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Dental implants are considered the best tooth replacement option available. An implant replaces the root of a tooth and allows for the replacement of the crown via attachments or abutments. They not only look like a real tooth, they function like one too.

Implants, though, for some are a significant investment and may be well beyond a person's financial means if they've experienced a sudden tooth loss. For that reason, many opt for a less expensive tooth replacement option like a removable partial denture.

Later when they can afford it, a person might consider an implant. But this could pose a complication. When a tooth is missing for some time, the underlying bone doesn't rejuvenate normally because it no longer receives stimulation from the tooth. Over time, the amount of bone may diminish. Restorations like dentures can't stop this bone loss and actually aggravates it.

For proper positioning, an implant requires a certain amount of bone volume. So, it's quite possible when the time comes to replace the old restoration with an implant that there may not be enough bone available.

We may be able to overcome this bone loss with bone grafting and regeneration. A specialist such as a periodontist or oral surgeon accesses the area surgically and inserts bone graft material, usually processed material that's completely safe. Properly placed, the bone graft serves as a scaffold that, along with growth stimulators, encourages bone cells to grow.

When the bone grafting has healed enough, we're then able to place the implant. Once imbedded in the bone, one of the implant's unique qualities comes into play. The imbedded post is made of the metal titanium, which is not only bio-compatible with body tissues, it also has an affinity with bone. Bone cells will easily grow and adhere to the implant surface. This further boosts bone growth in the area and strengthens the implant's hold.

These extra procedures to build back lost bone do add to the cost and time for installing an implant. But if you're ready for a more permanent restoration for a missing tooth — not to mention better bone health — the extra time and money will be well worth it.

If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


By Nashua Smile Makers
April 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   braces  
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Have you started orthodontic treatment recently? Are you having a little trouble getting used to your braces? If so, you are not alone: Everybody goes through an adjustment period during which they momentarily wonder if they’ll really ever get used to this. Don’t worry — you will! And we’ve never heard anyone say, on the day their braces come off and their new smile is revealed, that they aren’t glad they went the distance. Just ask Houston Rockets all-star center Dwight Howard, who discussed his own orthodontic treatment in a recent interview.

“I’m sure I was no different than anyone else who has ever had braces,” he told Mediaplanet. “At first I hated them so much… That changed once I got used to them and I actually grew to love them.” What’s Howard’s advice? “Do exactly what your orthodontist says and know that the outcome is well worth it in the end.” We couldn’t agree more! Here are some tips for wearing braces comfortably:

  • Hard & Chewy Foods: If you love fresh fruits and vegetables, that’s great; there’s no reason to give them up, just the really hard ones. You don’t want to bite into an apple or carrot or any other hard foods like bagels and pizza that have any “size” to them. Small pieces may be ok as long as they can’t bend your wires. Chewy, sticky candy should really be avoided completely. Same with soda, sports drinks and so-called energy drinks because they contain acids that promote tooth decay and can cause a lot of damage around the braces.
  • Effective Oral Hygiene: Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever, but also more challenging than ever. It’s easy for food to get stuck under wires and around brackets, but failing to remove it can cause tooth decay, gum irritation and soreness. Therefore, the cleaner your teeth and your braces are, the healthier you will be. Use interdental cleaning brushes and/or a floss-threader to get behind your wires. A mouthrinse can also help strengthen teeth and keep bacteria in check. If you have any questions about how to clean between your teeth, please ask for a demonstration at your next visit.
  • Pain Relief: Some soreness at the beginning of orthodontic treatment is normal. To relieve it, you can use an over-the-counter pain reliever and/or a warm washcloth or heating pad placed on the outside of the jaw. If brackets or wires are rubbing against the inside of your cheeks or lips, try applying wax to these areas of your braces. If this does not offer enough relief, we may be able to trim the end of a poking wire. Call us if you need help with this.

Our goal is to make your orthodontic treatment as comfortable as possible on the way to achieving your all-star smile. If you have questions about adjusting to braces, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Caring for Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment.”


By Nashua Smile Makers
April 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

There are so many different ways to makeover your smile with cosmetic dentistry.cosmetic dentistry

Are you looking to give those pearly whites a little refresher? Don’t worry; our Nashua, NH, cosmetic dentists, Dr. Salvatore Guerriero and Dr. Salvatore Colletta, have just the thing. Whether you are looking to make only small cosmetic adjustments or a pretty large makeover, here are just some of the options you have to choose from to revamp your look:

Cosmetic Bonding

Sometimes even the smallest of dental flaws drive you crazy. If you hate that small gap between your teeth, little chips or uneven tooth sizes, our Nashua dentists could easily fix that with a simple procedure known as cosmetic bonding (or dental bonding). The same tooth-colored material used to fill a tooth after a cavity will be used to cover these regions. The material is shaped and trimmed around these areas to cover imperfections. Once the material is shaped it is painlessly hardened in place with a laser.

Teeth Whitening

Put down that at-home whitening kit and turn to us for the brilliantly white smile we know you want but just can’t get with commercial whitening products. While you might notice a slight difference when using these products for weeks on end they cannot compare to the results you’ll achieve with in-office whitening. In just one session we can get smiles several shades whiter. Whether your wedding is coming up or you just want to refresh your smile, teeth whitening could just be the easiest and most convenient way to do it.

Porcelain Veneers

Maybe you have more serious imperfections that cosmetic bonding just can’t handle. That’s okay; you still have other options. In fact, dental veneers can be a great way to address gaps between teeth, cracks and chips, discolorations, unevenness and misshapen/malformed teeth. Think of veneers as fake fingernails for your teeth. By bonding these custom-made restorations to the front portion of your teeth, your smile can be instantly transformed.

Nashua Smile Makers is ready to give you the smile you’ve been hoping for. You don’t have to be born with the perfect smile because getting cosmetic dentistry in Nashua, NH can certainly offer you the natural results you want.