By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
June 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

It doesn’t have to be difficult to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Here’s how!dental hygiene

Whether our Nashua, NH, dentist, Dr. Robert LaRocque, just told you that you have a cavity or you just realized that you aren’t really sure what your smile needs to stay healthy, there has never been a better time to reevaluate everything you are doing for your smile. Discover the many ways you can keep teeth and gums feeling their best!

Perfect Your Technique

While most people brush and floss their teeth, not everyone was shown the proper technique. If you really aren’t sure if you are brushing or flossing properly, this is the perfect time to talk to our Nashua general dentist to get some advice on how to care for your smile. Remember, if you’ve just recently started flossing again you may notice sore or even bleeding gums; however, gums will toughen up the more often you do it.

Ditch the Cigarettes

If you are someone who uses any kind of tobacco product, this is the perfect time to find out the best strategies for kicking that habit once and for all. If you are a smoker, you may find that you deal with nasty stains, bad breath, gum disease or prolonged healing. Not to mention the fact that this habit can greatly increase your chances of oral cancer.

Avoid Sugar

Sugar can really cause a lot of damage to healthy tooth enamel, particularly if you consume a lot. You may be surprised to find out just how much sugar you eat everyday that you weren’t even aware of. Just because you aren’t enjoying dessert doesn’t mean that you aren’t eating foods and drinks with a surprising amount of sugar.

Don’t Drink Diet Sodas or Sports Drinks

You may think you are being more health conscious by picking up the sugar-free soda or sports drinks, but these beverages still contain a lot of acids, which can be just as damaging to enamel as sugar. If you want to protect your teeth from erosion, then just opt for a refreshing bottle of water.

Don’t let decay and other issues ruin your oral health. Call our Nashua, NH, dental office to schedule your upcoming cleaning. If you haven’t been keeping up with those six-month appointments, it’s time you started. Book your next routine exam today!

By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
April 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Your whole smile changes the second you lose a tooth. Luckily, tooth loss doesn't have to alter your smile permanently. Nashua, NH, dental implantsdentist, Dr. Robert LaRoque, discusses why it's important to replace your missing tooth and explains how dental implants can help.

Why should I replace the tooth?

There's no doubt that replacing a missing tooth can be a little costly, but failing to restore your smile can be even more expensive in the long run. If you've lost a molar, you might think that you'll just chew on the other side of your mouth. Chewing exclusively on one side increases the wear and tear on teeth on that side. Those teeth will be more susceptible to cracking on that side, and your risk for cavities may even increase. A lost tooth can also weaken your jawbone and cause your remaining teeth to drift. You might also suffer bite issues, due to shifting teeth.

Why is a dental implant a good option?

Bridges and dentures restore your smile above the gum line, but they don't address the loss of your tooth roots. If you don't replace the roots, you will still experience jawbone loss and you may find it more difficult to chew, due to reduced biting power. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that offers root replacement.

How does the dental implant process work?

Before you receive an implant, you'll visit Dr. LaRoque's Nashua office for a complete examination. In most cases, you'll be a good candidate for an implant if you're in good oral and general health, don't have a disease that affects healing, practice good oral hygiene, don't smoke and have good jawbone depth.

You'll need minor surgery to create an opening in your jawbone that will hold the dental implant. The implant is a small post that will eventually support a crown. After the implant is placed in the bone, your gums will be closed over it. Over the next several months, the post will begin to fuse to the bone. When your new implant is firmly rooted in your jawbone, you'll return to Dr. LaRoque's office to be fitted for a crown that will be attached to the implant.

Don't let a lost tooth diminish your smile. Call Nashua, NH, dentist, Dr. Robert LaRoque, at (603) 883-6010 to schedule an appointment to discuss dental implants.

By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
March 06, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease   periodontics  

Are you worried about your puffy gums, loose teeth or bad breath?gum disease

If so, it’s time to give Dr. Robert LaRocque in Nashua, NH, a call.

The fact is, puffy gums could be a sign of developing gum disease – a condition you want to eliminate as quickly as possible. Gum disease, which is caused by bacteria that also causes plaque and tartar on your teeth, which can lead to tooth decay and tooth and bone loss. The good news is that gum disease can be treated and even prevented.

The American Dental Association notes that gum disease starts as a condition called gingivitis, which is characterized by the red, swollen, tender gums; if left untreated, it can progress into periodontitis, which can cause serious problems.

Some people are more prone to gum disease than others. According to the ADA, people with poor oral health habits, people with underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes, and people taking certain medications can be more susceptible to gum disease. Your Nashua dentist can help you come up with a plan to head off gum disease before it gets serious.

