Posts for category: Dental Procedures

By LaRoche Dental
February 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Will Dental Implants Help Me? What you need to know about the benefits of dental implants.

When your teeth are missing or removed, it’s difficult to decide how you want to replace them. You can choose bridgework, or a removable option like a partial or denture. But now there is another choice--dental implants, the modern, more permanent solution to complete your dental implantssmile. Implants are an investment, so you need to seek out the best care available with Dr. Cecilia LaRoche, in Hollis, NY, your neighborhood dentist and implant expert.

Your Hollis dentist wants you to know about all the ways dental implants are superior when compared to bridges or removable appliances. Dental implants are:

  • Stable--they are fixed in place unlike partials and dentures
  • Convenient--you don’t have to take them out to clean them
  • Beautiful--you will be more confident about the way you look
  • Conservative--you don’t need preparation of your other teeth, unlike bridges
  • Natural--they look just like your other teeth

A major benefit of dental implants is that they help you retain the dense bone of your jaw, which gives you a firm jawline and makes you look younger. The pressure of partials and dentures resting on your jaw can actually cause you to lose bone, which can cause sagging in your face and make you look older.

Dental implant parts are made of titanium, a uniquely biocompatible material that will fuse with the bone in your jaw. The result is a permanent, natural looking addition to your mouth. Dental implants also have a success rate of over 95%, which is the highest of any surgical implant.

If you care for your dental implants properly, they can last a lifetime, and you are worth the investment. Dental implants will provide you with a beautiful new smile and enhance your life. Stop in and visit Dr. Cecilia LaRoche, your neighborhood dentist in Hollis, NY and discover the many benefits of dental implants. Don’t wait, call today!

By Dr. Cecilia La Roche
December 09, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces  
Find out if orthodontic treatment is the right option for your smile right now.

There comes a time in many people’s lives where they are fed up with crooked or misaligned teeth and dream of having a straighter smile. No matter your age, braces can always be a great way to get the smile you want. Find out if it’s time you talked to your Hollis Bracesdentist Dr. Cecilia LaRoche about braces.

The Magic Age Number for Braces

When it comes to children and their teeth it’s recommended that they get screened around seven years old to see if braces are right for them. By this time in their life all of their permanent teeth have come in so we have a better idea of what their smile will look like without treatment. Usually issues such as overcrowding and bite problems also present themselves by this age, and the sooner these problems can be corrected the better.

Remember, just because getting braces young is recommended it doesn’t mean that you can’t start orthodontic treatment at any age. In fact, almost 20 percent of braces wearers are adults. It’s never too late to see your dentist in Hollis about whether braces are the best option for you.

Reasons to Consider Braces

If you are unhappy or embarrassed by your smile then getting braces can certainly be the next step to getting a smile that you will feel confident in. A healthier smile will go a long way to improving your self-esteem and to keeping teeth healthier, since crooked and misaligned teeth are prone to gum disease and cavities. Plus, keep in mind that age is just a number when it comes to getting orthodontic treatment.

If you are dealing with any of these issues then it might be a good time to talk to us about braces:

  • Overcrowding
  • Overbites and underbites
  • Misaligned jaw
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crooked teeth

You think you’re ready to get braces and want to find out which one is right for me? We have a ton of different orthodontic options including Invisalign for teens and adults wanting to straighten their smiles more discreetly. Call your general dentist in Hollis, NY at LaRoche Dental today. Let’s schedule your next orthodontic consultation with us!


For people with edentulism (total loss of teeth), removable dentures is a viable option for regaining both lost function and an attractive appearance. From the moment they begin wearing them, denture wearers can chew food, speak and smile with confidence.

But there are downsides to dentures, especially if they’re not cared for properly. Dentures put pressure on the gums and bony ridges of the jaw, which can cause bone to dissolve (resorb) and decrease its volume over time. Without proper maintenance they can also become a breeding ground for bacteria and fungi that not only lead to bad breath but, in cases of partial dentures, can increase the risk of dental disease. They could also contribute to serious systemic diseases.

You can reduce some of these risks by following these 3 important denture maintenance tips. Doing so will help extend the life of your dentures, as well as keep your mouth healthy.

Clean your dentures at least once a day. In addition to taking your dentures out and rinsing them with water after eating, you should also brush them daily with dish detergent, antibacterial soap or denture cleaner — but not toothpaste, which is too abrasive. Effervescent (fizzing) cleaning tablets also aren’t a viable substitute for manual brushing in removing disease-causing plaque from denture surfaces.

Take your dentures out at night while you sleep. Wearing dentures 24/7 can hasten bone loss, as well as increase your chances of dental disease or even more serious illnesses. A recent study, for example, found nursing home patients who left their dentures in at night were twice as likely to experience serious complications from pneumonia as those who didn’t. While you sleep, store your dentures in water or in a solution of alkaline peroxide made for this purpose.

Brush your gums and tongue every day. Keeping your gum surfaces clean will help reduce the levels of bacteria and other microbes that can cause disease. You can either use an extra-soft tooth brush (not the one you use to clean your dentures) or a damp washcloth.

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


Although techniques for treating periodontal (gum) disease can vary, they all boil down to one objective: remove the bacterial plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) that cause the infection. The initial treatment usually involves two techniques known as scaling and root planing.

Scaling uses hand instruments, ultrasonic equipment or a combination of both to manually remove plaque and calculus from the tooth and root surfaces. Root planing takes it a step further by minutely “shaving” infected material from the root surfaces. While more invasive techniques (including surgery) may be needed, scaling and root planing are the first line of treatment for any recent diagnosis of gum disease.

In recent years, an adaptation to these treatments has emerged using the Nd: YAG laser. The laser uses a particular crystal that’s adaptable for many different types of surgery. In the case of gum disease, it’s been found as effective as traditional methods for removing the infected linings of periodontal pockets. Voids created by detaching gum tissues as bone loss occurs, enlarge the small natural gap between the teeth and gums, which fill with pus and other infected matter. Removing the diseased lining from these pockets reduces bacteria below the gum line and speeds healing.

Periodontal laser therapy may have one advantage over traditional treatments: less tissue damage and swelling, and hence reduced post-treatment discomfort. While some research seems to confirm this, more controlled studies are needed to render a verdict on this claim.

Regardless of whether you undergo traditional scaling and root planing or a laser alternative, the aim is the same — to bring the disease under control by removing plaque and calculus and reestablishing good daily oral hygiene practices. Stopping gum disease as soon as possible will help ensure you’ll have healthy teeth and gums for a long time.

If you would like more information on treatments for periodontal (gum) disease, 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 “Lasers versus Traditional Cleanings for Treating Gum Disease.”

By LaRoche Dental
September 04, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”

Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.

A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
  • Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
  • Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
  • Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.

If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

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Hollis, NY 11423
(718) 776-0600

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