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Dental and Oral Health (Seniors)

Fillings and Licken Planus

12/06/1999

Question:

I have licken planus and it is effected by both gold, silver and amalgamated (sp) fillings, what can I get?

Answer:

Lichen planus is an autoimmune phenomenon that manifests in the mouth and/or skin. It affects approximately 2% of the population. If there are no symptoms then no treatment is necessary; however, if it flares up, causing a burning sensation, then an appropriate diagnostic work up is necessary. Treatment is usually with a topical corticosteroid. Metal fillings of gold and silver in the mouth may cause a weak galvanic current which has been reported to slow the healing process.

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Response by:

Abdel Rahim   Mohammad, DDS, MS, MPH, FAAOM, FACD Abdel Rahim Mohammad, DDS, MS, MPH, FAAOM, FACD
Clinical Professor of Geriatrics
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University