The ADA suggests regular oral hygiene which includes brushing, flossing and regular visits/checkups with a qualified dentist such as Dr. LaRocque.

Don’t ignore these signs of gum disease:

  • Persistent, severe bad breath
  • Persistent bad taste in your mouth
  • Red, swollen gums
  • Tender, painful gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Gums that have pulled away or receded from your teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Change in bite alignment
  • Discoloration

If you live in Nashua, NH, and suspect you might have gum disease, make an appointment with Dr. LaRocque today. For more information call 603-883-6010.

By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
January 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Electronics have made many tasks much easier to accomplish: you can push a button and your garage door will lift automatically, saving root canalyou the hassle of getting out of your car to pull the door open. Blenders and food processors quickly and effectively mix and chop ingredients in the kitchen. In the field of dentistry, electric polishers and other tools have improved dental professionals' jobs. While root canals have traditionally been performed with manual instruments, your Nashua, New Hampshire dentist, Dr. Robert LaRocque, is proud to offer rotary root canals as a way of making the entire process simpler and more comfortable, especially since they can be completed in a single visit.

What is a root canal?

If an injury or decay reaches the root of a tooth, the resulting damage can be very painful. That's because cracks or decay allow the infection to get inside the inner tissues of teeth. Your Nashua dentist can save the tooth from extraction with a root canal by removing the inner tissues, including the nerves, and replacing them with a rubber material. A porcelain crown completes the root canal and further strengthens the visible portion of the tooth.

How is a rotary root canal different?

For many years, root canals have been performed using manual files, which produce an uncomfortable sound and sensation for many patients. Since they're made of stainless steel, these files are rigid, requiring the dentist to spend extra time during the procedure to make sure the entire tooth is cleared of infection. Rotary root canals, however, are performed with an electrical instrument that uses a tip made of nickel titanium. This strong metal is much more flexible than stainless steel, allowing your Nashua dentist to more efficiently reach the inner portions of the affected tooth and ensure that the entire infection has been eradicated. The machine's movements are also much quieter and smoother than the manual tools, giving the patient a better, less nerve-wracking experience overall.

No one wants to have a root canal, but if you need one, wouldn't you prefer the rotary method? To schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert LaRocque in Nashua, New Hampshire, give our office a call today!

By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
October 26, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: CEREC Crown  

Yes, you can get a CEREC dental crown in just one visit to our Nashua dental office.

We know that our patients lead busy lives, so it can often be difficult to take time out of their schedules to see us for routine cleanings let alone further dental treatments. But if you need to get a dental crown this isn’t something you should put off. Damaged teeth may become worse if left untreated. But our Nashua, NH dentist, Dr. Robert LaRocque, is making it easier to get the crown you need without having to come to our office multiple times. Find out what makes getting CEREC crowns so ideal.

CEREC crowns are designed to look just like regular dental crowns except they come with some added benefits that traditional crowns do not. For one, instead of having to wait for us to send your impressions to a dental lab to make your crown, which can take up to a week or more to complete, we can make it right here in our office. This means that you won’t have to wear that flimsy temporary crown anymore. You’ll come into our office to get a dental crown and leave with a beautiful new CEREC restoration. It’s really that simple!

Another benefit is that when it comes to taking impressions of your teeth many patients dislike the feel of the messy molds in their mouth. For patients with a sensitive gag reflex, this can be the hardest part. Fortunately, with our state-of-the-art CEREC technology those messy molds are now a thing of the past.

We can take better more accurate measurements of the damaged tooth with our CEREC camera, which will snap photos and immediately upload them to our computer. With a tiny camera that can capture more precise images than standard impressions, this ultimately means a CEREC crown that offers a superior fit.

Once the images are up on our computer we can use the CAD software to design a crown that will look natural and blend right in with the rest of your smile. Once the design process is done we will turn to the CAM technology to start making your crown. We have a milling machine right here that will take the measurements we give it and from a porcelain block make your new crown. This whole process happens while you wait.

So, you may be thinking that there are a lot of steps to getting a CEREC crown so you’ll be sitting here waiting forever. Not so fast! The whole process, from the time we start to the time the crown is cemented over your tooth, only takes about one hour. A new restoration in one hour—now that’s pretty incredible!

If you are looking to get CEREC dental crowns in Nashua, NH then it’s time you called Dr. LaRocque to schedule your next appointment. Let us improve your oral health with our amazing CEREC technology.

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