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By Nashua Smile Makers
December 29, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Are you tired of looking in the mirror and seeing a gap in your smile? Dental implants, one of the tooth restoration options offered by your Nashua, NH, dentists, Dr. Salvatore Guerriero and Dr. Salvatore Colletta of Nashua Smile Makers, will transform your smile.

Dental implants help you replace your missing tooth from top to bottom

Dental implants are tiny titanium posts placed in your jawbone during a minor oral surgical procedure. Once in place, the post bonds to the bone in three to six months, which makes it strong enough to serve as the root of your new tooth. A dental crown created from an impression of your mouth restores the top part of your missing tooth. The crown is attached to the dental implant with a connector called an abutment. When both pieces are connected, you'll have a brand-new, fully functioning tooth.

6 reasons you should consider dental implants

Dental implants are an excellent restoration choice for many reasons, including:

  • Longevity: Since your implant bonds to your jawbone, it will probably never need to be replaced. Daily brushing and flossing, in addition to regular visits to the Nashua, NH, dental office for checkups, will help you keep your dental implants in good condition.
  • Cost: Although dental implants may seem a little expensive initially, opting for implants can save you money in the long run. As your implants are permanently replaced to your jawbone, you won't need to replace them every 10 to 15 years, unlike bridges and dentures. (You will need to replace your crowns when they become worn after years of use.)
  • Feel: Dental implants feel like real teeth because they're firmly rooted in your jawbone. Your new tooth won't budge when you chew or speak.
  • Biting Power: A decrease in biting power can occur if your restoration only replaces the crowns of your teeth. Dental implants give you the biting power you need to eat all your favorite foods.
  • Easy Care: You won't need to buy special dental care tools to care for your implant. In fact, you'll treat it just like the rest of your teeth. In addition to thorough brushing, flossing around the base of your tooth is particularly important. If you don't floss, you may be more likely to develop an infection that could loosen the dental implant.
  • Versatility: Dental implants can replace any number of teeth. If you've lost several teeth in a row or wear dentures, implant-supported bridges and dentures are an excellent option.

Complete your smile with dental implants! Schedule an appointment with your dentists in Nashua, NH, Dr. Guerriero, and Dr. Colletta of Nashua Smile Makers, by calling (603) 882-3727.

By Nashua Smile Makers
December 02, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental sealants  

Dr. Salvatore Guerriero and Dr. Salvatore Colletta of Nashua Smile Makers family dentistry in Nashua, NH, provide sealants to protect children's teeth. We can provide your child with gentle care and a beautiful smile.

What are tooth sealants?

Sealants are a great way to protect your child's teeth. Dental sealants are a thin coat that is painted on your child's molars and can prevent cavities for several years. These sealants act as a barrier to protect cavity-prone areas like deep pits and grooves. 

Sealants are bonded to each tooth to ensure that nothing goes inside. This is what makes sealants such a great non-invasive method. It helps children protect their teeth from cavities. Dental sealants are safe for use on children.

When should children get sealants?

Visit your family dentist in Nashua, NH, to have your child fully examined and to determine if sealants are the right choice for your child. A child's first molars appear around the age of six, while second molars appear around the age of 12. The best time to apply sealants is between the ages of six and 12 and is recommended by most dentists.

Sealing teeth as soon as the molars appear will ensure that your child's teeth are protected from decay. According to the CDC, a sealant applied to the surface of a child's teeth protects the teeth for a period of up to two years. During this period, the child's teeth are 80% protected for the first two years and 50% protected for the following four years.

There are several benefits associated with applying sealants to children's teeth:

  • Sealants help children avoid tooth decay
  • The grooves of a child's teeth are protected from food particles
  • Dental sealants are easy and quick to apply. The sealants only take a few minutes to dry
  • Sealants are durable and will last for several years after the first application
  • Sealants are an investment in your child's oral health

If you are concerned about your child's oral health, or simply wish to take a proactive approach in ensuring the health of their teeth, give Dr. Guerriero and Dr. Colletta of Nashua Smile Makers family dentistry in Nashua, NH, a call at (603) 882-3727. 

By Nashua Smile Makers
December 24, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

How you care for your smile today will dictate how healthy it is in the future.

Our smiles do more for us each and every day than we even realize. Our teeth show others when we are happy. They help us communicate with others and they help us eat the foods we love (and the foods that help us grow up healthy and strong). So, it shouldn’t come as much surprise that preventive family dentistry is key to maintaining good oral health, and our Nashua, NH, dentists Dr. Salvatore Guerriero and Dr. Salvatore Colletta provide quality, caring family dentistry to ensure that everyone’s smiles stay healthy.

What is preventive dentistry?

