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    Dental Breakthroughs On The Horizon

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    At Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS, we use the latest proven dental technology to provide our patients with quality general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. In addition, we keep tabs on the most recent dental research that is driving the industry forward.

    Here are some of the exciting dental technologies currently being evaluated and tested:

    Fill and Heal: Bioactive Glass
    A new type of filling created from ‘bioactive glass’ has been shown to prolong the life of fillings by restricting secondary decay and replacing lost minerals.

    “Bioactive glass, which is a type of crushed glass that is able to interact with the body, has been used in some types of bone healing for decades. This type of glass is only beginning to see use in dentistry, and our research shows it may be very promising for tooth fillings.”1 Jamie Kruzic, professor of advanced structural and biomaterials at the Oregon State University College of Engineering

    Stem Cells
    Stem cell regenerative medicine is poised to furnish a myriad of exciting breakthroughs in dentistry.

    A research team from the University of Nottingham and Harvard University is applying stem cell technology to dentistry with the development of stem-cell based biomaterials that regenerate tooth dentin.2 The purpose is to use them in fillings and root canals to save and regenerate tooth structure. The research is in its early stages, but this technology could one day help preserve millions of smiles for individuals worldwide.

    3D Printing
    3D printing is already being used in some dental offices to construct aligners, retainers, drilling guides for implant placement, and extremely accurate models for restorations. As the printers become faster and less costly, you will be seeing them in more Minnesota  dental offices.

    Technology has its place, but experience, competence, and a warm and attentive chairside manner are just as crucial. The fun team at Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS invites you to enjoy the difference at our comfortable dental office. Call today to make an appointment.

    Note: The image to the right is a CAD-CAM (Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing) machine used for the production of dental restorations.

    1“Tooth fillings of the future may incorporate bioactive glass,” Oregon State University December 22, 2015, http://oregonstate.edu/ua/ncs/archives/2015/dec/tooth-fillings-future-may-incorporate-bioactive-glass, accessed on October 24, 2016
    2Liz Cass, “Fillings that heal your teeth – how regenerative medicine could change your visit to the dentist,” University of Nottingham, July 1, 2016, https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/news/pressreleases/2016/july/fillings-that-heal-your-teeth.aspx, accessed on October 24, 2016

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    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
    Maple Grove, Minnesota

    Change Your Life In 4 Steps

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    Healthy teeth that work as nature intended are indispensable for a high quality of life and overall health. Folks who live with dentures know what I’m talking about.

    There is no question that dentures are preferable to a completely toothless mouth, but they are not trouble free. Your mouth provides several basic functions, each of which can be impaired by the hassles of dentures.

    Dentures can make it hard to chew and taste food. It’s embarrassing to talk when they are slipping around in your mouth and laughing can dislodge them entirely. They can even make it hard to breathe – and it doesn’t get more basic than that.

    Even if you have had dentures for many years, you may be a candidate for dental implants. Dental implants are an unusually versatile custom-made substitute for dentures.

    Dental implants can be used to replace several teeth and/or anchor over dentures. Mini dental implants (also called denture-stabilization implants) allow your dentist to securely attach an appliance so that it won’t slip or irritate gums. Small titanium posts are implanted into the jawbone and fuse with the surrounding bone, building a tough base for an over denture.

    Here is the process:

    1. Examination and Assessment
    During your first visit, your dentist will take x-rays and assess your mouth and the condition of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Your dentist will assess options with you and together you will create a treatment plan.

    2. Implant Placement
    A complete tooth implant and restoration consists of the actual implant or root replacement, an abutment, and final restoration. The first step is to insert the titanium alloy implant into your jawbone. This is not as difficult or painful as it sounds. Most patients are surprised at how rapid and easy the procedure is.

    3. Integration
    Implant surgery would not be successful if your jawbone did not welcome an artificial and non-biological tooth root. Amazingly, in the vast majority of cases, the jawbone tightly fuses with the implant to establish an extremely durable foundation for the final restoration. It takes from three to six months for your jawbone to work its amazing magic.

    4. Final Restoration
    Whether your last step is a crown, bridge, or denture, your dentist will work with the lab to manufacture a beautiful and functional restoration. A connecting piece called an abutment attaches the restoration to the artificial root(s). The crown, bridge, or denture is all that is visible at the end of the process. Dental implant restorations are practically indistinguishable from initial teeth.

    Dental implant patients of all ages are extremely happy with the better quality of life implants provide.

