Dental implants placed by the St. Paul Dental Implants Office are biocompatible replacement teeth that provide a solution for dental patients who have missing teeth. They are surgically implanted into the jawbone to mimic the function and appearance of natural teeth. Dental implants allow a trained dentist to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth, providing patients with a permanent solution that restores the appearance and health of their smile.
“Anyone who has ever lost a tooth due to trauma or decay knows what a devastating impact it can have on their confidence and lifestyle.” explains Dr. Mark Malterud. “Dental implants are a very effective solution for replacing missing teeth. Crowns and bridges may be more appropriate in some cases, but the drawback is that they require the removal of healthy tooth structure to anchor them securely to surrounding teeth. Our goal is to help our patients retain as much healthy tooth structure as possible. Dental implants help achieve that goal because they require no alteration of surrounding teeth.”
A dental implant is comprised of a very small titanium screw surgically placed into the jaw bone. Titanium is a biocompatible material that eventually creates a permanent bond with surrounding bone. Dental implants perform another important function in that they help preserve the structure and density of the patient’s jaw bone. After the healing process is complete, a dental crown is placed over the root portion of the implant.
Anyone who is missing one or more teeth may be a candidate for dental implants. The determining factor is the amount of bone available for placement of the implant. The St. Paul Dental Implants Office uses Cone Beam CT x-ray technology to create a 3-D image of the patient’s teeth and bones. This technology allows for better planning and completion of dental implant treatment.
The crown portion of the implant is made to closely match the shade and shape of surrounding teeth. Once the process is complete, a dental implant tooth is virtually indistinguishable from the rest of the patient’s natural teeth. Because of their composition, dental implants are strong and durable, lasting for many years with proper dental care and routine oral hygiene.
Contact Info: About the St. Paul Dental Implants Office
Dr. Mark Malterud received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University Of Minnesota School Of Dentistry. Dr. Malterud is a Board Member of the Academy of General Dentistry and a founding member of the Academy of Biomimetic Dentistry. Dr. Malterud follows a philosophy of holistic dentistry to help patients keep healthy tooth structure while improving their smiles. He is committed to continuing his postgraduate education, and participates in over 250 hours of continuing dental education each year to help his patients by staying up-to-date with advancing technologies and practices.
Dr. Mark Malterud
770 Mount Curve Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55116-1165