Posts for: September, 2014

By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S., P.A.
September 23, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Teeth Whitening  
There's nothing that's quite as inspiring at 6 o'clock in the morning as that first, hot cup of “joe.” The smell is amazing and the taste is delectable, but unfortunately coffee is not a friend to the enamel of your teeth. Learn more about why coffee stains your smile and how you can avoid or fix tooth discoloration with cosmetic dental services in Nashua by Dr. Robert J LaRocque.
 

Smile ImageWhy Does Coffee Stain?

The surface of your teeth looks smooth when you look in the mirror, but if you were to look at it with a high-powered microscope you’d see that it actually has many ridges and pores. Those ridges allow liquids in that can change the color of the teeth. There are three simple reasons why coffee is at the top of the list of foods that can stain your teeth:
  • It's a liquid
  • It's very hot
  • It has a very dark pigment
All of these factors make it much easier for coffee to penetrate the enamel of the teeth and cause staining. Even if you put milk in your coffee, it has the same potential to cause discoloration.
 

Ways to Prevent Discoloration Over Time

As damaging as coffee can be to the shade of your teeth when you drink it every day, there are a few ways to prevent or reduce the chance of discoloration in advance of scheduling an appointment for cosmetic dental services in Nashua by Dr. LaRocque. For one, whenever possible you should use a straw when drinking your coffee. Also, after drinking your morning cup of coffee, go to the bathroom to rinse your teeth with water and baking soda or mouthwash.
 
It also helps to use a good whitening toothpaste in the morning and before bed to counteract the effects of coffee.
 

Whiten Your Teeth with Cosmetic Dentistry

If coffee and other staining-causing food and beverages have already stained your teeth, your best bet is to have them whitened. If you want significantly whiter teeth in a short period of time, contact Dr. Robert J LaRocque’s Nashua dental office for a consultation. Dr. LaRocque offers a popular professional teeth whitening service at his cosmetic dentistry in Nashua using a high-powered bleaching gel that improves the shade of your teeth by up to 10 shades. If you would like to request an appointment, click Appointment Request here.
 
How do you keep your teeth white? We would love to hear from you!

By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S., P.A.
September 23, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Dental Implants ImageWhen it comes to modern dental technology, Dr. Robert LaRocque is dedicated to bringing in state-of-the-art equipment to his Nashua area practice so patients can get top-notch dental services. And advanced technology is key to assisting with advanced dental treatments. In our office, we offer some of the most popular restorative procedures in the field, including a dental implant. Multiple studies have revealed that a permanent tooth replacement procedure is up to 98 percent successful, and we ensure precise dental implant placement with the help of 3-D cone beam scanning. 
 

What is 3-D Cone Beam?

It’s a three-dimensional scan of a patient’s teeth and surrounding jaw structure. Getting precise dimensions of your dental makeup helps us determine the position of the implant, and we can take the neighboring teeth into consideration. And it only takes roughly 15 seconds. This imaging software also allows Dr. LaRocque to rule out any dental abnormalities because studies show that cone beam scanning can find 25 percent more dental abnormalities than traditional X-rays. 
 
We will also be able to measure and evaluate your precise bone density and structure, as well as move, manipulate and magnify an aspect of the 3-D image to determine if an implant is a good option for you. In short, three-dimensional images and software make treatment planning much easier for the patient and dentist.
 

More Information on Dental Implants

Now that you understand the technologies we use to ensure your implants are perfect, here is the procedure for the placement of the implants:
  • Dental implants are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, which is the first step to anchoring a synthetic crown. 
  • We wait for the bone to heal and attach to the implant. 
  • We add an abutment to the screw-like implant. The abutment is the element that connects the implant and synthetic crown. 
To learn more about 3-D cone bean imaging and our dental implant procedure, contact our Nashua dental office at (603)883-6010 or click here for an appointment: schedule an appointment
 
Have you ever had a dental implant? Was 3-D cone imaging used? We would love to hear what you think about this new technology!