as soon as possible. Similarly, if your gums are red, swollen or tender to the touch, this is also a sign of inflammation and an indication of infection.

Gum disease is often called a “silent” disease, meaning it can develop without any indication of pain or discomfort. Sometimes, though, bacteria can concentrate in a particular portion of the gum tissue to form a periodontal abscess. In this case, the abscessed tissue can become very painful, swollen and red, and may even discharge pus.

There are also advanced signs of gum disease. If your teeth are painfully sensitive when you brush, consume something hot or cold, or when you bite down, this may mean the gums have pulled back (receded) from the teeth and the highly sensitive dentin and roots are now exposed. Teeth that appear to have moved or that feel loose may mean the gum tissues have significantly detached from the teeth as increasing amount of bone loss occurs. If you see any of these signs you should contact us without delay.

Regardless of the level of disease advancement when diagnosed, prompt treatment should begin as soon as possible. This is the only way to bring the infection under control and give the gum tissues a chance to heal and rejuvenate. From then on, it’s a matter of renewed dental hygiene, frequent cleanings and checkups and an ever vigilant eye for signs of returning infection.

If you would like more information on the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease, 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 “Warning Signs of Periodontal (Gum) Disease.”

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