By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
March 13, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Has tooth loss impacted how you look and feel about yourself? is your oral function less than satisfactory? Would you like to close your dental implantssmile gaps? If so, see Dr. Robert LaRocque in Nashua, NH for dental implants. Strong, long-lasting, realistic and versatile, these tooth replacements recreate smiles so well, you'll forget you ever had a problem.

The finest artificial tooth

Made up of a titanium root inserted into the jaw, a metal alloy extension post and customized porcelain crown, the dental implant functions just like a real tooth, and to the everyday observer, it resembles one as well.

According to the American Dental Association, dentists across the United States place about five million dental implants annually. Of this number, most will stay in place and function for decades.

The reason for their success is a process called osseointegration. When Dr. LaRocque places the implant screw, immediately the jaw bone starts to meld to it. Conventional dentures and bridgework just rest on top of the gums, often slipping and shifting because they are not integrated with the jaw.

Getting an implant

Many people qualify for dental implants. Dr. LaRocque ensures a patient's suitability by performing a complete oral exam and taking X-rays. The jaw bone must be dense enough to support the implant device. If the bone is weak, the dentist may add donor bone or other augmentation material to build up the jaw.

To proceed with the treatment, the dentist uses a local anesthetic to numb the area. Then, he opens the gums and creates an opening in the bone. He inserts the implant device and sutures the area closed. Healing takes several weeks to months but ensures the implant is firmly integrated into the bone.

During the return visit, Dr. LaRocque reopens the site and bonds the abutment and crown in place. Now this marvelous tooth replacement is complete.

Keeping it viable

Over ninety-five percent of implant procedures succeed. However, to keep an implant strong and the site healthy, the patient must brush twice a day and floss daily to keep tartar and plaque from accumulating. Check-ups and cleanings every six months with Dr. LaRocque help maintain it, too.

Also, if you smoke, try to quit with a monitored tobacco cessation program through your primary care physician. Cigarette smoke degrades the gums and bone around implant sites and may cause failure of the device.

Other uses

Dental implants anchor bridgework and partial and full dentures, too. So if have extensive tooth loss, implant-supported prosthetics may be your solution.

Smile, smile, smile

You can when you close those gaps with dental implants from Dr. Robert LaRocque in Nashua, NH. Call 603-883-6010 for a consultation, and get all your questions answered by the experts in state-of-the-art dentistry.

By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
December 27, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Toothache  

When you have a major toothache, doing the most basic activities like eating, talking, or just taking an afternoon nap can be a major chore.toothache Some patients who have dental anxiety allow the pain to go on until it’s completely unbearable. It is best to address a toothache as soon as possible so that you can get back to normal living. Learn how you can treat a toothache with help from Dr. Robert LaRocque at his Nashua, NH dentist office.

What Causes Toothaches?
A toothache is caused by some type of inflammation or irritation of the nerves that are inside of a tooth. It is often due to some form of tooth decay, but in some cases a toothache starts after an injury. Some tooth pains happen because something is lodged between the teeth. In some cases, dental pain will go away on its own, but if it persists, worsens, or reoccurs, that may be a sign that you need dental treatment as soon as possible.

How a Toothache Is Treated
In most cases, your Nashua dentist will treat a toothache with a root canal or cavity filling. During a root canal, the tissue that is inflaming the nerves in your tooth is removed and the area is cleared of all bad bacteria. While you may experience some discomfort after this treatment, the pain will subside substantially and you can get back to eating, drinking, and talking normally. 

Avoiding Toothaches in the Future
There are a few things that you can do to avoid future problems with toothaches. Here are a few suggestions:

- Brush all of the surfaces of your teeth thoroughly, especially the molars where cavities and decay are most common.
- Eat foods that help strengthen the enamel and keep the mouth clean (crunchy vegetables, calcium-rich cheese, yogurt, leafy greens).
- Avoid sugary foods that can degrade the tooth enamel.
- Start a smoking cessation program (no tobacco products).
- See your dentist at the first sign of a problem, even if it's a minor ache.

Get Treatment from Dr. LaRocque
Don't let a toothache consume your days and nights. Get help from Dr. LaRocque at his Nashua, NH dentist office today by calling (603) 883-6010.