    Are breathing, speaking, eating, tasting, and laughing comfortably important to you? Call us to schedule a consultation.


    Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS: 763-515-1171

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
    Maple Grove, Minnesota


    Does Your Teen Have Unique Dental Challenges?

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    Let’s face it, parents. Some teens don’t always practice healthy dental hygiene or eating habits. They may not be happy or comfortable with their adult teeth, leading you both to consider braces. At Arbor Lakes Dental, we want to keep your teen’s smile healthy for life. In addition to scheduling regular dental checkups and orthodontic consultations, it’s wise to make sure they’re also practicing health eating habits. Here are a few issues to look out for:

    Eating disorders

    Eating disorders affect everyone, but generally this behavior begins in adolescence. Eating disorders such as  bulimia can cause enamel erosion, decay, and even complete tooth loss. We strongly advise you to talk to your child immediately and provide appropriate medical care and counseling.

    The importance of diet cannot be overstated. Many teenagers decrease their calcium intake–a danger to tooth and bone health–in favor of sodas and energy drinks. Make sure they’re drinking milk or taking calcium supplements, if necessary. Our experienced staff can help you spot these problems, so don’t hesitate to give us a call at 763-515-1171 if you have any questions.

    Tobacco use, as well as the abuse of some illegal drugs, carries an increased risk of tooth decay and oral cancer. Oral piercings can be extremely detrimental. The health risks include tooth and gum damage, infection, allergic reactions, nerve damage, and excessive swelling that can block airways.

    Teens who are undergoing orthodontic treatment often have a difficult time properly cleaning their teeth. It is a challenge to fit toothbrush bristles and floss under dental hardware. Toothbrushes and flossing devices that squirt water can help teens with braces adequately clean their teeth and gums.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following  guidelines for adolescent oral health:

    Teens should drink fluoridated water.
    Fluoride supplementation is recommended for high risk teens that don’t have access to fluoridated water (up to age 16).
    Teens should use fluoridated toothpaste twice a day.
    Teens should floss daily.1

    Your teenager should come in for twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings. Call us at 763-515-1171 to schedule an appointment. We’re dedicated to oral health for patients of all ages.


    Contact Arbor Lakes Dental: 763-515-1171

    Arbor Lakes Dental
    12000 Elm Creek Blvd, Ste 230
    Maple Grove, Minnesota 55369


    1“Protecting All Children’s Teeth, Oral Health in Adolescence,” http://www2.aap.org/oralhealth/pact/, accessed September 17,  2014

    6 Easy Ways To Eat Like A Dentist In Maple Grove

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    There is nothing that influences your smile as much as your eating habits. Develop good eating habits and your dentist will smile down on you too.

    1. Rinse after eating
    Rinse your mouth with a drink of water or brush your teeth after a meal. Folks who snack all day long prolong tooth exposure to sugars and food debris. Planned meals with brushing in between keeps your oral health on top.

    2. Avoid sugary gum

    Sugar free gum doesn’t leave sugar to break down on your teeth and spoil your hard earned healthy gums. If you are one of the many gum chewers, do your teeth a favor and go sugarless.

    3. Avoid sticky foods
    Sticky foods have a habit of clinging to your teeth with stronger chances for decay. Toffee, gummy candy, fruit snacks, even dried fruit can be problematic for smiles. Brushing doesn’t always remove the obstinate particles.

    4. Consume nutritious foods
    A balanced diet with a variety of vitamins and minerals can keep the immune system and able to fight infection.

    5. Consume cheese
    Cheese contains calcium and protects from acid that breaks down tooth enamel. (It’s essential not to go overboard as cheese is high in fat.)

    6. Avoid acidic foods
    Acid will eat away enamel over time: lemons, red wine, soda pop. Minimize direct, constant, consistent exposure. All things in moderation.

    If you have concerns about enamel damage that’s already taken place on your teeth, need help with crooked, chipped or missing teeth, or just need to get in for a check up, call Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove today at 763-515-1171

    We’ll answer your questions about cosmetic dentistry, dental bridges, and gum disease. We know braces, veneers, dental implants, oral sedation, and the cost of cosmetic dentistry can bring up questions and concerns. Dr. Jamie Sledd helps curb those worries and brings you to a place of knowledge and power. Make an appointment to discuss your dental goals.

    Contact Arbor Lakes Dental: 763-515-1171

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
    Maple Grove, Minnesota

    Get Those Teeth In Shape!

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    Dental bonding is one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedure, and it’s not difficult to see why. Many common dental problems can be treated with bonding.

