Smile Consultation: (651) 699-2822

Veneers and dental implants can be used to achieve many of the same aesthetic and functional dental goals:

  • Correct damage
  • Close gaps
  • Resurface unsightly enamel
  • Lengthen short teeth
  • Improve bite function

So, what sets these treatments apart? At the end of the day it is the materials used to repair or resurface your teeth.

Aesthetic veneers are made from exceptionally thin porcelain. A veneer is only as thick as a contact lens, but once it is in place it completely transforms the appearance of the tooth.

Dental bonding uses composite resin to achieve results. Composite resin begins as a soft, shapeable consistency. Our team applies the resin to a patient’s tooth, and then we cure it with a special light so that it hardens and bonds to the natural tooth.

These material differences affect their respective treatment processes. Veneers take two or three appointments to complete; first the teeth are prepped, then restorations are made to fit the patient’s teeth, and finally we attach them to the natural tooth structure. On the other hand, the dental bonding process takes just one appointment to complete. Our dentists shade, shape, and cure composite resin in one appointment.

A few other things to keep in mind:

  • Dental bonding is generally less expensive than porcelain veneer treatment
  • On the whole, veneers last longer than bonding
  • If veneers become damaged they must be replaced
  • If dental bonding becomes damage they can be repaired with additional resin
  • Veneers and bonding cannot be lightened with whitening treatments, and they are naturally stain resistant

To learn more about either of these treatment options, and any other cosmetic treatments, for that matter, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our St. Paul dentists for help. We are here to help you assess all of your choices, and, ultimately, move forward with the one that is perfect for you!

Whenever possible we prefer to use preventive treatments but if you are already missing a tooth. If, however, you are already dealing with an incomplete smile, there’s no need to panic; our Saint Paul dental implant dentists offer the treatments you need to rebuild your oral health.

Visible restorations—traditional treatments, like dentures and bridges are designed to sit on top of the gum tissue (dentures are molded to fit the patient’s gum tissue, and bridges are held in place with small brackets that attach to adjacent teeth. Dentures and bridges only replace the visible portion of the tooth. Both of these treatments are great for patients who need to replace many teeth quickly, and, as we will see later, to use in conjunction with implant technology.

Invisible tooth root—the defining feature of the dental implant is the titanium post that extends into the gum tissue, and replaces the tooth root. Through a process called osseointegration, the titanium root will actually bond with the existing bone tissue over time.

Implant root uses—our team can replace one tooth at a time using individual dental implants. A single implant is made up of a titanium root, a connector piece called an abutment, and then the visible restoration that is permanently attached as a final step. Another way to use implant roots is to place a few of them along the jawbone, and use these roots to hold a larger restoration, like a denture, in place. This is a great option for people who wear dentures, but want to achieve a more stable, permanent fit.

If you are missing a tooth, or multiple teeth, you can restore your smile with state-of-the-art dental care. The best way to get started is to schedule a personal consultation with our Saint Paul dental implant dentists.

Brushing your teeth may seem failproof, but the truth is there are a few simple things that you can do to get the most out of your oral hygiene routine.

Begin by choosing the right tool for the job

  • Size: when we talk about brush size, we are mainly referring to the size of the brush head, which holds the bristles. Make sure that the head of your toothbrush is small enough to reach your back molars, and the surrounding gum tissue.
  • Bristle Strength: you can choose from brushes with bristle strengths ranging from soft to extra-firm. The safest way to clean your smile is to clean your smile with the softest brush without sacrificing quality. Ask you dental team if you aren’t sure what strength is right for you.
  • Age: as your toothbrush gets older, the bristles become less effective, and your brush can actually harbor harmful bacteria. Swap you toothbrush for a new one every three to four months.

Then perfect your technique:

  • Buffing: rather than moving your toothbrush back and forth as you clean, try using small circular motions to dislodge more plaque.
  • Gentle Pressure: it is very important that you use only gentle pressure on your teeth and gums. Brushing too aggressively leads to enamel thinning as well as gum tissue recession.
  • Use a Timer: when you brush your teeth, morning and night, do so for two full minutes.
  • Flossing: the ADA recommends that patients floss once a day; try adding this into your routine at night before brushing.
  • Rinsing: if you are looking to add some extra cleaning power to your daily routine, you can talk to our Saint Paul dentist about whether a specially formulated mouth rinse is right for you.

When you optimize your oral hygiene routine you greatly reduce your risk of developing gum disease, bad breath, and dental cavities. If you have any further questions, please feel free to call our Saint Paul dentists. We look forward to speaking with you!

Complimentary Certificate

Complimentary panoramic x-ray with a new patient exam
(a $114 value).

Download Coupon

General Dentistry
Information Packet

How it works, how much it costs, and much more...

Download Packet

X Hide

Dr. Malterud In the News

Read the latest articles and interviews with Saint Paul Dentist Dr. Malterud.

Learn More

Smile Consultation: (651) 699-2822
Schedule Online
Patient Reviews
Write Review