Posts for category: Dental Procedures

By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
January 02, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Before dental implants, dentists provided patients with dentures as a way to replace missing teeth. Today, we're fortunate enough to haveDental Implants an oral appliance that can both improve your appearance and dental functionality while also lasting a lifetime. Your dentist, Dr. Robert J LaRocque, DDS, FAGD, provides dental implants from his Nashua, NH, office—read below to learn more about the procedure!

More About Dental Implants

These synthetic structures replace missing tooth roots, an important task, as roots stimulate your jawbone, keeping it strong. Without roots, your jawbone weakens, shrinks, and may even collapse, which causes facial sagging and is detrimental to functions like biting and chewing.

Dental implants are used for several procedures. They anchor bridges and dentures, and have four specific components to their structure:

  • Titanium Post
  • Screw
  • Abutment
  • Crown

The titanium post is placed into the jawbone, screws are placed in the post to anchor the abutment, and finally, a crown that matches your other teeth will be placed on top.

Implant Benefits

Due to how dental implants replace missing roots, they offer advantages that other options don't, such as:

  • Causing no changes to your jawbone
  • Creating a stable foundation for your crown
  • Providing a better option for your budget because of their longevity

Dental Implant Candidates

Dental implants mimic natural-looking teeth, but not everyone is a good candidate for dental implants. Good candidates need to have,

  • Proper bone density, although a bone graft can provide a fix if this is an issue
  • A strong immune system
  • Good oral health and
  • A proper dental hygiene regimen

Dental Implant Care

  • Get professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months
  • Use fluoride-containing products like toothpaste and mouthwash to prevent gum disease and tooth decay
  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Floss at least once before bed
  • Avoid drinking too much coffee and tea
  • Stop chewing tobacco and smoking

Interested? Call our Nashua, NH, Office Today!

Interested in restoring your smile with dental implants? Call (603) 883-6010 to schedule an appointment in Nashua, NH, today!

By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
August 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cerec   crowns   veneers  

Would you like to improve the appearance of your smile but don't have time for multiple dental appointments? Thanks to innovative cerec crownsCEREC technology, you can get a crown or veneer in just one visit. Nashua, NH, cosmetic dentist Dr. Robert LaRocque helps his patients improve their smiles with CEREC crowns and veneers.

What is CEREC?

Chairside economical restoration of esthetic ceramics (CEREC) allows dentists to create crowns and veneers in their offices while patients wait. The innovative technique uses computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) to produce the restorations.

How does CEREC work?

Crowns and veneers used to require two visits to your Nashua dentist. During the first appointment, your tooth was prepared and an impression of your mouth was made. Although the impression was immediately sent to a dental laboratory for fabrication of your crown or veneer, you had to wait about two weeks to receive your permanent restoration.

CEREC eliminates the dental lab and the waiting period. Your dentist uses a camera to make a digital impression of your mouth, designs your restoration, then sends it the in-office milling machine. The milling machine removes layers from a block of ceramic or porcelain to produce your new restoration.

What are the benefits of CEREC?

CEREC offers several important benefits, including:

  • No Need for Multiple Visits: It's not always easy to get time off approved, even for dental visits. Thanks to CEREC's speedy process, you'll only need to schedule one appointment if you need a crown or veneer.
  • Speedy Process: Producing your crown or veneer only takes about an hour.
  • No Temporary Crown or Veneers: Temporary crowns are crucial if you receive a traditional crown. Although the crowns protect your teeth and allow you to chew normally, they aren't as tough as permanent crowns and require special care to prevent breaking or loosening them. In some cases, dentists also apply temporary veneers to teeth. Neither of these temporary restorations is needed when you choose CEREC crowns or bridges.

Are you ready to improve your appearance with a CEREC crown or veneer? Call Nashua, NH, cosmetic dentist Dr. Robert LaRocque at (603) 883-6010 to schedule your appointment.

By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
May 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry  

That gorgeous smile could be just around the corner thanks to cosmetic dentistry in Nashua.cosmetic dentistry

No, you don’t have to be a Hollywood star or part of the rich and famous in order to get the smile you want. We know that most people aren’t born with the perfect smile and that, many times, problems arise over time that can put a damper on its appearance. Fortunately, our Nashua, NH, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Robert LaRocque, offers many ways in which to help:

Dental Bonding

During dental bonding, a tooth-colored material is applied to minor cracks, chips, discolorations, unevenness, and gaps between teeth to improve the shape, size, and color of a tooth. Bonding is a simple, non-invasive procedure that offers an easy and minimal approach to giving you an improved smile without all the in-depth cosmetic treatments. The tooth-colored resin is applied, molded, and shaped over the problem area and then hardened with a laser. It’s that simple!

Tooth/Gum Reshaping

Sometimes one or more teeth stand out from the rest because they are a bit too pointy or long. Or perhaps you find that your gumline is uneven or that you suffer from a “gummy” smile that makes you embarrassed. Don’t worry; we can help. By painlessly removing small amounts of enamel from a tooth we can make teeth shorter and even with the rest of your smile. We can also remove excess gum tissue, making teeth appear longer while also eliminating that awkward gummy smile.

Teeth Whitening

At some point, during our lifetime we could all use a little spruce up when it comes to the whiteness of our smile. Teeth tend to lose their luster over time due to aging, the foods and drinks we consume and certain habits like smoking. If you are looking for the faster and most effective whitening approach then you’ll want to turn to in-office whitening.

Our system offers one of the most powerful whitening gels on the market. This gel not only remove stains from the enamel and dentin layers of the tooth but also it alters the shade of your teeth, giving you an actually brighter smile in often just a single one-hour whitening session.

Dental Veneers

These ultra-thin tooth-colored shells are bonded over the front surface of the teeth to alter the overall shape, size, alignment, and color of your smile. If your cosmetic flaws are just a little more than bonding and tooth reshaping can handle then veneers may be the best approach. Each veneer is custom-made to cover your tooth. Whether you want to get a smile full of veneers or you just want to cover one awkward tooth, these simple restorations could help give you the ideal smile.

Don’t let a less-than-perfect smile get the better of you. Turn to our helpful, caring dental team in Nashua, NH, to help you get your dream smile. Call us today to let us know that you are interested in getting cosmetic dentistry.

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.
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.