Preventive dentistry focuses on effective care and dental education that can protect smiles from cavities, gum disease, and injury. The goal of our Nashua, NH, family dentistry team is to make sure that everybody gets the preventive dental care they need to show off beautiful smiles for years to come. Common forms of preventive dentistry include:

  • Six-month dental cleanings
  • Annual dental X-rays
  • Oral cancer screening
  • At-home oral care (brushing and flossing)
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet
  • Quitting or avoiding tobacco products
  • Limiting or avoiding alcohol
  • Wearing mouthguards when play sports, especially contact sports
  • Wearing nightguards if you grind your teeth at night while sleeping
  • Dental sealants
  • Fluoride treatment

Some of these habits are ones that you’ll need to perform on your own, while others will require you to visit our family dentists. It’s important that you don’t skip out on your six-month dental cleanings. After all, these cleanings can remove plaque and tartar buildup that has been left behind, which in turn can reduce your risk for decay and gum inflammation.

Everything from what you eat to everyday habits plays a role in how healthy your teeth and gums stay. For example, sugar can cause serious issues for the health of your teeth, which is why it’s important for everyone in your family to limit sodas, desserts, sports drinks, and fruit juices.

If you are looking for additional ways to keep your child or teen’s smiles healthy you should also talk with our dental team about whether they could benefit from fluoride treatment or dental sealants.

Dr. Guerriero and Dr. Colletta are proud to offer comprehensive family dentistry to patients of all ages in Nashua, NH. Whether you are looking for a new family dentist for the family or just need to schedule cleanings for everyone, we are here for you. Give us a call today at (603) 882-3727.

By Nashua Smile Makers
February 20, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Implants  

How dental implants from your dentists in Nashua, NH, can restore your smile

Having dental implants placed may be one of the most important and beneficial choices you will ever make. Dental implants restore your smile and your chewing function, giving you the ability to enjoy eating again, and helping your digestion and overall health. Dental implants also give you back your self-esteem and self-confidence by creating an outstanding, beautiful smile.

Here at Nashua Smile Makers in Nashua, NH, your dentists, Dr. Salvatore Guerriero and Dr. Salvatore Coletta offer dental implant treatment to restore your smile and enhance your life—read on to learn more.

What dental implants can do for you

Your smile is one of your most important assets, and dental implants can give you a memorable smile that gets noticed. You will feel confident, knowing you look your best. You can also get back to enjoying eating the foods you love, without worrying about lost teeth.

People love dental implants because they offer so many benefits. Consider that dental implants:

  • Look naturally beautiful, because the implant crowns are made of light-reflective materials that closely resemble tooth enamel
  • Will never move around, because the implants are surrounded and embedded in bone, making them completely stable
  • Are easy to maintain, because you simply brush and floss them just like natural teeth

This treatment also helps to conserve the jawbone because your body creates more bone to fuse with the dental implants themselves, locking them in place. More bone means a firmer jawline, as well as more youthful facial contours.

Dental implants are also the most successful surgical implant today, boasting a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. That’s because dental implants are made of titanium, a biocompatible material that your body won’t reject. You can count on dental implants to give you a superb tooth replacement.

Contact us

To learn more about the importance of dental implants and how they can restore your smile, call your dentists in Nashua, New Hampshire, Dr. Salvatore Guerriero and Dr. Salvatore Coletta at Nashua Smile Makers at 603-882-3727.

By Nashua Smile Makers
October 28, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Dental crowns cover and support teeth that have been cracked, decayed, or heavily restored in order to give them a new level of strength crown-and-bridgeand beauty. Here at Nashua Smile Makers, your dentists, Dr. Salvatore Guerriero and Dr Salvatore Colletta, use crowns to improve your smile's appearance and restore complete oral function. Read on to learn more about what this restorative treatment can do for you!

 

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap fashioned from high-grade ceramic. After taking oral impressions, photos, and perhaps X-ray screening, your dentist sends your information to a highly-specialized dental lab. Once created, your new crown will protect and support your weak tooth and regularize its shape and size.

 

Are there other uses for crowns?

Yes, the dentists in Nashua Smile Makers use porcelain crowns to affix bridgework to adjoining teeth, to restore dental implants, and to cover teeth healed by root canal therapy.

 

How long does a porcelain crown last?

Of course, everyone is different. However, most crowns last about 10 years, according to the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Guerriero and Dr. Colletta make sure each crown fits properly and that the dental bite is balanced, reducing the incidence of excessive wear, chipping or cracking.

 

How do you care for a dental crown?

If you brush and floss your teeth every day, avoid chewing ice or non-foods (such as the top of your pen or pencil), and see your dentist at Nashua Smile Makers for semi-annual cleanings and exams, you'll do well with your crown. Avoid staining foods and beverages whenever possible, too.

 

Is a crown expensive?

Crown costs have remained relatively stable over the last several years. While they do cost more than fillings or simple extractions, they are well worth the expense. Your dentist encourages crowns to avoid pulling teeth and to give you the best possible personal appearance.

 

Contact us

At Nashua Smile Makers, the professional staff answers patient questions cheerfully and accurately. If you wish to understand how dental crowns could be your best restorative option, please call the office for an appointment: (603) 882-3727.