Posts for tag: restorative 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.

By Robert J. LaRocque, DDS, P.A.
April 28, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Until recently, a missing tooth’s only option for replacement was using dentures or a dental bridge. These sometimes clumsy dental dental implantsappliances are not completely permanent and, while they do replace the teeth aesthetically, could do more harm than good physically. However, dental implant technology reverses the irreversible, simultaneously replacing a missing tooth and its root in one fell swoop. Learn more about this process with help from your Nashua, NH dentist, Dr. Robert J. LaRocque, DDS, MAGD.

The Parts of a Dental implant
Dental implants are broken up into three main parts:

  • Fixture: The implant’s fixture is a small, titanium tube which your dentist surgically implants into the jawbone below a missing tooth. The fixture replaces a missing tooth’s root. During the healing process, the fixture integrates into the bone to become part of it. This provides a sturdy foundation for the replacement tooth.
  • Abutment: The implant’s abutment connects the replacement root, the fixture, to the replacement tooth, the crown.
  • Crown: The implant’s replacement tooth is simply a porcelain dental crown created in a dental laboratory by a lab technician. The crown attaches to the fixture via the abutment.

What can I expect during the dental implants procedure? 
Dental implants require several dental appointments to complete. The process is usually broken up into two phases. The first phase is the planning and surgery stage. Your dentist takes a mold of your mouth to ensure the crown has a perfect fit and natural look. Surgery to implant the fixture into the bone takes place during the first phase. The second phase involves healing and placement of the dental crown. The healing process takes several months. It is important not to rush this stage as proper integration over time is crucial to the success of your implant. Additionally, the time between the two phases allows the dental laboratory to create the crown. Once healed, your dentist attaches the crown to the implant, and your new tooth is ready to withstand everyday use.

What can dental implants do for me? 
Implants can replace one or many teeth. To replace multiple teeth, your dentist uses a dental restoration resembling a dental bridge with one implant on either end. This leaves the natural teeth intact rather than using them to anchor the restoration in place. To replace all of the teeth in an arch, strategically placed implants throughout the mouth hold a permanent or removable full denture in place. Your dentist can help you determine which treatment plan most benefits your situation.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Robert J. LaRocque, DDS, MAGD, in Nashua, NH. Call (603) 883-6010 to speak with an associate about scheduling a consultation for dental implants today!