Posts for: December, 2014

By Robert J LaRocque, DDS, FAGD
December 19, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
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As many as three-fourths of Americans have experienced fear or anxiety related to going to the dentist. A smaller portion, about 10 percent, has experienced a more severe form of fear called dental phobia.
 
At our Nashua, NH dentist’s office, our goal is to provide high-quality dental care in a comforting environment. We’ve created our top five list of reasons why you should not be afraid or anxious when you visit our office.
 
1. Dr. LaRocque is an experienced dentist.
 
As a practicing dentist with three decades of experience, Dr. LaRocque understands that patients may have some anxiety and fear related to going to the dentist. His calm and personable chairside manner and dental knowledge have put thousands of his Nashua, NH dentist patients at ease over the years.
 
2. We practice gentle dentistry.
 
A common misconception of dentistry is that all dental procedures have to hurt. The opposite is true. Dental procedures are intended to relieve pain, not cause it. This is especially true for preventive dental exams, which are intended to clean and strengthen teeth with fluoride treatments to prevent pain-causing decay.
 
3. You are caring for your overall health.
 
A trip to the dentist means more than ensuring your teeth look good. Your dental health is important to your overall health. If harmful bacteria build up in your mouth, they can potentially travel to your bloodstream and cause infection. Each time you care for your teeth and make a six-month trip to Dr. LaRocque’s office, you are doing something good for your overall health.
 
4. Your safety and health is our number one concern.
 
At Dr. LaRocque’s office, our patients are number one. If you have dental fears, we invite you to share these with us and we can take steps to relieve anxiety. From soothing music during a cleaning to hand signals that help us identify when you are feeling anxious during a dental procedure, we are here to help.
 
5. We are here to help.
 
Our dental practice focuses on providing patients the best and healthiest outcomes. We are truly here to help you maintain your dental health -- not to hurt. We take measures to keep you as comfortable as possible as all times.
 
For more information on our Nashua, NH dentist’s office or to schedule an appointment, please call (608) 883-6010.

By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S., P.A.
December 15, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Root Canals  

Four root canal myths

You’ve heard all about it—the dreaded root canal. You spend every minute in the dental exam chair hoping your dentist won’t recommend that you have one. Maybe you need root canal treatment, but are sweating bullets just thinking about scheduling the Root Canalappointment. Have you ever stopped to consider why you’re so afraid of having a routine dental surgery?

More than likely, you’ve been fed at least one myth about root canals. It’s time to clear things up and conquer your fears. Dentist Robert J. LaRocque debunks four popular root canal myths.

Myth #1. Having root canal surgery will hurt

The number one fear of people who need to have root canal surgery is that the procedure will be painful, and unfortunately, this fear is enough to make them avoid seeking treatment. However, the procedure actually relieves the pain caused by a damaged root canal. The advancement of technology and anesthetics has made root canal surgery virtually pain free.

Myth #2. You'll be more susceptible to illnesses if I recieve root canal surgery.

This myth surfaced sometime in the 1920s, back before we understood a lot of the medical concepts that we take for common knowledge now. To put it into perspective for you, there were still some doctors using leeches to rid patients of infection, and hospitals had only recently mandated that surgeons wash their hands before cutting people open. This myth was simply the result of one doctor’s speculation, and it was largely discredited by the 1930s. The truth is, there is no medical evidence to suggest that root canal surgery makes anyone more susceptible to disease in any other part of the body.

Myth #3. You're better just pulling the tooth.

Nope. You’re always better off to retain as much of your natural tooth as you possible can. Though dentistry has come a long way in terms of prosthetic tooth restoration, nothing can replicate your teeth exactly. It usually ends up being a lot cheaper to keep your teeth, too.

Myth #4. If you're not in pain, skip the surgery.

Everyone has different thresholds of pain. What might be tolerable to you might actually be a serious condition that threatens to wipe out a number of your natural teeth if you don’t seek treatment. If you need to be reminded of why losing your teeth is bad, see #3 again. Furthermore, root canal surgery is meant to stave off the pain caused by infection. Receiving treatment early can mean that you’ll save yourself a lot of pain in the long run.

To learn more about root canal surgery and dentistry in the Nashua, NH area, call (603) 883-6010 today!