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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 21, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   pregnancy  
MaintainYourDentalCareDuringPregnancyForYouandYourBaby

Hearing the words, "You're going to have a baby," can change your life—as surely as the next nine months can too. Although an exciting time, pregnancy can be hectic with many things concerning you and your baby's health competing for your attention.

Be sure, then, that you include dental care on your short list of health priorities. It may seem tempting to "put things off" regarding your teeth and gums. But there are good reasons to keep up your dental care—for you and your baby.

For you: a higher risk of dental disease. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can trigger outcomes that increase your dental disease risk. For one, you may encounter cravings that include carbohydrates like sugar. Bacteria feed on sugar, which can cause both tooth decay and gum disease. This change in hormones can also trigger a form of gum disease called pregnancy gingivitis.

For your baby: dental-related complications. Some studies show evidence that a mother's oral bacteria can pass through the placenta and affect the baby. This may in turn spark an inflammatory response in the mother's body, creating potential complications during pregnancy. Other research points to what could result: Women with diseased gums are more likely to deliver premature or underweight babies than those with healthy gums.

Fortunately, you can minimize dental disease during pregnancy and protect both you and your baby.

  • Keep up regular dental cleanings and checkups during pregnancy;
  • Limit consumption of sweets and other sugary foods;
  • Brush and floss every day to remove dental plaque, which feeds bacteria;
  • See your dentist at the first sign of swollen, painful or bleeding gums;  
  • And, inform your dentist that you're pregnant—it could affect your treatment plan.

Although it's wise to put off dental work of a cosmetic or elective nature, you shouldn't postpone essential procedures. Both the American Dental Association and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists approve of pregnant women undergoing therapeutic dental work.

Dental care during pregnancy shouldn't be an option. Maintaining your oral health could help you and your baby avoid unpleasant complications.

If you would like more information on dental care during pregnancy, 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 “Dental Care During Pregnancy.”


UnlikeBradPittYouDidntMeanToChipYourToothWeCanStillFixIt

It's not unusual for serious actors to go above and beyond for their roles. They gain weight (or lose it, like Matthew McConaughey for True Detective). They grow hair—or they shave it off. But perhaps nothing tops what Brad Pitt did to assume the character of Tyler Durden in the movie Fight Club—he had his dentist chip his teeth.

While a testament to his dedication to the acting craft, Pitt's move definitely falls into the category of "Kids, don't do this at home." Fortunately, people deliberately chipping their teeth isn't a big problem. On the other hand, accidentally chipping a tooth is.

Chipping a tooth can happen in various ways, like a hard blow to the jaw or biting down on something too hard. Chipping won't necessarily endanger a tooth, but the missing dental structure can put a damper on your smile.

But here's the good news: you don't have to live with a chipped tooth. We have ways to cosmetically repair the damage and upgrade your smile.

One way is to fit a chipped or otherwise flawed tooth with a dental veneer, a thin wafer of dental porcelain bonded to the front of a tooth to mask chips, discolorations, gaps or other defects. They're custom-made by a dental lab to closely match an individual tooth's shape and color.

Gaining a new smile via dental veneers can take a few weeks, as well as two or more dental visits. But if you only have slight to moderate chipping, there's another way that might only take one session in the dentist's chair. Known as composite bonding, it utilizes plastic-based materials known as composite resins that are intermixed with a form of glass.

The initial mixture, color-matched for your tooth, has a putty-like consistency that can be easily applied to the tooth surface. We apply the composite resin to the tooth layer by layer, allowing a bonding agent in the mixture to cure each layer before beginning the next one. After sculpting the composite layers into a life-like appearance, the end result is a "perfect" tooth without visible flaws.

Unlike Brad Pitt, it's pretty unlikely you'll ever find yourself in a situation requiring you to purposely damage your teeth. But chips do happen—and if it happens to you, we have more than one way to make your teeth as good as new.

If you would like more information about repairing dental flaws with veneers or composite bonding, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”


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 01, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Hygiene  
5TipsForKeepingYourToothEnamelHealthy

You know what people say: "Protect your tooth enamel, and it will protect your teeth." Then again, maybe you've never heard anyone say that—but it's still true. Super strong enamel protects teeth from oral threats that have the potential to do them in.

Unfortunately, holding the title of "Hardest substance in the human body" doesn't make enamel indestructible. It's especially threatened by oral acid, which can soften its mineral content and lead to erosion.

That doesn't have to happen. Here are 5 things you can do to protect your enamel—and your teeth.

Don't brush too often. Brushing is essential for removing bacterial plaque, the main cause for dental disease. But more isn't always good—brushing too frequently can wear down enamel (and damage your gums, too). So, limit daily brushing to no more than twice a day.

Don't brush too soon. Oral acid normally peaks at mealtime, which can put your enamel into a softer than normal state. No worries, though, because saliva neutralizes acid within about an hour. But brushing before saliva finishes rebuffering could cause tiny bits of softened enamel to flake off—so, wait an hour after eating to brush.

Stop eating—right before turning in for the night, that is. Because saliva flow drops significantly during sleep, the decreased saliva may struggle to buffer acid from that late night snack. To avoid this situation, end your eating or snacking at least an hour before bedtime.

Increase your calcium. This essential mineral that helps us maintain strong bones and teeth can also help our enamel remineralize faster after acid contact. Be sure, then, to include calcium-rich foods and calcium-fortified beverages in your diet.

Limit acidic beverages. Many sodas, sports and energy drinks are high in acid, which can skew your mouth's normal pH. Go with low-acidic beverages like milk or water, or limit acidic drinks to mealtimes when saliva flows more freely. Also, consider using a straw while drinking acidic beverages to lessen their contact with teeth.

Remember, enamel isn't a renewable resource—once it's gone, it's gone. Take care of your enamel, then, so it will continue to take care of you!

If you would like more information on caring for your tooth enamel, 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 “6 Tips to Help Prevent the Erosion of Tooth Enamel.”