Dental Implants: Too Good To Be True?

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If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth, the idea of dental implants like those available at Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove is probably very appealing. You may even have read things like this:

  • Dental implants are as good as natural teeth!
  • Implants can anchor dentures so they don’t slip around!
  • Dental implants are far superior to dental bridges!

Those are bold claims. But people with implants understand that they aren’t exaggerations.

A dental implant is a titanium post that is inserted into the jaw, where it fuses with the bone. A single implant can support one artificial tooth, which looks and functions like a natural tooth. Several implants, usually four, can support a denture.

Why Are Implants Better Than Dental Bridges?

When you get a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth, tooth structure from the neighboring or ‘abutment’ teeth is removed. This is so the bridge can be securely mounted to the adjacent teeth.

Think about that. It compromises the two teeth on either side of the missing tooth. That’s why dental bridges are often called a three-tooth solution to a one-tooth problem.

This isn’t necessary with a dental implant.

Dental Bridges Are More Susceptible to Tooth Decay

It can be difficult to keep the area under a dental bridge clean. Food bits accumulate in the small spaces. This creates plaque buildup. Tooth decay under dental bridges is a common problem.

Remember, these teeth have been adapted to hold the dental bridge. If decay develops, the bridge has to be removed. The decayed teeth are filled or crowned. If the decay is severe, the teeth may need root canals.

Dental Bridges and Dentures Don’t Stimulate Bone Growth

When a tooth is extracted, the root is removed. This reduces blood circulation in the bone at the extraction site. Tooth roots help keep your jawbone healthy. When a root is no longer there, the bone recedes.

Since dental bridges and dentures don’t replace tooth roots, they can’t safeguard your bone structure. But a dental implant acts as a replacement root, and prevents bone recession.

Dental implants from Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove are the ideal replacement for missing teeth. We offer our patients a full range of restorative dentistry, and other services. Call to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:

763-494-4443

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
55369

 

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Missing Teeth? Don’t Miss Out On A Beautiful Smile

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Are you missing one or more of your teeth? At least three million Americans have replaced a missing tooth with a dental implant, and that number grows each year. At Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove, we restore and beautify smiles with these dental marvels.

A dental implant is a titanium post that is implanted into your jaw. An artificial tooth goes on top of the post.

One of the things that make dental implants so popular is that they blend in so easily with the patient’s remaining teeth. They look and function like natural teeth, and are therefore an excellent, long-term option.

Another benefit of dental implants is that they prevent bone recession, which is common in people who have lost teeth. The titanium post goes where the tooth root used to be, which strengthens the bone.

For patients missing all of their teeth, implants can be used to anchor dentures, providing a much firmer, more secure fit. Many patients report newfound confidence in  themselves, after years of embarrassment caused by missing teeth.

To find out more about dental implants from Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove, please schedule an appointment. We also provide family dentistry, and many other services. Call our office today!

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:

763-494-4443

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
55369

 

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Do I Floss My New Dental Implant?

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Dental implants are among the special procedures we perform at Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove. Patients usually ask a lot of good questions about their new implants. A really good one is: Do I need to change my flossing technique for an implant?

Brushing and flossing should be part of your daily dental care. Like your natural teeth, a permanent dental implant also requires brushing and flossing. Otherwise it is susceptible to the same plaque buildup. If it isn’t cleaned off every day, it could lead to a condition called peri-implantitis, which is similar to gum disease. It could result in the loss of the implant.

So keep that new implant clean! Here are some tips:

Criss-Cross Shoe Shine

Insert the floss behind the implant and bring both ends through to the front. Cross the strings, and trade hands so your hands aren’t crossed. Now move in a shoe-shine motion to clean all around the implant.

Some men and women prefer the tape style floss over the conventional type.

Gentle and Thorough

When brushing, use a soft toothbrush and low-abrasive toothpaste. Aggressive brushing can damage the soft tissues in your mouth and bring about gum recession.

Manual, Electric, or Sonic Brush?

You can use a manual brush, electric, or sonic type. If it is difficult for you to brush with a manual brush, try an electric or sonic style.

Some patients are advised to use an interproximal brush to clean around the implant area.

You may also be prescribed an antimicrobial mouth rinse. This is an measure of protection if you have diminished mobility or are susceptible to inflammation.

