Implants? Crowns? Veneers? Invisible braces? As dental technology and services expands, so does the vocabulary. Dentistry offers many new solutions to address almost every possible dental trouble.
Dr. Dennis Hetland provides experienced cosmetic and prime restorative care.
In the past, if a patient in Fargo had a missing tooth or a severely damaged tooth, North Dakota dentists regularly suggested dental bridges or dentures, because they were the best options at the time. These days, cutting-edge dental implants have proven to be superior to dental bridges for most Fargo patients. They can also replace dentures or anchor dentures for some patients.
A tooth implant provides many important advantages over a dental bridge or dentures:
Longevity – Dental implants are tough and permanent, meaning with proper care they can last ten years or more.
Seamless – Fabricated to have the same shape, size and color of the original tooth, the implant will blend seamlessly with all the other teeth. If the original tooth had aesthetic troubles, these can often be corrected with the implant crown.
Function – A dental implant functions like a natural tooth allowing for normal eating and speaking.
Convenience – Unlike dentures, no adhesives, rinsing, or removal is necessary.
Independent – Like the missing tooth, the dental implant is treated individually. No damaging of adjacent teeth is required, as with dental bridges. This independence allows nearby teeth to remain intact. Cleaning is easier than with most dental bridges which can require the threading of floss under and around the artificial tooth.
Let’s consider the tooth implant method:
If you are interested in getting a tooth implant, call Designer Smiles at 701-298-9400 to schedule a tooth implant consultation. Dr. Hetland will complete an exam, take x-rays and counsel with you. If it is determined that you are a good candidate for the procedure, the process will begin.
Plaster dental impressions of both upper and lower plates will be taken. Dr. Hetland will exactly place the titanium implant, which looks like a dark screw, into the bone of your jaw. Over the next couple of months, the bone and implant will bond together to form a new root for your new tooth.
After the required time has passed for bonding of the bone and implant, an extension (called an abutment) is placed on top of the initial implant post. This post extension is then capped with a temporary tooth. Meanwhile, the team of professionals at our lab will tailor your new, permanent crown.
Dr. Hetland will then put the beautiful permanent crown on top of the full post. This tooth will match your other teeth to create an exceptional new smile. You will find that the comfort is the same as your natural teeth, to the point that you may even forget which tooth is the implant. The upkeep is the same, with brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups needed.
If you want to ascertain if a tooth implant is right for you or desire specifics about smile redesigns, call Designer Smiles for more particulars. We look forward to meeting you!
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