Total Tooth Restoration

Total Tooth Restoration Your face is always on display for others to see. You can’t hide it behind long sleeves, baggy jeans, or a hat.

Many lucky Fargo residents who have received smile makeovers at Designer Smiles believe their dazzling new smile brightens their whole face. Some Fargo professionals have corrected tooth problems prior to beginning a search for new employment.

A beautiful smile is essential to a polished appearance. Fargo cosmetic dentistry is not just for people in the public eye, it is for anyone who desires a youthful looking smile.

Fargo teeth whitening is quicker and more popular than ever. Some of our Fargo cosmetic dental patients invest in total teeth restoration because they have always been self-conscious about chips, gaps or crooked teeth.

Cosmetic dental treatment may consist of dental bonding, dental implants, dental bridges, orthodontics, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening or a combination.

If you are unfamiliar with the latest materials and procedures, see smile makeover expert Dennis Hetland for a cosmetic dental consultation. Some transformations are completed in just one visit! And don’t forego a new smile because you are afraid of dental treatment. Nervous Fargo cosmetic dental patients can wake up to a new smile with oral conscious sedation.

It is never too late to get a movie-star smile!

Contact Designer Smiles:

701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

See Designer Smiles For A Smile Impossible To Ignore

Designer Smiles For A Smile Impossible To Ignore

Many Fargo residents consider the myriad options available to stop the aging clock. Whether it is a surgical procedure, botox, hair implants, or a chemical peel, North Dakota residents have countless choices to help them look more youthful. I am Dr. Dennis Hetland and I am exited to tell you about a simple and affordable procedure we offer at Designer Smiles that can create a younger looking you.

Porcelain veneers will produce a smile that will have people asking you if you have lost weight or started going to the gym because the effect is stunning.

Haven’t you noticed that when you talk with someone who has sparkling, straight white teeth, their smile catches your eye? An engaging smile draws attention away from wrinkles or a flabby belly because a dazzling smile is the first impression others have of you – and it is impossible to ignore!

At Designer Smiles, our porcelain veneers will improve the color of your teeth, cover chips, cracks, or misshapen teeth. Veneers can lengthen teeth that look too short, fill in gaps between teeth and cover any irregularity your teeth may have. Porcelain veneers reflect light the same way natural teeth do making them a great choice for a smile makeover.

If you are a middle-aged (or older) Fargo or Fargo resident pondering ways to improve your appearance, Designer Smiles can help you turn back the clock by creating a youthful smile. Designer Smiles has been serving patients in Fargo since 1996. We offer affordable, professional services including porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and general dentistry.

The smiles in the 58104 zip code area can rival those of Beverly Hills 90210 thanks to porcelain veneers. Contact Designer Smiles today for a younger you!

Contact Designer Smiles:

701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Stick Out Your Tongue!

Fargo oral cancer exams As health professionals, we know that Fargo dentists diagnose and treat conditions of the teeth and gums, but we sometimes overlook the importance of the tongue.

Have you ever considered all the amazing things your tongue can do? It helps us talk, perceive the texture and flavor of food, chew, and swallow. This strong and nimble gymnast is in near-constant motion during our waking hours. It is a wonder that we don’t accidentally bite it more often as we smile, chew, drink, breathe, swallow, cough, and laugh.

Your tongue can also reveal problems with your health, including digestive problems, infections, and diseases of the blood.

When Dennis Hetland performs oral exams, the tongue is always checked for signs of oral cancer and other serious diseases.

Here are some tongue abnormalities and possible causes:

  • Swollen tongue: reaction to food/drink/medication, strep infection, leukemia, hypothyroidism
  • White tongue: dehydration, yeast infection, irritation to tobacco, enteritis, gastritis, colitis, anemia or other nutritional deficiency
  • Canker sores: may be triggered by stress or reaction to food, toothpaste, or mouthwash.

If you have persistent canker sores, you may want to try eliminating products that contain sodium lauryl (or laurel) sulfate (SLS). SLS is a cheap foaming agent that is found in many personal care products. It can be difficult to find SLS-free dental products in Fargo. The following brands have previously offered SLS-free versions but check labels carefully every time you buy a new tube. I have noticed that SLS has re-appeared in some brands.

  • Biotene
  • Sensodyne Pronamel
  • Tom’s of Maine
  • Rembrandt Low Abrasion

If you can’t find an SLS-free toothpaste at your local Fargo grocery store, I would suggest trying health food stores, specialty drug stores, or trusted online sites.