Dental implants have been called one of the great advances in modern dentistry. The implants from Arbor Lakes Dental look and function like natural teeth, but it’s essential you keep them clean, just like natural teeth. Our services include family dentistry. Schedule an appointment today.

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:

763-494-4443

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
55369

 

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The Health And Beauty Consequences Of Missing Teeth

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This post from Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove focuses on missing teeth and bone health.

Our teeth have many critical functions. We need them to chew our food, talk, and smile. But have you ever considered their role in holding up your face? When we lose teeth, the bone around the site of the extraction begins to pull back. This, in turn, causes our facial muscles to sink in and collapse.

Bone Metabolism

We sometimes think of bone as a solid mass, unlike the softer tissues in our body. In reality, below the seemingly rock-hard surface, bone tissue is full of small holes, kind of like a sponge. In the interior bone tissue, the bone is constantly regenerating itself. This indispensable process is sometimes called “bone metabolism.” In the jaw bone, the movement of the teeth stimulates this process of rebuilding. When the tooth is gone, the bone starts to shrink as blood flow is reduced.

People with missing teeth not only have an unsightly gap in their smile, they begin to look older because of the bone recession and eventual facial sagging.  It is not simply an issue of attractiveness—it poses serious health hazards. It may become difficult to chew food, making it harder to get correct nutrition. Mental health can also be impacted when a patient with missing teeth loses confidence or withdraws from social situations because they are uncomfortable with their smile.

Dental Implants Can Prevent Bone Recession

Modern dentistry to the rescue! Dental implant technology provides a tooth restoration solution that preserves healthy bone metabolism while providing near-normal tooth function. For people missing many (or all) of their teeth, it may not be possible to replace every single tooth with a permanent tooth implant. In many of these cases, dental implants can be used to provide an anchor for a partial denture.

If you are missing teeth, dental implants from Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove may be just what you’ve been looking for. We also provide family dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:

763-494-4443

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
55369

 

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Missing Teeth and Dental Implants

It’s a deceptively simple idea: replace a missing tooth by attaching an artificial one directly to the patient’s jaw. It’s an idea that has been around for a thousand years or more, but in the last half century, it has become an exact science. Dental implants are one of the specialties offered at Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove.

First, let’s clear up one point: a dental implant refers not to the artificial tooth, but to the titanium post that is embedded in the jaw. It goes where the tooth root used to be, and because of that, helps to prevent bone recession. An artificial tooth sits on top of the post.

A bridge used to be the only real option for people who wanted to replace a missing tooth. Not anymore. The American Dental Association says that dental implants are one of the biggest advances in dentistry. They look and function just like a natural tooth.

If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth, dental implants may be just what you’ve been hoping for. Call us at Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove to see if you are a viable candidate. We also provide family dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:

763-494-4443

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
55369

 

Missing Teeth and Dental Implants in Maple Grove

It’s a deceptively simple idea: replace a missing tooth by attaching an artificial one directly to the patient’s jaw. It’s an idea that has been around for a thousand years or more, but in the last half century, it has become an exact science. Implants are one of the specialties offered at Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove.

First, let’s clarify one point: a dental implant refers not to the artificial tooth, but to the titanium post that is embedded in the jaw. It goes where the tooth root used to be, and because of that, helps to prevent bone recession. An artificial tooth sits on top of the post.

A bridge used to be the only real option for people who wanted to replace a missing tooth. Not anymore. The American Dental Association says that dental implants are one of the biggest advances in dentistry. They look and function just like a natural tooth.

Even people who are missing all of their teeth can benefit from dental implants. New, permanent styles of dentures can be supported in the jaw by implants. They are far more secure than traditional dentures.

If you have lost one or more of your natural teeth, dental implants may be just what you’ve been hoping for. Call us at Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove to see if you are a viable candidate. We also provide family and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:

763-494-4443

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
55369

You, Only Better: Cosmetic Dentistry in Maple Grove

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If you’re looking for the brightest, whitest smile possible but want to be sure any dental work looks natural, Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove can show you how to achieve it with cosmetic dentistry.

At Arbor Lakes Dental, we use effective, cost sensitive, cutting-edge methods and tools as we create the best smile for each individual.

Many professionals and public figures are taking advantage of modern cosmetic dentistry to improve their appearance and enhance their natural attractiveness. Perhaps you have noticed how men and women in the media have smiles that seem extremely bright and beautiful.

