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Monday, December 9, 2013
Dental and Oral Health (Seniors)
Fillings and Licken Planus
I have licken planus and it is effected by both gold, silver and amalgamated (sp) fillings, what can I get?
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.
Abdel Rahim Mohammad, DDS, MS, MPH, FAAOM, FACD
Clinical Professor of Geriatrics
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University