    Bonding uses a very sturdy tooth-colored resin material. The material is applied to the teeth while it is soft, much like putty, and then it is set with a special light. This hardens the material which then bonds with the tooth and can be shaped and polished as necessary.

    Dentists may use dental bonding in the following cases:

    1. Repairing decayed, chipped, or cracked teeth

    2. Filling in spaces between teeth

    3. Protecting teeth after gums recede

    4. Changing the general shape of teeth

    5. Repairing discoloration as part of a complete smile transformation.

    Hello, my name is Dr. Jamie Sledd, and I am a dentist located at 12000 Elm Creek Blvd, Ste 230 in Maple Grove. My practice, Arbor Lakes Dental, offers the following services:

    cosmetic dentistry
    dental bridges
    gum disease
    porcelain veneers

    And more! So, if you are in the Champlin, Plymouth MN, or Osseo area and are in need of dental care or would like more specifics about cosmetic dentistry questions, please give us a call at 763-515-1171.

    We invite you to schedule an appointment today!

    Contact Arbor Lakes Dental: 763-515-1171

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
    Maple Grove, Minnesota


    The following website was used as source material for this blog: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-bonding, accessed on October 9, 2014

    Want To Perk Up Your Smile?

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    To upgrade your smile, all you need to do is pick up the phone and make an appointment with Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS.

    A Smile You Want to Show Off

    A whiter smile can change your life dramatically. Many of our patients feel more self-confident in personal and professional settings with their new, whiter smiles. White teeth brighten your smile and give you a reason to show them off. Who doesn’t need another reason to smile?

    We can help you illuminate your teeth through a number of solutions that range in cost. The least pricey teeth whitening treatments are those that you can do yourself at home. The quickest and easiest are the in-office professional teeth bleaching treatments.

    If you are interested in a bright smile, give us a call at 763-515-1171 to make a teeth whitening appointment. The hardest part will be dialing the phone, and in no time we’ll have you smiling bright.

    More Problems? We Have Solutions

    Perhaps your teeth have additional issues besides dull color. We can help you with all types of issues including chipped teeth, crooked teeth, uneven gumline, and even missing teeth.

    The fun team of dental professionals at Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS provide the full spectrum of general and cosmetic dental services including cosmetic dentistry, dental bridges and gum disease.



    Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS: 763-515-1171

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
    Maple Grove, Minnesota


    Why Is Fluoride So Good For Our Teeth?

    We dentists make a pretty big deal about fluoride and how good it is for your teeth. Truly, fluoride is the best cavity fighter out there, helping our teeth stay healthy and strong! But how exactly does fluoride do such an awesome job at keeping our mouths cavity-free?

    Fluoride Prevents And Repairs Tooth Decay

    The bacteria found in plaque produces acids that seep into tooth enamel and break it down. This process of breaking down enamel is what causes cavities over time. Where plaque breaks down the tooth, fluoride builds it up!

    Fluoride, a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water, protects teeth from cavity-causing bacteria by making tooth enamel more resistant to bacteria’s acid attacks.

    Fluoride also helps repair tooth decay in its early stages by building up the tooth in a process called remineralization. This cavity-fighting mineral even reduces the ability of plaque bacteria to produce acid in the first place!

    Fluoride Is Available In A Variety Of Forms

    Fluoride can be directly applied to the teeth through fluoridated toothpastes and mouth rinses. In fact, toothpaste with fluoride has been responsible for a significant drop in cavities since 1960.

    Dental offices also offer fluoride application to teeth as a gel, foam or varnish. Getting a fluoride treatment periodically is important because it contains a higher concentration of fluoride.

    Fluoride Intake Is Important At All Ages

    Exposure to fluoride can be especially beneficial for infants and children. Between the ages of six months and 16 years, fluoride becomes incorporated into the developing permanent teeth, protecting them from cavity-causing bacteria.

    However, adults and children alike need to get enough fluoride to protect their teeth. Just as important as strengthening developing teeth is fighting tooth decay, which fluoride will help you do even after your permanent teeth have come in.

    Increased exposure to fluoride can be beneficial for people with certain health conditions. For example, if you have dry mouth, gum disease or a history of frequent cavities, your dentist may recommend additional fluoride treatments or supplements. Ask us if you could benefit from additional fluoride.

    Tooth Decay Is Preventable

    The take home message is this: fluoride helps prevent tooth decay. If you have any questions about fluoride, call us or come in! We would love to hear from you!

    We love our patients and their smiles!

