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

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3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

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Root Canal vs Dental Implant

Fargo root canals vs tooth implants

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

 

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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

 

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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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Bleeding Gums After Your 6-Month Cleaning?

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Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are essential for optimal dental health. However, some dental patients in the Moorhead, Casselton, and Hillsboro area worry because their gums tend to bleed after a thorough cleaning.

Is this a problem? Well, it depends. If your gums bleed for a day or two after your cleaning, it isn’t really a problem. But, if the bleeding and tenderness lasts longer, you really need to return to your West Fargo dentist and discuss the possibility of periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease, or gum disease, occurs when plaque builds up along the gum line. You might also experience bad breath, painful chewing, and loose teeth.

Hi, I’m Dr. Dennis Hetland of Designer Smiles in Fargo. Avoiding gum disease is just one of the many important goals I have for my West Fargo and Hillsboro patients. Along with optimum dental health, I also seek to give my patients the beautiful smiles they desire through cosmetic dentistry including porcelain veneers, crowns, dental bonding, and teeth whitening.

Our top services here at Designer Smiles include:

Porcelain veneers
Teeth whitening
Dental implants
General dentistry
Restorative dentistry

Feel free to look us up on the web or call (701) 566-5063 today.

Dr. Dennis Hetland
Designer Smiles
3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
(701) 566-5063
https://www.fargodentalcare.com/services/

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Oral Rinses: An Extra Measure Of Protection For Fargo Kids

Oral Rinses: An Extra Measure Of Tooth Protection For Fargo Kids

Hello, I’m Dennis Hetland of Designer Smiles. Fargo parents usually know the basics on children’s oral health: limit sugar, make sure they brush and floss regularly, take them to the dentist for twice-yearly exams and cleanings, discourage between-meal snacking, see that they get enough calcium and Vitamin D, etc. Many North Dakota parents also give their kids fluoride supplements if their municipal water supply has an inadequate level of fluoride.

Is there anything else a concerned Fargo parent can do to promote children’s oral health? Yes! Have children use an oral rinse that contains fluoride.

Fluoride supplements help strengthen teeth that are still forming, but fluoride rinses help teeth that have already come in. A fluoride rinse is an added measure of protection.

I recommend North Dakota children use an oral rinse after they brush and floss. They should swish it around in their mouth for thirty seconds or so, and then spit it out. (Make sure your child doesn’t swallow it!) This should be the last substance in their mouth before they go to bed. The fluoride will remain on the teeth and help prevent new cavities from forming. It can also help stop any demineralization that has already begun by accumulating in the tiny fissures and fortifying the enamel.

At Designer Smiles, we focus on preventative dentistry for Fargo families. We believe that today’s North Dakota children can enjoy healthy teeth for life.

In addition to all general dentistry procedures, we also offer complete smile makeovers. If you are interested in transforming your entire smile with precision cosmetic dentistry, call us at 701-566-5063 to schedule an appointment.

Contact Designer Smiles:

701-566-5063

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
58104

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Does Whitening Toothpaste Work For West Fargo?

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Are yellowing teeth getting you down? If so, you are not alone! Some of the most common concerns of Moorhead, Casselton, and Hillsboro dental patients pertain to cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening.

Because many dental products such as toothpastes and mouthwashes say they can beautify your teeth, it’s natural to think about changing your brand of toothpaste.

Whitening toothpastes work by adding chemical agents that can gently polish and whiten teeth. However, these substances can only remove stains that are on the surface of the teeth. This commonly results in whitening by roughly one shade.

On the other hand, plenty of Fargo dentists offer speedy in-office teeth whitening procedures that can generally beautify your teeth anywhere from three to eight or more shades. That is quite a difference!

Once you see the dramatic changes that can happen with in-office whitening, why not go for the whole smile makeover? Using innovative cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers, crowns, inlays, braces, dental implants, bonding, and gum contouring, West Fargo dentists are helping patients get the marvelous look they desire.

Hi, I’m Dr. Dennis Hetland, a Fargo dentist. If you are looking for quality dental care in the Moorhead, Casselton, or Hillsboro area, I hope you’ll give us a call at (701) 566-5063.

Here at Designer Smiles, we offer porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, dental implants, and general dentistry.

Call for your appointment today!

Dr. Dennis Hetland
Designer Smiles
3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota
(701) 566-5063
https://www.fargodentalcare.com/services/

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Hiccups In Your Dental Routine

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The most common times people stop to brush their teeth are morning and night – either before or after breakfast, after dinner, or at bedtime. Common concerns that come with this routine involve hiccups in the schedule, from family life, shift work or exhaustion.

Sometimes after dinner isn’t super cut and dried. Many Fargo families face irregular weeknight routines. As the school year progresses, some have games to attend, band concerts, play practice, youth groups or other weeknight commitments. An irregular schedule frequently disrupts regular dental maintenance.

Many Fargo workers have daily commutes or shift work to battle with. Due to the changing landscape of Fargo’s job market and the greater variety in shift schedules we see patients who are adjusting to irregularities in sleep patterns. This leads to exhaustion and often sleep takes priority over consistent brushing – either morning or night.

The most important time to be sure to brush is after eating sugar or carb-intensive foods. These foods kickstart bacteria growth on the teeth without vigilant attention.

