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Posts for: February, 2017

By Nashua Smile Makers
February 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Everyone has to face the music at some time — even John Lydon, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols, arguably England’s best known punk rock band. The 59-year old musician was once better known by his stage name, Johnny Rotten — a brash reference to the visibly degraded state of his teeth. But in the decades since his band broke up, Lydon’s lifelong deficiency in dental hygiene had begun to cause him serious problems.

In recent years, Lydon has had several dental surgeries — including one to resolve two serious abscesses in his mouth, which left him with stitches in his gums and a temporary speech impediment. Photos show that he also had missing teeth, which, sources say, he opted to replace with dental implants.

For Lydon (and many others in the same situation) that’s likely to be an excellent choice. Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement today, for some very good reasons. The most natural-looking of all tooth replacements, implants also have a higher success rate than any other method: over 95 percent. They can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch (top or bottom row) of teeth. And with only routine care, they can last for the rest of your life.

Like natural teeth, dental implants get support from the bone in your jaw. The implant itself — a screw-like titanium post — is inserted into the jaw in a minor surgical operation. The lifelike, visible part of the tooth — the crown — is attached to the implant by a sturdy connector called an abutment. In time, the titanium metal of the implant actually becomes fused with the living bone tissue. This not only provides a solid anchorage for the prosthetic, but it also prevents bone loss at the site of the missing tooth — which is something neither bridgework nor dentures can do.

It’s true that implants may have a higher initial cost than other tooth replacement methods; in the long run, however, they may prove more economical. Over time, the cost of repeated dental treatments and periodic replacement of shorter-lived tooth restorations (not to mention lost time and discomfort) can easily exceed the expense of implants.

That’s a lesson John Lydon has learned. “A lot of ill health came from neglecting my teeth,” he told a newspaper reporter. “I felt sick all the time, and I decided to do something about it… I’ve had all kinds of abscesses, jaw surgery. It costs money and is very painful. So Johnny says: ‘Get your brush!’”

We couldn’t agree more. But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants. If you would like more information about dental implants, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?

By Nashua Smile Makers
February 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns  

Repairing a decayed tooth may be as simple as removing the damaged tooth material and filling the void. Many filling materials can now match the color of a tooth, so the dental work is hardly noticeable.

Sometimes, though, the decay is too extensive or we've treated the tooth several times and it won't support another filling. If the tooth is still viable, we may be able to cover it with a custom crown.

Also known as a cap, a crown fits over and is securely affixed to the tooth with bonding material or cement. Crowns have been used for decades to restore teeth, but the materials they're made of have changed with time.

The original crowns were made of metal, usually gold or silver. They were strong and could hold up well to the daily forces produced by chewing or biting. They did, however, visually stand out and came to be regarded as unattractive. There were porcelain materials available that could closely mimic the life-likeness of teeth, but they could be weak and brittle.

Dentists came up with a hybrid crown that could supply strength as well as an attractive appearance. These were composed of two parts: an inner metal frame for strength overlaid with porcelain for appearance. These fused crowns were the most popular until the mid-2000s.

About that time, newer forms of porcelain came on the market that were not only attractive, but also durable. Although caution should still be taken when biting something hard, they've proven to stand up well to biting forces. Fused porcelain to metal is still in use, but usually for back teeth where biting forces are higher and the crown won't be as noticeable as on front teeth.

Crowns can also address cosmetic issues with chipped, fractured or excessively worn teeth. But with any crown you should be aware that much of the original tooth material must be removed to accommodate the fit. The altered tooth will require a crown or other restoration from then on. Crowns must also be custom-made by a dental technician in a process that can take weeks.

Still, the process can be well worth it. With proper care and maintenance, a crown could serve you and your smile well for many years to come.

If you would like more information on crowns and other restoration options, 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 “Crowns & Bridgework.”

By Nashua Smile Makers
February 03, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene  

A beautiful smile looks great, but it can also be an indication of strong teeth and a healthy mouth. Are you caring for your smile as you oral hygieneshould? Things you can do to properly care for your smile include practicing good oral hygiene, limiting consumption of sugary foods and drinks, and visiting a dentist regularly. Nashua Smile Makers provides family dentistry services in Nashua, NH. At Nashua Smile Makers, Dr. Salvatore Guerriero and Dr. Salvatore Colletta can help you care for your smile.

Practicing Good Oral Hygiene at Nashua, NH

Maintaining good oral hygiene on a daily basis is an important aspect of caring for your smile. You can practice good oral hygiene at home by brushing with a fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day. Brushing helps remove trapped food particles and bacteria to help prevent tooth decay. Using a fluoride mouth rinse and flossing daily can also help keep your teeth and mouth clean.

In addition to practicing good oral hygiene at home, it is also important to schedule regular dental checkups. Seeing a Nashua family dentist every six months is the best way to ensure that your teeth are strong and healthy. Dental checkups include a professional cleaning, which is the only way to remove tartar build up. Tartar cannot be removed at home by brushing and flossing. If tartar is not removed, gum disease and tooth decay will eventually follow.

Limiting Sugary Foods & Drinks

Sugary foods and drinks can contribute to the development of gum disease and tooth decay. The best way to care for your smile is to limit these items in your diet or eliminate them altogether. The sugar in things like soda, cookies, candy, ice cream and other treats mixes with the bacteria already in your mouth to form an acid. The acid causes problems by breaking down tooth enamel so that it becomes weak and more vulnerable to tooth decay. For kids, their teeth are even more susceptible because the enamel on their teeth is not fully developed yet.

To best care for your smile, you need to practice good oral hygiene, maintain a healthy diet and visit a dentist regularly. At Nashua Smile Makers, your Nashua, NH, family dentistry providers, Dr. Guerriero and Dr. Colletta can help your entire family maintain strong teeth and a healthy smile. Call (603) 882-3727 to schedule an appointment.