    Top image by Flickr user bradfordst219 used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.
    The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

    Time To Upgrade Your Smile?

    Cosmetic Dentistry Options Have you thought about upgrading your smile? Cosmetic dentistry offers many fantastic possibilities for Maple Grove residents.

    The quickest and least invasive procedure is light teeth whitening. The results are dramatic and teeth whitening side effects are minimal.

    If your teeth are slightly crooked, but require no orthodontic work, porcelain veneers could be the answer. Porcelain teeth veneers are translucent, wafer-thin covers that are permanently attached to the front of teeth, correcting chips and stains. Prepless veneers do not require the removal of tooth structure.

    If your teeth are more than slightly crooked, it’s not too late for braces. Dental patients of all ages are undergoing orthodontic treatment and achieving fantastic results. The newest braces are less noticeable, more comfortable and bring teeth into alignment much faster than old-school metal braces.

    Has gum recession caused the metal base of an old crown to be visible? Soft tissue grafts and/or crown replacement can correct this problem.

    Are you missing one or more teeth? One of the best tooth replacement options is a dental implant. A dental implant consists of a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. The post integrates with the bone to provide a stable foundation for the replacement tooth.

    Can you envision yourself with a dental makeover?
    Call Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS at 763-515-1171 to discuss your cosmetic dentistry options.


    Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS: 763-515-1171

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
    Maple Grove, Minnesota


    Those Baby Teeth Are A Big Deal

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    Today’s Maple Grove Children’s Dental Blog focuses on the issue of caring for baby teeth. Why would you take care of something that’s just going to fall out and be given to the tooth fairy? It’s a good question and it has a even better answer.

    Parents shouldn’t feel like they are wasting their time because baby teeth are more important than many people might think. Baby teeth are needed to keep the proper amount of space available for the permanent teeth that will come in later.

    Baby teeth are also invaluable in the development of clear speech. This is especially important for parents who are dying to know what their child means when they point to something repeatedly and say ‘scklash’ or ‘grag-grag’.

    Having healthy baby teeth will also help your child develop a healthy diet because difficulty chewing can lead to the rejection of many different foods.

    And, finally, tooth decay and infection can be passed down from baby teeth to permanent teeth as they develop below them. That’s not what you want for the teeth that kids are going to have for the rest of their lives. You may be setting them up to need cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers and dental implants.

    Hi. I’m Dr. Jamie Sledd, an experienced, kid-friendly Maple Grove dentist.
    I want my patients to have the best oral health possible. I also want them to look their best, so if you have any questions about a smile makeover or teeth whitening, give us a call at 763-515-1171.

    At Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS we offer:

    cosmetic dentistry
    dental bridges
    gum disease
    porcelain veneers

    Thanks for reading. Contact us today for all your dental needs!

    The following website was used as source material for this blog:
    http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/dental-health-your-childs-teeth, accessed on February 12, 2013


    Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS: 763-515-1171

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
    Maple Grove, Minnesota


    Dental Questions? We Have Answers.

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    Hello, Maple Grove! My name is Dr. Jamie Sledd. My dental practice, Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS, has been serving the area since 1992.

    If you have questions about oral health, cosmetic dentistry, preventative dentistry, children’s dental sealants, tooth implants, oral sedation, safe teeth whitening, or invisible braces, come to Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS for answers.

    My fun staff has helped me create an atmosphere of active listening. We enjoy getting to know our patients and determining each patient’s unique needs. We want to understand your dental goals and challenges and help you understand the hows and whys of recommended treatment.

    We are currently accepting new patients. If you are seeking a friendly children’s dentist or cosmetic dentist in Maple Grove, we invite you to come in and meet our fun team.

    Many of our new dental patients ask us about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening, smile makeovers and dental implants. We would love to meet with you about these procedures as well as our other dental services.

    If you have small children, it is important for you to make decisions about protective sealants and fluoride supplements. If you have older children, it is helpful to discuss braces, sports mouthguards, and tooth decay prevention. If you are not happy with your smile, we would like to introduce you to the latest in cosmetic dentistry. If you are missing teeth, dental implants may be the prime solution. If you have a family member with a chronic illness, we can counsel you about the impact their condition has on oral health. Oral cancer screenings are essential for patients of all ages.

    Thank you for visiting our dental blog and taking the time to learn more about Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS. Call today to schedule a consultation.

    It’s About You, Your Smile, Our Relationship and Your Trust


    Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS: 763-515-1171

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
    Maple Grove, Minnesota



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