Many of my Fargo patients have asked me about tongue-scraping. I recommend thorough dental hygiene including cleaning the tongue. To schedule a consultation to discuss any dental health issues including tongue scraping, please contact my office at 701-566-5063.

Contact Designer Smiles:

701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

Posted in Dental Health

Perfect Teeth With Veneers

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Today’s blog post focuses on an effective and versatile cosmetic dental procedure – porcelain veneers.

Veneers are individual covers for the front part of teeth. They are an outstanding way to correct a myriad of tooth imperfections such as chips, stains, yellowing, unattractive shape or minimal misalignment.

Have you ever wanted a minimally-invasive facelift for a tooth without getting an entire crown? Veneers are your answer! Super-strong, tooth-colored porcelain laminate is shaped into thin shells and custom-fitted for each patient’s unique set of teeth.

How many veneers should you get? This depends on how many teeth you want to beautify and the overall condition of your teeth. Dr. Hetland will counsel you on the best strategy.

The thickness, color, alignment, and shape of your teeth influence the outcome as well as whether you have any gum recession. Veneers are matched to your existing teeth so they will blend seamlessly, but if you are planning to treat several teeth, you definitely want to have them created in the same “batch” at the lab.

The first step in the veneer process is to make a model of your teeth to work from. After that, a dental technician will use the model to create the veneers to the precise size, shape, color, and level of translucency. Experienced cosmetic dentists and dental technicians elevate the level of artistry in this painstaking process.

Many patients wonder if veneers are as heavy-duty as their natural teeth. Though the veneer tooth-prep process weakens the tooth slightly, with proper care, veneers can last up to 15 years. Porcelain veneers are more durable than dental bonding, which is sometimes used to fix the same types of imperfections. Dental bonding generally has a shorter life span than veneers, so keep this in mind when comparing the costs of the two procedures.

If you are looking for a dentist with an artistic eye for stunning porcelain veneers, give Designer Smiles a call. My name is Dr. Dennis Hetland and I have been serving Fargo, North Dakota since 1996.

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/v/veneers.aspx, accessed on March 5, 2014

Contact Designer Smiles:

701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Root Canal vs Dental Implant

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Hello, Fargo dental blog visitors. I am Dr. Dennis Hetland of Designer Smiles. When a tooth’s nerve and pulp becomes infected, a dentist and patient must make a choice of whether to attempt to save the tooth by performing a root canal or to extract the tooth.

There are several factors that influence this decision. These include whether there is an infection in the surrounding bone, the amount and condition of the remaining tooth structure, the strength of the supporting bone, and the presence of periodontal disease.

During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp of the tooth is removed. This tissue contains veins, arteries, and lymph vessels. The dentist or endodontist uses files of various sizes to clean out the canals. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material that seals them off.

The root canal is the first step in the complete tooth restoration. After the root canal, without a crown, the tooth will probably become dry and brittle. The final steps are the core build-up and crown. This protects what’s left of the tooth and allows normal function.

A root canal is generally the most conservative treatment when a root is infected or a tooth has extreme decay or damage. Root canals have been performed with success for generations and have a very low failure rate.

But there is always a slight possibility that a tooth with a root canal can have complications down the road. If there was a tiny crack in the treated tooth, it can become re-infected. Teeth with curved roots are more difficult to fill and they can also become re-infected. Occasionally, the tip of a file can break off in a root during the procedure and cause problems.

Because there is always a slight risk that a root canal can fail and eventually require extraction, some Fargo patients wonder if they should just get a dental implant in the first place. This is not a black and white decision. Like root canals, dental implants have a high success rate. But there are risks with dental implants, as well.

If you have been told that a root canal or a dental implant is necessary, talk with your dentist about the pros and cons of each procedure. If you do not currently have a dentist, I invite you to schedule a consultation at Designer Smiles. You can trust in Dennis Hetland for essential, unbiased information so you can make an informed decision about your dental treatment.

 

Contact Designer Smiles:

701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, ND
58104

 

Posted in General Dentistry

Say Goodbye To Old Amalgam Fillings

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Remember what your teeth looked like before you had your first cavity? When you opened your mouth to laugh or yawn, the people with you could see only pearly white molar surfaces. (Unless, of course, you had been munching Oreos.)

If you are like many Fargo adults, you started developing cavities fairly young and started receiving the ubiquitous silver amalgam fillings that were used by Fargo family dentists. As the years went by, two fillings became three. If you didn’t drink fluoridated water, three fillings may have become four. Now when you open wide – others see a mouthful of metal.

