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By Jennifer L. Toy, D.M.D.
September 10, 2019
Category: Oral Health

You don't need to be so hard on yourself when it comes to yellowed or stained teeth. There's only so much regular brushing and flossing can do. Don't get us wrong. Brushing and flossing can reduce significant plaque buildup but professional teeth cleanings protect your teeth against serious oral diseases. Just ask your Concord and Penacook, NH, dentist.

Why do you need a professional cleaning procedure?

Over time plaque, a sticky layer of bacteria-rich film, buildup on teeth, which eventually leads to a hard deposit forming, tartar, or calculus. This tartar is difficult to remove and your dentist needs to use special tools. If you don't visit your Concord and Penacook dentist for your biannual dental cleaning, you risk serious diseases and health issues. Bacteria produce acids that cause tooth decay and gum disease, like periodontitis. This may lead to tooth loss, inflammation and infections of oral tissues, which may lead to systemic diseases.

Professional dental cleanings, along with dental examinations, are one of the best preventative methods to ensure your oral health.

More About the Procedure

A dental hygienist or trained technician performs the teeth cleaning. They first perform an oral examination to evaluate oral tissues, then clean using an ultrasonic scaler, a hand-held tool with a tiny tip that vibrates, and/or metal instruments, curettes, to remove plaque and calculus off teeth.

The final step consists of polishing teeth using a low-speed rotary brush to smoothen and shine teeth.

A Requirement for Good Oral Health

  • Brush and floss your teeth on a daily basis to remove food off the surface of teeth and prevent plaque buildup.
  • Visit your dentist for your biannual dental cleaning and oral examination so that she can catch serious issues in their early stages.

Are you interested in receiving a professional teeth cleaning? Call Dr. Jennifer Toy at (603) 753-6687 for more information in Concord or Penacook, NH, today!

By Jennifer L. Toy, D.M.D.
July 22, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dentures  

No one wants to have dentures, but sometimes they're necessary. Thankfully, your dentist in Penacook, NH, and serving Concord, NH, Dr. Jennifer Toy, offers dentures which normalize oral function and look great, too. She can tell you which denture options are right personal appearance and self-esteem.

The need for dentures

Tooth loss is a reality. The American College of Prosthodontists, a group of professionals expert in restoring smiles, says that 120 million Americans have lost at least one adult tooth to:

  • Decay
  • Accident
  • Gum disease
  • Systemic health issues such as diabetes or cancer

The results can be tragic as people cannot bite and chew properly, develop digestive problems, see rapid deterioration of the gums and jaw bone, and feel truly depressed and embarrassed about their personal appearance.

What dentures can do

Your Concord dentist understands both the physical and psychological effects of tooth loss. She and her team are ready to help.

When you come to Dr. Toy's office, she'll fully evaluate your smile, including remaining teeth, supporting structures and your overall health. Then, together, you'll choose the denture option right for your situation.

Dr. Toy offers:

  • Partial dentures which replace one or more missing teeth
  • Full conventional dentures, placed right away after extraction or after tissues have healed completely
  • Implant-supported dentures, secured by two, four, or six titanium implants surgically inserted into the jaw bone

Whatever your choice, expect a treatment plan tailored to your oral health needs and facial appearance. You'll undergo a comprehensive dental examination, X-rays and three-dimensional impressions created digitally for maximum accuracy, expediency and patient comfort. 123dentist says that your denture will match any remaining teeth perfectly in shape, color and size so you can be confident in the natural aesthetics of your smile.

When you receive your dental prosthetic, you'll be pleased with the fit and security. Conventional dentures stay in place with the natural suction provided by your soft oral tissues and the alveolar ridge of the jaw bone. Implant-supported dentures feature the tremendous benefit of strengthening the width, height and strength of the jaw bone.

Plus, Dr. Toy's denture patients enjoy full facial contours. While dentures cannot remove years from your appearance, they do create the best possible smile, allowing you to feel confident and more like yourself.

Finally, all dentures restore a wonderful measure of efficient biting and chewing. Dr. Toy ensures dentures are properly balanced, and as you use them, your muscles actually will learn the best way to eat.

Schedule your denture consultation

Dr. Jennifer Toy and her team will be happy to explain your denture choices and their benefits. Call the office serving Concord and Penacook, NH, for an appointment: (603) 753-6687.

By Jennifer L. Toy, D.M.D.
May 13, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implant  

Missing teeth can do much more than cause an undesirable appearance: shifting teeth, bone atrophy, and other side effects can cause a dental implantserious decrease in the functionality of your smile. Luckily, a dental implant can replace your missing tooth — and its root — to ensure that your teeth function just as good as they look. Find out more about dental implants with Dr. Jennifer Toy in Penacook, NH and serving the Concord area.

Are dental implants safe?
Like with any medical treatment, your first priority when considering dental implants should be understanding the risk involved with the procedure. Dental implants have been in use for decades, allowing dentists to hone their skills and develop a modern, safe implant treatment that, with the proper care, can last a lifetime. Caring for your implants takes no more time or effort than properly caring for your natural teeth: just brush twice a day and floss at least once.