Some of these people may be blessed with naturally beautiful teeth. But others have probably used procedures that are available to you, too. They include teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental implants, and clear braces. Whether you’re in your fifties, sixties, seventies or beyond, these can give you that smile you’ve always wanted.

Arbor Lakes Dental has been offering cosmetic and family dentistry in Maple Grove since 1992. Call for an appointment today.

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:

763-494-4443

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
55369

 

Missing Teeth? Dental Implants Restore Maple Grove Smiles

Missing Teeth In Maple Grove? Dentures And Implants Restore Smiles

If you have had years of dental problems or are embarrassed by a missing tooth, our team at Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove can help. You may be a candidate for dental implants.

A dental implant is a permanent tooth restoration that is anchored into the jawbone. An implant is a titanium post that replaces the root of the missing tooth. An artificial tooth, known as a restoration, is fitted on top of the implant.

Dental implants have many advantages over options like a bridge. Implants prevent jaw bone recession, which can occur when natural teeth are removed.

In patients missing most or all of their natural teeth, dental implants can also be used to anchor a removable denture. The denture is attached to the implants for no-slip confidence.

Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health, improving your ability to eat and speak. If you are embarrassed to smile or laugh, it’s time to bring back your beautiful smile!

In addition to dental implants, Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove provides family and cosmetic dentistry. Call today for an appointment.

Contact Arbor Lakes Dental – Jamie L. Sledd, DDS:

763-494-4443

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota
55369

 

How Dental Implants Are Changing Dentures In Maple Grove

How Dental Implants are Changing Dentures in Maple Grove If you are one of the many Maple Grove denture wearers, you know that they are not the ideal solution for missing teeth.

The problems with dentures include slipping, gum irritation, trouble eating and talking, bone loss, and inability to taste food due to a covered palate. Clearly, dentures do not feel or function like natural teeth.

Good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups can help you avoid the need for dentures later in your life, but other factors can make dental replacements an inevitability.

The good news? Modern dental implant technology offers a better tooth restoration solution. If you currently wear traditional dentures and are not happy with them, implant anchored dentures may dramatically change your life. Your chewing ability will be similar to that of natural teeth and you will be able to eat hard foods again.

How about a thick T-bone at your favorite Maple Grove steakhouse? In addition to being able to enjoy your meal, you will avoid the embarrassment of having your dentures rattle around in your mouth in public.

Before you pay for another denture reline, ask your Maple Grove dentist about the possibility of dental implants.

Attention Maple Grove denture wearers: there is life after dentures with tooth implants!

Come see us at Arbor Lakes Dental at 12000 Elm Creek Blvd, Ste 230 in Maple Grove, 55369 for more information about dental implants.

Jamie Sledd
Arbor Lakes Dental
12000 Elm Creek Blvd, Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota 55369
(763)494-4443
https://www.arborlakesdental.com/about-arbor-lakes-dental

Save Money With Dental Implants at Arbor Lakes Dental

Save Money With Dental Implants at Arbor Lakes DentalQ: For Minneapolis residents: When is the least expensive tooth replacement method really the most expensive?
A: When it ends up costing far more in the long run.

Many Maple Grove, Champlin and Plymouth dentistry patients who lose a tooth do not understand the importance of replacing it with a dental implant. They wrongly believe that one missing tooth is not a significant problem. In fact, some people who have an abscessed tooth extracted are so glad the pain is gone that they forget that the extraction is not the solution. When a tooth is lost, the risk of losing the adjacent teeth increases dramatically.

Dr. David Scharf, a Board Certified Periodontist and Dental Implant Surgeon and a Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University College of Dentistry says:

“Many times consumers will choose to replace a missing tooth with a removable partial denture because it is the least expensive option. In the long run however, removable partial dentures may be more costly due the loss of adjacent teeth and the need for future replacements. Many people opt to replace teeth with dental implants because they do not compromise the survival of the adjacent teeth.”

Dr. Scharf notes…

“With the price of gasoline and food soaring people try to cut back wherever they can. Unfortunately choosing the least expensive options for tooth replacement can have some very costly ramifications down the road.”

If you are missing a tooth, you may still be able to save the adjacent teeth if you receive an implant soon. An implant bonds with the jaw bone and helps maintain its stability.

To schedule a dental implant consultation, call Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove at (763)494-4443. In addition to cosmetic dentistry, we provide comprehensive general dentistry for families in the Maple Grove, Minnesota area.