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St. Paul, MN Dentures Dentist Discusses Dentures

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Dentures are a removable dental appliance that acts as a replacement for missing teeth. Our St. Paul, MN General Dentist office creates dentures that closely resemble your natural teeth. Depending on your particular situation, dentures may even enhance your smile.

There are two types of dentures – complete and partial. Complete dentures are necessary when all teeth are missing or have been removed. Partial dentures are used when some of the patient’s natural teeth remain. The use of partial dentures fills spaces created by missing teeth, and also act as a stabilizer to prevent surrounding teeth from drifting into the empty space.

A complete set of dentures are either “conventional” or “immediate.” Conventional dentures are used after teeth have been removed and gum tissue has had time to heal, usually about 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the patient goes without teeth. For patients who do not want to go without teeth, immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed. Once the healing period is over, adjustments will be made to ensure proper fit of the denture.

The process of getting dentures requires several appointments over a period of time. Accurate impressions (molds) and measurements are taken and used to create your custom denture. The St. Paul, MN Dentures Dentist will schedule several appointments so that your dentures can be adjusted to ensure proper shape, fit and color. During the final appointment, your dentures will be precisely fit and adjusted, and the completed denture placed.

Most patients experience an adjustment period as they get used to the new dentures. During this process it is normal to experience increased saliva flow, some soreness, and possible speech and chewing difficulty. However, this will subside as your muscles and tissues get used to the new dentures.

Upon receiving your dentures, you will be given care instructions. As with any other dental appliance or restoration, proper cleaning, good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits can extend the life of your new dentures.

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Laser Dentistry Highland Park St. Paul

We’re using innovative laser dentistry to provide you with fast, effective, and comfortable treatment!

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Laser Dentistry Machine Used by Dr. Malterud

With laser dentistry more patients than ever before are getting the treatment they need comfortably and quickly. Our office uses the revolutionary Lightwalker Laser to treat a number of common dental problems.

With the Lightwalker Laser we:

  • Treat periodontal disease (also known as gum disease)
  • Eliminate cavities and prepare teeth for fillings
  • Perform root canals
  • Treat cold sores and canker sores
  • Improve the appearance of the smile with cosmetic dentistry
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Laser dentistry has a number of important advantages over traditional treatment methods. Laser dentistry is appropriate for a wide number of patients, including children and patients with dental phobias.

Here are some of the benefits of using the Lightwalker Laser:

  • Laser treatment is very comfortable, in fact many patients don't require any anesthesia during laser treatment.
  • The laser is quiet—no drilling sounds!
  • There is minimal bleeding with laser treatment.
  • No cutting or stitches.
  • Using a laser, Dr. Malterud can be more precise than with traditional instruments. This means that we can preserve more of your healthy tooth structure when placing fillings or performing root canals—keeping your teeth stronger for years to come.

Using the Lightwalker Laser we're able to offer our patients effective, efficient treatment for a wide number of dental problems. If you have questions about whether laser dentistry may benefit you, feel free to contact us by phone at (651) 925-2644 or schedule an appointment online.

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NuCalm®

Get the Relaxing, Comfortable Dental Treatment You Need With All-Natural NuCalm®!

NuCalm®, what’s that?

NuCalm® a completely natural relaxation protocol that helps dental patients remain comfortable during dental treatment. After using NuCalm® patients leave our office feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

How does it work?

NuCalm® treatment combines a few different techniques to relax the patient. The purpose of NuCalm® is to coax the patient into the first stage of sleep. NuCalm® is designed to shift brain waves from high frequency beta brain waves (wakefulness) to lower frequency alpha/theta waves (deep relaxation).

What exactly happens during treatment?

There are four consecutive steps to NuCalm®:

  • First you’ll take a dietary supplement. This supplement helps to counteract the effects of adrenaline in your body.
  • Next, our dental team will attach small microcurrent stimulation patches behind your ears. Low-level electrical currents facilitate your body’s relaxation response.
  • Then, you’ll put on a pair of noise-dampening headphones. These headphones play soothing music that has been optimized calming neuroacoustic tones. As you listen to these sounds, you’ll fall deeper into a stage of pre-sleep.
  • The final step is for you to put on light blocking glasses. These glasses are so important—they help you block out distractions and potentially stressful stimuli!

It takes only moments for the effects of NuCalm® to kick in—you’ll notice the difference right away!

Why choose NuCalm®?

Dental patients of all ages choose NuCalm® because it:

  • Is effective
  • Is completely natural
  • Starts working in minutes
  • Doesn’t include any medications or narcotics
  • Does not require the patient to receive injections
  • Does not incapacitate you physically or mentally (you’re never unconscious)
  • Is free from side effects—you won’t have to wait for the effects to wear off post-treatment
  • Is relaxing and rejuvenating

NuCalm® is suitable for all kinds of dental patients, and it is great for those people who avoid dental treatment due to fear and anxiety.

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