Highly acidic foods weaken the enamel, so it is best to swish with water immediately after consuming acidic foods to lessen the acid. Then brush about 30 minutes later when the mouth is less acidic. The fluoride in toothpaste helps remineralize the enamel.

Dr. Dennis Hetland’s hygiene staff at Designer Smiles has been assisting Fargo families since 1996 to prevent hiccups in their dental routines. See how we demonstrate professional and educated instruction at https://www.fargodentalcare.com/.

Designer Smiles provides more than just TruDenta headache relief or sedation dentistry. In addition to dental implants, restorative dentistry, porcelain veneers, and general dentistry there is hygiene education, teeth whitening and cleanings to be discussed.

Sure, the cost of cosmetic dentistry, dental veneers, Invisalign braces and dental bridges can all seem confusing. The key is to stay on top of the vital habits that you can control. We can help you make sense of the other stuff.

Regular checkups are critical for catching decay, infection or other issues early so let us make an appointment for your next preventative visit and keep those hiccups from causing permanent damage. Call us at 701-566-5063  to schedule!

Dennis Hetland
Designer Smiles
3525 25th St S
Fargo, North Dakota 58104
701-566-5063

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Helping Teeth Survive Adolescence

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If you are the parent of a adolescent, you may already have some concerns about your child’s well-being. As young men and women progress toward complete independence, some make questionable choices when it comes to health.

You may know Fargo teens that skip meals and others that eat ramen noodles for lunch and dinner. Some teenagers spend more hours on Instagram than sleeping. Braces can hinder proper brushing. Eating disorders such as bulimia can quickly erode enamel and impair a smile.

Dental troubles manifesting in the adolescent years can impact teeth for life. Let’s look at some vital dental issues for adolescents.

Wisdom Teeth
The third molars usually appear between late adolescence and the mid-twenties. Common wisdom teeth problems include bite misalignment, tooth decay, gum disease, and damage to the nearby teeth. It is vital to monitor wisdom teeth and follow the guidance of your dentist.

Eating Disorders
Parents who notice their adolescent abnormally preoccupied with body image and weight loss should be on the lookout for bulimia and anorexia. These serious disorders should not be ignored. Parents are advised to seek treatment immediately if they discover that their teen is binging and purging or intentionally restricting food.

Oral Health and Orthodontia
Braces can make proper brushing difficult. Toothbrushes and flossing devices that squirt water can help adolescents with braces clean their teeth and gums.

Sugar-Heavy Diet
If you visit any North Dakota high school during lunch hour, you will see that sugar-laden soda, juice, and energy drinks are becoming a beverage staple. (Perhaps we adults are setting a bad example.) While juice is definitely the healthiest choice of the three, heavy juice consumption can impair enamel just as effectively as a can of Coke. Water is the best drink for teeth as well as calcium-rich milk, which leads us to our next section.

Inadequate Calcium Intake
Some youth who drank milk daily as kids curtail their consumption when they start eating meals away from home. This is unfortunate because calcium is just as vital for adolescents as it is for younger children. For strong teeth and bones, encourage your teen to enjoy low-fat dairy products daily.

Sports Injuries
Athletics benefit youth in a number of ways but, unfortunately, also pose a threat to teeth. Make sure your teen wears a protective custom mouthguard when participating in any activity where a mouth injury can occur.

We encourage Fargo parents to be vigilant about twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings for their teens. Many oral issues occur unnoticed. To schedule a thorough examination and cleaning, call Designer Smiles at 701-566-5063.

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Think Before You Pierce

The Dangers of Oral Piercing If you live in the Fargo area and are considering puncturing your lip or tongue, this post is for you. Please consider the following:

Infection
Your mouth is full of bacteria. Any opening in the tissue carries the risk of infection. The germs from your tongue and mouth can easily get into your bloodstream. Fargo dentists and doctors are continually treating severe infections caused by oral piercings. Oral infections can be a real problem, and should be a major consideration before getting an oral piercing.

Tooth Damage
It should come as no surprise that having a piece of metal bang around in your mouth can easily impair tooth enamel. Though tooth enamel is amazingly strong, once it’s chipped or cracked, it can only be restored with artificial material. Fortunately, Designer Smiles in Fargo offers many tooth restoration options such as crowns and fillings, but our advice is to avoid the problem if you can.

Prolonged Bleeding and Swelling
The blood vessels in the tongue are often damaged when the tongue is pierced, causing prolonged bleeding and possible build-up of scar tissue. In some acute cases, the tongue swells up enough to block the airway.

Gum Recession
A number of periodontal disease studies have shown that wearing oral jewelry is linked to periodontal disease which can lead to tooth loss. Periodontal disease can cause gum recession which exposes the root of your teeth, potentially causing hypersensitivity and pain. Again, our advice is to avoid the trouble right from the start.

These are just a few of the dangers or oral piercings. Dennis Hetland at Designer Smiles can give you more important information about the risks of oral piercings. If you already have weakening, call 701-566-5063 to schedule a consultation.

We perform services such as dental implants, porcelain veneers, general dentistry, and teeth whitening.

 

 

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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 Camp Sioux for Diabetic Children 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.