By Robert J. LaRocque, D.D.S.
April 10, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry  

Say “yes” to a brand new smile with help from our Nashua, NH, cosmetic dentist.

Getting a beautiful smile doesn’t have to be difficult. Our Nashua, NH, dentist Dr. Robert LaRocque offers a wide range of treatment Cosmetic dentistryoptions to cater to each individual’s smile needs. Want to make small adjustments? Need to get a full smile makeover? No problem. Sit down with us and we can easily create the cosmetic treatment plan that’s right for you.

Not sure which type of cosmetic dentistry is right for you? Answer these simple questions to find out how we can help you:

Q. Do you have stains caused by certain foods and drinks that at-home whitening toothpastes just can’t touch? If you said yes then professional chairside teeth whitening might be the ideal option for getting your smile whiter in just a single one-hour session.

Q. Do you have stains and discolorations that are internal and cannot be treated with professional whitening? If you said yes then dental veneers can be bonded to the front of these discolored teeth to give you a perfectly radiant smile when whitening just can’t cut it.

Q. Do you have short teeth or a “gummy smile”? If so, our Nashua, NH, cosmetic dentist can remove this excess gum tissue to reveal more of your teeth hiding underneath. This simple procedure is known as gum contouring or reshaping and it can give you a more symmetrical smile.

Q. Do you have gaps between teeth or minor crookedness? If you want to fix these issues you can choose to get Invisalign, which will straighten your smile through a series of clear, custom-fitted aligners, or you can choose to cover your smile with dental veneers, which can also fix minor misalignment issues.

Q. Do you have chips, cracks or discolorations? If the problems you are dealing with are minor or only affect a single tooth then dental bonding may be all you require. This is a very simple, inexpensive and non-invasive way to cover these little areas with a tooth-colored resin that can be matched and shaped to your tooth to hide these problems.

If you are interested in improving the appearance of your smile then it’s time to contact our cosmetic dental experts in Nashua, NH. We would be happy to schedule a consultation with you. Give yourself the gift of a beautiful smile.

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.
October 18, 2018
Category: Invisalign
Tags: invisalign  

You've probably heard about Invisalign, the revolutionary way to straighten your teeth with lightweight, flexible plastic aligners that are invisalignpractically invisible to other people. If you've considered Invisalign, you probably have a lot of questions, most likely including, "will Invisalign work for me?" Read below to learn some of the criteria that will determine if Invisalign is a good fit for you and call Dr. Robert LaRocque, your dentist in Nashua, New Hampshire, if you think you qualify!

Degree of misalignment

Teeth with gaps, rotation, or mild crowding typically respond very well to the process behind Invisalign. However, severe overbites and underbites are usually due to an abnormality in the way the jaw has grown rather than the position of the teeth. In cases such as these, traditional braces and other orthodontic treatments are more appropriate. With X-rays and an examination, your Nashua dentist can determine the extent of your alignment issues and the most effective treatment for them.

Age

During childhood and the early teen years, the jaw is still growing and the placement of the teeth is still unfinished. Therefore, people are advised against Invisalign until they have reached the late teens or early twenties. Prior to that, misalignment should be treated with the goal of guiding the growth pattern of the teeth and jaw.

Commitment

Another age-related issue to consider before choosing Invisalign: the amount of commitment needed to make it work! For best results, your Nashua dentist will recommend wearing your aligners for no less than 20 to 22 hours each day. For younger patients, it may be too tempting to remove them more often, interrupting the treatment process. Because the aligners are lightweight and thin, misplacing or losing them is also a risk.

Interested? Call Today!

If you'd like to learn more about Invisalign from Dr. Laroque, contact our office in Nashua, New Hampshire at (603) 883-6010 to set up an appointment 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.
June 05, 2018
Category: Invisalign
Tags: invisalign  

Invisalign TrayIf you are a teenager or adult in need of orthodontic treatment, the decision can be complicated. On the one hand, there is a straighter, more attractive smile on the other side of braces. But the drawbacks that come with getting braces after a certain age often scare people away from getting the dental care they need and want. If you need orthodontic treatment but don't want to get braces, Invisalign might be exactly what you've been looking for. Dr. Robert LaRocque, a dentist in Nashua, NH, recommends Invisalign for teenagers and adults looking for a more discreet and less invasive alternative to braces.

Get a Smile Makeover with Invisalign in Nashua, NH

In addition to the cosmetic issues, braces can affect everything from your diet to your oral hygiene habits. Because Invisalign trays are removable for up to two hours each day, you can continue to eat whatever you want and brush and floss your teeth, as usual, to protect your oral health during the treatment period.

How Invisalign Works

Once your dentist determines that Invisalign is a good option for you, a series of custom aligner trays will be designed for your specific needs. Each tray is typically worn for approximately two weeks, gradually shifting your teeth into alignment. Once the two week period is up, you replace the old tray with the next one in the series, until the treatment is completed. Depending on your situation and particular alignment needs, an Invisalign treatment can be as short as 12 months. Even if your treatment time with Invisalign is slightly longer than a year, it will still be shorter than what you might expect with traditional metal braces depending on your teeth. With Invisalign, you can continue to smile and enjoy life while your smile gradually begins to improve.

Find a Dentist in Nashua, NH

To learn more about Invisalign clear aligners, contact our office by calling 603-883-6010 to schedule an appointment with Dr. LaRocque today.





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