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Posts for: December, 2017

By Golden Dental
December 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

A root canal is the treatment of choice for patients who prefer to keep all of their teeth, even when there’s dental decay. It’s an alternative root canalto tooth extraction and replacement that has a high success rate. Many people who have one or more missing teeth ignored the signs that they needed an urgent root canal. If you want to avoid losing teeth, learn these signs and see your dentist Dr. Roland Markarian at Golden Dental in Lancaster, CA. 

Teeth Are Painful or Very Sensitive
Tooth pain is not a normal thing to have to deal with—especially when you feel that pain throughout the day. If you feel aching or throbbing pain in one or more teeth, that is a potential sign of dental disease that will likely require root canal therapy. The pain often radiates throughout the jaw and can even cause headaches. In some cases, sensitivity to hot and cold will be the first sign of dental discomfort. If you bite down on one side of your mouth and feel a very sharp pain that makes you wince, you should see your Lancaster, CA dentist for a checkup as soon as possible.

Boils or Sores on the Gums
When there’s a dental abscess or infection in a tooth, you may see a strange boil or sore develop on the gumline. In some cases, a group of bumps may form near the tooth. Also, when there’s an abscess, pus, blood, and other fluids may start to leak from the gumline. These are not signs that you should ignore if you want to save your tooth.

Breath Problems 
When there’s serious dental decay, a change in your breath may be one of the first signs. A decayed tooth will sometimes emit a foul odor that doesn’t go away no matter how much you rinse or brush your teeth. Bad breath that’s caused by a diseased tooth is often more intense and distinct compared to what your breath may smell like in the morning or after eating. 

Know for Sure
The only way you’ll know for sure that you need a root canal is if you get your dental issue checked and diagnosed at Golden Dental in Lancaster, CA. Call 661-948-8100 today to schedule an examination with Dr. Roland Markarian.

By Golden Dental
December 22, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   gum disease  

Is there a link between periodontal (gum) disease and cardiovascular disease? Medical researchers are endeavoring to answer this intriguing question, but early findings seem to say yes. If it bears true, the findings could advance treatment for both diseases.

There is one thing that can be said for certain: inflammation is a factor in both diseases’ progression. Gum disease begins as an infection caused by bacteria growing in plaque, which is made up of bacteria and a thin film of food remnant that adheres to tooth surfaces. The body responds to this infection through tissue inflammation, an attempt to prevent the infection from spreading. Likewise, inflammation appears to be a similar response to changes in blood vessels afflicted by cardiovascular disease.

While inflammation is part of the body’s mechanism to heal traumatized tissue, if it becomes chronic it can actually have a damaging effect on the tissues intended to benefit. For patients with gum disease, chronic inflammation causes connective tissues to detach from teeth, leading eventually to tooth and bone loss. Similarly, inflammation damages the linings of blood vessels in cardiovascular disease patients.

Researchers want to know what role bacteria may also play in the progression of cardiovascular disease. Initial studies seem to indicate that proactively treating the gum disease by removing all plaque from oral surfaces in patients with both conditions does appear to improve the health of diseased blood vessel linings. Whether this could ultimately reduce the occurrence of heart attack or stroke still needs to be ascertained.

As we learn more about the possible connections between these two diseases, there’s hope it will lead to new advancements that could improve health outcomes for both. It may prove to be the case, then, that maintaining a healthy mouth promotes a healthy heart, and vice-versa.

If you would like more information on the connection between gum disease and heart 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 “Periodontal Inflammation and Heart Disease.”


If you’ve had a total joint replacement or similar procedure, you will want your surgeon to decide if you need to take an antibiotic before you undergo dental work. This is a precaution to prevent a serious infection known as bacteremia.

Bacteremia occurs when bacteria become too prevalent in the bloodstream and cause infection in other parts of the body, especially in joints and bone with prosthetic (replacement) substances. It’s believed that during invasive dental procedures bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream through incisions and other soft tissue disruptions.

Joint infections are a serious matter and can require extensive therapy to bring it under control. Out of this concern, the use of antibiotics as a prophylactic (preventive measure) against bacteremia once included a wide range of patients for a variety of conditions and procedures. But after an in-depth study in 2007, the American Dental Association concluded that the risks for many of these patient groups for infection triggered by a dental procedure was extremely low and didn’t warrant the use of antibiotic premedication therapy.

As a result, recommendations for antibiotic therapy changed in 2009, eliminating many groups previously recommended for premedication. But because of the seriousness of joint infection, The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons still recommends the therapy for joint replacement patients about to undergo any invasive procedure, including dental work. It’s especially needed for patients who also have some form of inflammatory arthritis, a weakened immune system, insulin-dependent diabetes, hemophilia, malnourishment or a previous infection in an artificial joint.

The guidelines for antibiotic premedication can be complex. It’s best, then, to speak with both your orthopedic surgeon and us about whether you should undergo antibiotic therapy before you undergo a dental procedure. The ultimate goal is to reduce the risks of any disease and to keep both your mouth and your body safe from infection.

If you would like more information on the use of antibiotics in dental care, 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 “Premedication for Dental Treatment.”

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