By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
October 17, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Most sports injuries involving children and teens involve hard contact, say health experts at John Hopkins University. Parents, you're not athletic mouthguardsurprised, are you? You've been in the ER for an ankle sprain from football, and you worry about concussions from soccer. What about oral injuries? Well, they rank high on the list of sports injuries, too, leading to the question, "Does my child need an athletic mouth guard?" Why not ask your Nashua, NH dentist, Dr. Robert LaRocque?

More than broken teeth

Basically, your dentist in Nashua will tell you that yes, your child needs an athletic mouthguard, and it's not just for wrestling, martial arts or football. The American Dental Association (ADA) says that children, teens and adults should wear custom-made mouth guards for other types of physical activities such as biking, lifting weights, gymnastics and running. While we may not think these sports threaten our oral health, they really can.

For instance, children fall off bikes--often face first, fracturing jaws, cutting the lips and tongue and knocking out teeth. Running and weight lifting exert tremendous pressures on the jaw and teeth because children and teens typically clench and grind their teeth while exerting themselves physically. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMD, may occur over time.

The ADA goes on to say that kids and adults benefit from mouth guards because these appliances:

  • Cushion teeth and gums
  • Cover teeth (and braces)
  • Protect against blows to the mouth and jaw
  • Help avoid concussions and other head injuries

Additionally, for younger children who still have many primary teeth, mouth guards protect against premature loss and the misalignment, speech and nutritional problems that often accompany missing baby teeth.

Types of athletic mouth guards

By far the best kind of athletic mouth guard for your child is one he or she wears consistently. So Dr. La Rocque and his caring team urge parents to instill the mouth guard habit early on in a child's development, along with car seats, seat belts and other precautions.

Also, your Nashua dentist asks you to avoid drug store "boil and bite" guards. Typically, they are made from lower quality materials, and because they are a modified one-size-fits-all appliance, fit and durability are not optimal.

Rather, your best bet is a custom-crafted acrylic mouth guard from your dentist. These appliances fit perfectly, feel comfortable and allow your child to breathe freely. Dr. LaRocque will examine your child's mouth and take careful oral impressions to ensure proper size and fit. He'll also check your child's appliance at his or her semi-annual exam and cleaning appointment.

Keep smiling

You and your child can when you protect his or her teeth and gums with a custom-made athletic mouth guard. For more information or to arrange a consultation, contact Dr. LaRocque in Nashua, NH at (603) 883-6010.

By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
August 23, 2017
Tags: invisalign   Clear Braces  

Discover how this nearly invisible aligner system could straighten your smile.Invisalign


You’ve decided it’s time to say goodbye to your crooked smile but maybe you are worried about getting braces as an adult. While more and more adults are choosing to get braces later in life, the idea wearing metal braces is not very appealing. Our Nashua, NH, dentist Dr. Robert LaRocque knows this, which is why we are pleased to offer a much more discreet solution.

How Invisalign Works

Instead of the bracket-and-wire approach that traditional braces take, Invisalign uses a set of custom-made clear aligners that are made specifically to fit over your upper and/or lower teeth. Since aligners are created based on digital images of your teeth, they will provide the proper force they need to shift teeth into the proper position.

Each set of aligners is designed to shift teeth a very specific amount over the course of the two weeks they are worn. After which, you’ll replace the current aligners for the next set of aligners in your plan. Over time, you’ll be able to see the wonderful changes that Invisalign is making to correct your smile.

Invisalign Candidates

Most people think that Invisalign can’t fix many dental issues, but this is simply incorrect. In fact, Invisalign can fix everything from minor to more serious misalignments. You may want to consider getting Invisalign in Nashua, NH, if you are dealing with:

  • Crookedness
  • Overlapping or crowding
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites

If you are dealing with one of the above issues and want to straighten your smile then it’s time you talked to our Nashua, NH, general dentist about whether Invisalign is right for you. This treatment is also a great option for older teens and adults but isn’t ideal for children and young teens (whose teeth are still growing).

Certain misalignments that require intricate tooth movements or any pre-existing dental work (e.g. dental bridges) may make it impossible to get Invisalign. When you come into our office we will be able to determine whether or not Invisalign is the best choice for you.

Do you have questions about Invisalign? Want to find out if you are the ideal candidate for this treatment? Then it’s time you called our Nashua, NH, dental office to schedule an orthodontic consultation with us.

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!

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