Can I benefit from a dental implant?
If you have a gap in your smile, a dental implant can replace your missing tooth and — unlike other tooth replacement options — its root, too. This means that an implant can also help you decrease your chances of developing the common side effects of a missing tooth, such as the teeth surrounding the gap shifting or a bone-weakening condition called bone atrophy. There are three main types of dental implants:

  • Single tooth implants: A single tooth implant replaces one tooth at a time.
  • Multiple tooth implants: Multiple tooth implants bridge larger gaps between natural teeth.
  • Implant-supported dentures: Implant-supported dentures allow patients to replace most (or even all!) of the teeth on an arch. The denture is non-removable and remains in the mouth while eating and sleeping.

Dental Implants in Penacook, NH
For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Jennifer Toy at her office in Penacook, NH. Call (603) 753-6687 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Toy today! Also serving the Concord area.

By Jennifer L. Toy, D.M.D
February 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

You can stop your tooth pain with a root canal and save your tooth. Tooth pain can develop when a tooth is damaged, becomes infected, or Root Canaldevelops areas of decay. Root canal therapy works by removing damaged, infected, or decaying areas inside the tooth and root, then filling the tooth to strengthen and restore it. Following root canal therapy, your tooth pain will be gone and the tooth will be strong enough to resume normal biting and chewing functions again. Dr. Jennifer Toy is your Concord area dentist for root canal therapy.

What is Root Canal Therapy?

Root canal therapy is a procedure for preserving and restoring damaged teeth to prevent extraction. At the center of each tooth is a soft pulp material that can become infected. As the infection spreads, it travels down through the tooth’s root and can sometimes cause an abscess to form below the root. If the infection is not treated promptly, it can spread to the gums or other teeth and lead to other oral health problems. Signs your tooth might need root canal therapy include:

  • Severe or persistent toothache
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks
  • Sharp pain when biting and chewing
  • Persistent pressure or pain in the mouth

The procedure for performing root canal therapy is similar to the procedure for filling a regular cavity. When performing root canal therapy, your Concord dentist removes the infected pulp, cleans out the tooth, and fills it back in with dental filling. In addition to strengthening and restoring infected teeth, root canal therapy also stops the spread of infection and alleviates tooth pain and sensitivity.

Benefits of a Root Canal

There are so many benefits to having a root canal. One of the primary benefits is preserving the natural teeth and avoiding extraction. Another major benefit is stopping tooth pain and sensitivity. Other benefits of a root canal include stopping the spread of infection, strengthening teeth damaged by infection or decay, and restoring normal biting and chewing functioning.

If you are struggling with tooth pain, you might benefit from root canal therapy. A dentist can evaluate your teeth and determine if root canal therapy is the right treatment for addressing your tooth pain. To find out if a root canal could stop your tooth pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Toy, your Concord area dentist, by calling the dental office at (603) 753-6687.

By Jennifer L. Toy, D.M.D.
December 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Tooth Extraction  

Find out when a tooth extraction may actually be necessary for the health of your smile.

Once our permanent teeth come in we just assume that we will have these teeth forever. After all, the goal should always be to maintain our natural teeth; however, there are certain circumstances that arise that may require our Concord, NH, dentist, Dr. Jennifer Lynn Toy, to actually remove one or more teeth. Wondering when to consider a tooth extraction? A tooth extraction may be required if...

You Have Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars to erupt. They usually come in around your late teens or early twenties. Of course, you don’t need these teeth in order to have a healthy smile, and often times, these wisdom teeth can cause more issues than benefits.

These complications arise because wisdom teeth are often impacted, meaning that they don’t fully erupt through the gums. As a result, food and bacteria can get trapped in this opening in the gum tissue, which can lead to infection. Wisdom teeth may also grow in crooked, putting pressure on or even damaging neighboring teeth.

When you visit our Concord office, our dentist will be able to check your yearly x-rays to see how your wisdom teeth are developing and whether or not you’ll need to have them removed.

You Have a Severely Damaged or Infected Tooth

Decay is one of the most common reasons to have a tooth removed, and is often caused by patients avoiding regular visits to the dentist. While decay is completely preventable with the proper care, and it can take many years for decay to progress to the point where a tooth is no longer viable, it can still happen. If you haven’t visited a dentist in years, it’s certainly time to schedule your next checkup. These routine checkups could just end up saving one or more of your teeth.

If a tooth is cracked or physically damaged to the point where nothing can preserve or restore the tooth (e.g. a dental crown), then we may need to remove the tooth and replace it. This is often the case for fractures that go all the way below the gum line.

You Have Gum Disease

Gum disease affects around half of American adults and this chronic disease is progressive, meaning that it can cause severe damage to your oral health if you don’t get the proper treatment you need. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss today, and it can cause damage to the ligaments and bones in your mouth, as well. Getting the proper treatment for gum disease is critical for protecting your smile.

Do you have questions about getting a tooth extraction at our Concord office? Do you want to learn more about the dental services we offer to help make your smile the healthiest and best it can be? If so, don’t hesitate to call us today at (603) 753-6687 to find out what we can do for you. Your oral health is our top priority!

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