Fortunately, people with silver amalgam fillings can regain the smile of their youth. The replacement of silver fillings with composite tooth-colored fillings is a relatively inexpensive cosmetic dental procedure available at Designer Smiles that can transform a smile just as dramatically as more extensive cosmetic dental treatment.

Composite fillings available at Designer Smiles in Fargo are comprised of a mixture of glass or quartz and resin which creates a natural tooth-colored material. They are strong and durable when bonded to the tooth with adhesive.

Hopefully, you don’t have a new cavity. But if you do, you can start off with a white composite filling. In addition to the cosmetic advantages over silver, the preparation requires the removal of less healthy tooth structure. A conservative (as possible) restoration at Designer Smiles leaves you with more of nature’s superior dental material — your own enamel and dentin.

If you would like to improve your Fargo smile by replacing silver-mercury fillings, schedule a Designer Smiles cosmetic dental consultation today by calling 701-566-5063. We will develop a treatment plan to address all areas of concern. If you have your teeth whitened in combination with silver filling replacement, you’ll be amazed by your new dazzling smile.

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Contact Designer Smiles:

701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

 

Posted in General Dentistry

Cost of a Dental Crown In Fargo

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Preparing to pay for vital dental work can be a daunting undertaking. The good news is that the cost may be far less than you anticipate. Knowing your needs is crucial to planning your budget for dental work.

Trying to Compare
Comparing the price of a dental crown for molars versus the price of a dental crown for smaller teeth or versus a root canal or double root canal can be difficult to extract from many dental facilities in and around Fargo, North Dakota. Get the current pricing and understand the role insurance will play in the out-of-pocket-expense for your dental visit by calling Designer Smiles at 701-566-5063 at your convenience. Our appreciative staff can explain pricing and schedule initial consultation appointments.

Identify Affordable Quality

Dennis Hetland DDS has been here at 3525 25th St S in Fargo since 1996. While procedure fees can fluctuate up and down depending on the price of supplies, equipment, and staffing overhead, Dr. Hetland works very hard to maintain affordable, quality care for our unique community in three ways:

  1. Through state-of-the-art training and up-to-date education for key staff members.
  2. Through precision work and personal dental care for each and every patient.
  3. Through business management best practices to keep costs down.

The Responsible Investment
Take the responsible step for your comfort, health and confidence. Don’t be afraid to schedule work for dental implants, restorative dentistry, porcelain veneers, general dentistry, or teeth whitening. We want you to be confident that affordable, quality dental care is simple and accessible. We want you to understand the importance of immediate care rather than putting it off until it gets worse. Review our website at http://www.fargodentalcare.com/services/ and build that confidence. We want you to be confident in our office’s commitment to you.

Contact Designer Smiles:

701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

 

Posted in General Dentistry

Designer Smiles Treatment For Sensitive Teeth

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For those of you who feel pain when you sip your morning coffee or who cringe each time you brush or floss, Designer Smiles is here for you. Dr.Dennis Hetland has been treating this common trouble since 1996.

The first line of defense against tooth sensitivity is proper oral hygiene. Incorrect brushing and over-brushing can lead to receding gums, which leads to the exposure of microscopic tubules in the dentin. When these tubules are exposed, acidic, hot, cold, and sticky foods can then reach the nerve cells in the teeth causing discomfort (who are we kidding – it’s pain).

Here in our Fargo dentistry practice, Dr.Hetland can determine if your brushing style is contributing to your tooth sensitivity and get you on your way to proper oral care habits.

Dennis Hetland usually recommends an over-the-counter desensitizing toothpaste that diminishes tooth pain after several applications. However, some Fargo patients may need in-office procedures such as fluoride gel treatments available at Designer Smiles.

Don’t worry if you have sensitive teeth and want to have your teeth whitened. Here at Designer Smiles, Dr. Hetland can determine which professional tooth whitening or at-home whitening procedures will work for you.

Call our Fargo cosmetic dental office today at 701-566-5063 to get relief for your sensitive teeth.

 

Contact Designer Smiles:

701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

 

Posted in General Dentistry

Dental Miracles Seen And Unseen At Designer Smiles In Fargo

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Quality dental care and cosmetic dental procedures can be extremely visible. Think porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and teeth whitening. Today, however, let’s talk about some purposefully unseen procedures that can contribute to a healthy, celebrity-caliber smile. Today’s post will highlight three industry-leading cosmetic dental treatments: white fillings, invisible braces, and dental implants.

White Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings, white fillings, or invisible fillings are designed to blend seamlessly with your natural tooth color. These are fabricated out of strong composite resins and porcelains. If you would like to get rid of the silver amalgam fillings in your teeth, white fillings are the answer. You can’t go back and eliminate those cavities, but you can make the silver disappear.

Invisible Braces
Orthodontia has become less visible with the availability of invisible braces. Custom invisible braces are worn either over teeth or behind the teeth. Invisible braces are effective and convenient. Though they are not always the best tooth-straightening option for everyone, they have helped many dental patients align their teeth for a dramatic improvement in their smile.

Dental Implants
Sure, the crown of a tooth implant is clearly visible. But the essential part – the component that makes them so much stronger than a dental bridge – is anchored into your jawbone. A titanium post secures your restoration to offer the look, feel, and strength of a natural tooth. If you are missing one or more teeth, think about dental implants.

At Designer Smiles we are devoted to creating appealing smiles for our valued North Dakota dental patients. We provide a full menu of general, preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental treatments including complete smile makeovers.

Some of our most popular treatments at Designer Smiles include porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, and dental implants. Contact Designer Smiles today at (701) 566-5063 to schedule an informative consultation.

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Brush Up On Your Cavity Basics, West Fargo

Brush Up On Your Cavity Basics West Fargo

Residents of Moorhead and Fargo use the word ‘cavity’ often when discussing oral health practices. Along with teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry procedures, cavities are a hot topic.

At Designer Smiles we think it’s great that people in the West Fargo area are so conscious of their teeth, and we feel that having a better understanding of exactly what a cavity is will help them take better care of their pearly whites.

Cavities can also be called caries or tooth decay. When a tooth is permanently damaged in the hard surface, tiny openings appear. These little holes are cavities. Different factors that contribute to tooth decay are:

Frequent eating
Consuming sugary beverages
Oral bacteria
Insufficient tooth brushing and flossing

Cavities may get so bad that you will see pits or holes in your teeth, but symptoms may be more subtle, such as sensitivity, pain when biting, or a toothache. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should call your Moorhead, Casselton, or Hillsboro dentist today for an appointment.

If you are in the market for quality dental care in the Fargo area, give Designer Smiles a call. We have been treating dental patients in and around West Fargo since 1996. We can also answer any questions you have about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers and dental implants.

We hope to hear from you soon!

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  • I’m a busy mom of 4 so I really appreciate the text reminders about our upcoming appointments.
    —WHITNEY
  • The best dental experience I’ve ever had because I slept through it. Sedation dentistry is the greatest thing ever.
    —TODD
  • I was so blessed to have found you. Thank you for helping me so quickly.
    —BRUCE
  • Dr. Hetland told me my new teeth would help me chew better and help relieve my jaw pain. What I didn’t know was that they would make me feel so much better about myself. I just can’t stop smiling. Thank you!
    —ANITA
  • The Designer Smiles team is amazing. They took great care of my teeth when I didn’t and they did it without making me feel bad about all those years I neglected my teeth. I highly recommend them to EVERYONE!
    —MILES
  • Thank you for taking the time to make just a great smile for an old gal like me. I look and feel 10 years younger!
    —GLADYS
  • I had a great experience with Dr. Hetland and the whole staff at Desinger Smiles! I also had awesome results with the Six Month Smiles. Thank you for being so accommodating and enjoyable at all of my appointments!
    —CARLY
  • Another wonderful experience today with Dr. Hetland and his staff. They truly care about your care and comfort. This was my second crown procedure in the past 3 years. They had great notes from the time before to ensure I did not feel any discomfort. Thanks for everything
    —TERRY
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Making smiles bright extends beyond the doors of Designer Smiles, especially each March through June when we proudly participate in the Smiles For Life campaign. During this time, 100 percent of the proceeds from teeth whitening procedures go to children’s charities, including right here in the F-M area. This year, we have selected Haley's Hope Dyslexia Learning Center as the local charity of choice.

We make helping children and bright smiles easy—simply contact us to schedule your teeth whitening appointment. You get a brighter, whiter smile, and children get a reason to smile, as well. If you are already happy with your bright smile, simply ask about the other ways you can participate in helping children.Dr. Hetland is a Smiles For Life participating dentist in Fargo, North Dakota to benefit children's charities.