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Posts for: May, 2015


Installing dental implants involves more than the mechanics of placing them into the jawbone. Ultimate success — a natural and beautiful smile — requires painstaking attention to detail and artistry.

Here are a few of the factors we must consider to achieve a smile with dental implants you’ll be proud to display.

The amount of available bone. For the permanent crown to appear natural, it’s crucial to position the implant precisely. To achieve this precision requires an adequate amount of bone to be present. Unfortunately, bone loss is quite common after tooth loss; to minimize this we place bone grafts in the empty socket if at all possible after extraction to encourage bone growth. It’s also possible in some cases to perform bone grafting surgery before implants to build up bone volume.

Your genetic gum tissue type. There are basically two types of gum tissue people are born with: thin or thick. Thin tissues are more subject to wear, difficult to work with during surgery and can make it difficult to hide the metal components of an implant. Thicker tissues are easier to work with, but can have a tendency to overgrow.

Achieving a natural “emergence profile.” To look natural, the implant crown must appear to seamlessly emerge from the surrounding gum tissue. To achieve this, we must carefully plan and place the implant in the precise location in the bone, taking into account the implant shape and how far it should be placed within the bone to match the position and height of adjacent teeth and gum tissues.

Blending color shades with adjacent natural teeth. When it comes to color, everyone has subtle differences in tooth shades and hues. In fact, there are slight color variations within individual teeth, from the root to the tip of the crown. To make sure the implant blends in with adjacent teeth, it’s important to match the color incorporated into the porcelain crown with the natural crowns beside them.

These and other factors require both technical expertise and a sense of artistry. Carefully considering all of them will help ensure your dental implants result in the smile you want.

If you would like more information on smile transformations with dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Matching Teeth & Implants.”

By Nashua Smile Makers
May 26, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Sugar  

Find out why sugar is so dangerous for your smile and how you can avoid it.

Who doesn’t love sugar? In fact, we love it so much that the USDA reports that the average American consumes between 150 to 170 pounds of sugar each year. Your first response might be, “I don’t eat that much sugar”; however, you might surprise yourself with how often it sneaks Sugarinto your daily meals. Your Nashua dentists are here to explain the many ways sugar can wreak havoc on your teeth and what you can do to stop it from happening.

How does sugar affect your smile?

Sugar is the main culprit for cavities. Decay forms by acids produced by the bacteria that live in our mouths. A bit of something sweet, and the bacteria thrives off of it, producing an acid attack that can wear away enamel and weaken your teeth. Over time, sugar can eat away at the enamel and cause cavities.

How can I protect my smile against sugar?

While telling you to avoid desserts, sweets and soda might sound obvious, we can’t preface this advice enough. Of course, it will be difficult to abstain and it’s not also possible all the time. If you do cave and find yourself digging into that after-dinner dessert than your Nashua dentists recommend that you at least be sure to brush your teeth immediately after so the sugar doesn’t stay on your teeth as long.

You should also at least brush twice a day and floss daily to prevent cavities and gum disease. Whether you consume sugar or not you should always follow this rule; however, good oral hygiene ensures that you will remove as much sugar as possible from your teeth and gums.

Read those labels before purchasing foods from the grocery store. You might be surprised to hear that added sugar is found in almost everything by buy. Reduce your chances of consuming more sugar by reading all labels before buying groceries. Sauces, condiments and salad dressings are often chock full of sugar. Swap out sugar-laden dressings with a healthier mix of olive oil and vinegar. Try to make your meals from the most basic, freshest ingredients possible and stay away from frozen or boxed meals.

If you need to quell that sweet tooth opt for sugar-free gum or snacks sweetened with Xylitol, a natural sweetener that is found in fruit. Not only does it have few calories than regular sugar, but it will also keep your teeth safe.

Of course, your oral care regime just wouldn’t be complete without seeing your Nashua dentists regularly for cleanings. If it’s time for your six-month visit, then call Drs. Salvatore Guerriero and Salvatore Colletta today. Nashua Smile Makers will certainly give you something to smile about. Call today at (603) 882-3727.


Imagine how different things would have been for movie star James Dean, had he not managed to replace the front teeth he lost as a youngster. According to one biography of the 1950s heartthrob, Dean's teeth were knocked out while he was swinging around on a homemade trapeze. Because his smile was restored, Dean was able to land the plumb movie roles that catapulted him to stardom.

This is perhaps the ultimate example of how a smile makeover can create new opportunities for a person. But opinion polls confirm that nearly 90% of adults feel an attractive smile is an important social and career asset. And, an almost equal percentage of adults feel that their smile could use some improvement.

Are you unhappy with your smile? Is a smile makeover something you've ever thought about? Dear Doctor magazine has come up with a great list of questions you can ask yourself to figure out if you would benefit from this life-changing experience:

  1. Do you avoid smiling in photos?
  2. Are you conscious about spaces and gaps in your teeth?
  3. Are your teeth making you look older than you feel?
  4. Have you held back a smile?
  5. Do you feel that your teeth are stained or too yellow?
  6. Do you hold your hand up in front of your mouth when speaking or laughing?
  7. Do you notice areas of excessive tooth wear that make your smile look older?
  8. Do you have little teeth and a gummy smile?
  9. Are your teeth crooked, chipped or crowded?
  10. Do you wish you had someone else's smile?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, please come in and see us. We have an amazing array of cosmetic procedures available to us — far more than what was available to James Dean in the 1950s. These options range from relatively inexpensive teeth whitening treatments to more permanent cosmetic solutions such as porcelain crowns and veneers. Together we can come up with a plan to give you the smile you've always dreamed about.

If you would like more information about what a smile makeover could mean for you, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more about smile makeovers by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Beautiful Smiles by Design.” Dear Doctor also has more on “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”