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By Nashua Smile Makers
June 24, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   seniors  
4DentalCareAreastoKeepinMindfortheSeniorAdultinYourLife

Like many people, you might be caring for an elderly parent or family member. That care should include a focus on their teeth and gums — a healthy mouth is vitally important to their overall health, nutrition and well-being. Because of the aging process, this can be challenging.

Here are 4 areas where you should focus your attention to assure the senior adult in your life has the healthiest mouth possible.

Make adjustments for hygiene. As we grow older, arthritis and similar conditions make brushing and flossing difficult to perform. You can help your senior adult keep up these vital tasks by switching to a powered toothbrush or refitting their brush with a bike handle or tennis ball to make gripping easier. Pre-loaded floss holders or water irrigators are effective alternatives to manual flossing if it becomes too difficult.

Have dentures or other appliances checked regularly. Many older people wear full or partial dentures. Due to the nature of these appliances, the risk of bone loss over time is greater, which can eventually affect their fit. Their dentist should check them regularly and reline or repair them if possible. Eventually, they may need a new appliance to match any changing contours in the mouth.

Be aware of age-related dental issues. Age-related conditions of both the mouth and the body (like osteoporosis, which can affect bone density) can impact dental health. For example, an older person can develop lower saliva flow, often due to medications they’re taking. This, as well as gastric reflux common in older people, increases acidity and a higher risk of tooth decay. Past dental work like fillings, crowns or bridges may also make hygiene and additional treatment more difficult.

Keep up regular dental visits. In light of all this, it’s crucial to keep up with regular dental visits for continuing teeth and gum health. Besides cleanings, these visits are also important for monitoring signs of tooth decay, periodontal (gum) disease and oral cancer. It’s also a good opportunity to gauge the effectiveness of their hygiene efforts and suggest adjustments.

If you would like more information on dental care for older adults, 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 “Aging & Dental Health.”


By Salvatore Guerriero, DMD
June 17, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Discover the benefits and results you can enjoy when you choose cosmetic dentistry.

Dental technology has certainly come a long way to producing dental restorations that not only protect and strengthen teeth but also make them look radiant and more attractive. Plus, many of these treatments are resilient, lasting several years. If you are interested in finding out more about getting cosmetic dentistry from your Nashua dentists Dr. Salvatore Guerriero and Dr. Salvatore Colletta, then Cosmetic Dentistryyou’ve come to the right place.

Here are some of the most popular cosmetic dentistry treatments we offer:

Composite Bonding: Not all cosmetic dentistry has to be invasive or time-consuming. In fact, little issues that only affect your smile’s appearance can often be tackled through this inexpensive and non-invasive treatment. A tooth-colored resin is applied and molded over the tooth and then hardened with a dental laser to mask minor imperfections. And the best part: bonding doesn’t require needles or anesthesia. Hide stubborn discolorations, cracks, chips and small gaps between teeth with dental bonding.

Teeth Whitening: Want to wipe away dental stains and get a whiter smile fast? Now you can in as little as one whitening session when you choose in-office whitening right here in our Nashua dental office. Through the use of a highly concentrated whitening gel and a dental laser we can activate the gel and speed up the whitening process so you get a smile that is several shades whiter in just one hour.

Dental Veneers: Sometimes there are discolorations that whitening just can’t tackle or chips and cracks that dental bonding isn’t right for. In this case, dental veneers might be the best option. These thin shells of porcelain are applied over the front of a tooth or teeth to conceal flaws and improve the shape, color and overall appearance of your smile. Before the veneers are applied, a small amount of enamel must be removed to accommodate the additional volume of the veneers, but this can usually be completed without even needing anesthesia.

Dental Implants: Missing one or more permanent teeth can have quite an effect on your appearance, but there are so many options that make it easier than ever to replace a missing tooth. While dentures and dental bridges are still a great option, implants have gained popularity because they are more durable and last significantly longer than other tooth replacement options. Talk to your Nashua cosmetic dentist about whether dental implants are the right option for you.

Turn to Nashua Smile Makers in Nashua, NH to get the brilliant smile you know you deserve. Call our office today to schedule your cosmetic consultation. You’ll be glad you did!


By Nashua Smile Makers
June 09, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
AToothlessTiger

Let’s say you’re traveling to Italy to surprise your girlfriend, who is competing in an alpine ski race… and when you lower the scarf that’s covering your face, you reveal to the assembled paparazzi that one of your front teeth is missing. What will you do about this dental dilemma?

Sound far-fetched? It recently happened to one of the most recognized figures in sports — Tiger Woods. There’s still some uncertainty about exactly how this tooth was taken out: Was it a collision with a cameraman, as Woods’ agent reported… or did Woods already have some problems with the tooth, as others have speculated? We still don’t know for sure, but the big question is: What happens next?

Fortunately, contemporary dentistry offers several good solutions for the problem of missing teeth. Which one is best? It depends on each individual’s particular situation.

Let’s say that the visible part of the tooth (the crown) has been damaged by a dental trauma (such as a collision or a blow to the face), but the tooth still has healthy roots. In this case, it’s often possible to keep the roots and replace the tooth above the gum line with a crown restoration (also called a cap). Crowns are generally made to order in a dental lab, and are placed on a prepared tooth in a procedure that requires two office visits: one to prepare the tooth for restoration and to make a model of the mouth and the second to place the custom-manufactured crown and complete the restoration. However, in some cases, crowns can be made on special machinery right in the dental office, and placed during the same visit.

But what happens if the root isn’t viable — for example, if the tooth is deeply fractured, or completely knocked out and unable to be successfully re-implanted?

In that case, a dental implant is probably the best option for tooth replacement. An implant consists of a screw-like post of titanium metal that is inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Titanium has a unique property: It can fuse with living bone tissue, allowing it to act as a secure anchor for the replacement tooth system. The crown of the implant is similar to the one mentioned above, except that it’s made to attach to the titanium implant instead of the natural tooth.

Dental implants look, function and “feel” just like natural teeth — and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Although they may be initially expensive, their quality and longevity makes them a good value over the long term. A less-costly alternative is traditional bridgework — but this method requires some dental work on the adjacent, healthy teeth; plus, it isn’t expected to last as long as an implant, and it may make the teeth more prone to problems down the road.

What will the acclaimed golfer do? No doubt Tiger’s dentist will help him make the right tooth-replacement decision.

If you have a gap in your grin — whatever the cause — contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation, and find out which tooth-replacement system is right for you. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Crowns & Bridgework.”