Get On Top Of Your To-Do List: Dental Health in Maple Grove

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Call it Spring Cleaning, or a Hard Reset. If you’ve been putting off your dental checkup and cleaning, it’s time to pick up the phone and call Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove. We’ll help you stay on top of your dental health.

Seeing us every six months is a good rule of thumb. But it’s easy to put it off, and put it off, until – well, until too much time has gone by.

We encourage all of our patients to maintain a brushing-and-flossing regimen at home. Even if you do, though, it’s still important to have a cleaning and checkup twice a year. We can look for problems that you may not be aware of, because dental issues don’t always become visible of painful to the patient until they’re in advanced stages. And treatment is always better during the early stages, no matter the issue.

If you’ve been pushing your six month checkup to the back burner, maybe it’s time to just get it out of the way. Give Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove a call to set up an appointment. We provide family and restorative dentistry, as well as cosmetic dentistry, including teeth whitening.

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


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: 763-494-4443

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

12000 Elm Creek Blvd N Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota


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 763-494-4443 to discuss your cosmetic dentistry options.


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


Restoring Teeth At Arbor Lakes Dental

Tooth Restoration in Maple Grove At Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove, we use a variety of techniques to restore damaged teeth. Most Minneapolis dental patients are familiar with fillings. Traditional fillings are also called ‘direct restorations‘ because they are applied to the tooth and then shaped and polished in one visit.

Another type of filling is called an ‘indirect restoration’ and is fabricated in a dental lab. There are two types: inlays and onlays.

When a tooth needs more extensive dental restoration, a crown is often used. At Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove, we create strong, natural-looking crowns from a variety of materials.

What if the tooth is damaged beyond repair? There are a number of functional replacements for missing teeth. Dentures are not the only option.

Call 763-494-4443 to learn about the restoration options available. We have been improving smiles for Minneapolis and Osseo patients since 1992.

Whether the damage is caused by decay, injury, bite problems, or natural wear; Jamie Sledd DDS will choose the best dental treatment plan for your tooth restoration needs. Arbor Lakes Dental is conveniently located at 12000 Elm Creek Blvd, Ste 230 in Maple Grove. We provide quality dental care for Maple Grove area families.

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

Choosing A Dentist In Maple Grove

Choosing A Dentist In Maple Grove The American Dental Association offers some welcome advice for choosing a dentist in Maple Grove. We have already talked about how word of mouth is an important factor in how many people find a dentist. Here are some things you should look for in an Maple Grove dentist:

Location is always a factor when choosing a dentist in Maple Grove. If you live in the Maple Grove Minnesota area, there are many options, and most Maple Grove locations are not too far out of the way. While location plays an important role in convenience, many people are willing to drive a little farther for a better experience with their Maple Grove dentist.

Relationship is a strong factor. Your Maple Grove dentist should be approachable, and should make you feel comfortable when you are in the dental chair. After all, your Maple Grove dentist will be working very close with you to help you achieve a high level of oral hygiene; you most certainly will want to have a good, professional, comfortable relationship with your Maple Grove dentist and the dental office staff.

Specialty is another important factor in choosing a dentist in Maple Grove. Some dentists specialize in cosmetic dentistry. Others specialize in corrective dentistry such as braces. Depending on your need, you may select a local Maple Grove dentist who can solve your immediate concern. Bare in mind, however, that it is good to have a general dentist who can maintain your dental history and work with you to through the years.

If you are looking for a dentist in Maple Grove, please come by and speak with me. I can address your interest in any of these critical areas, and will be happy to introduce you to Arbor Lakes Dental.

I look forward to meeting you.

-Jamie Sledd, DDS


3 Tooth Problems Which May Require A Root Canal

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Hello Minnesota, let’s talk about the root canal procedure (“endodontic therapy” in dentist – speak). The root canal may be the most cringe-worthy dental treatment commonly done today, but it is important that dental patients in the Maple Grove, Plymouth MN, and Champlin areas know what is happening during this anxiety – inducing, though routine, procedure.

At the center of each tooth is a very small tissue called the pulp. This thread-like tissue can become damaged due to:

An injury to a tooth
A very deep cavity
A crack in the tooth

If this tissue becomes damaged or infected, it can build up at the root tip inside the jawbone and form an abscess. If left untreated, this can actually destroy the bone around the tooth and cause serious discomfort.

When an endodontist, oral surgeon, or general dentist in Maple Grove performs a root canal, the dead or diseased pulp is taken out, the space that is left is cleaned and then it is shaped and filled. This eliminates the need for a diseased tooth to be pulled and continued cosmetic dentistry to fill in the gap.

Hi. I’m Dr. Jamie Sledd of Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove. I hope that today’s Maple Grove dental blog post has helped you to better understand root canals. I want my patients to have the best oral health possible and accurate dental information. I also want them to look their best, so if you have any questions about a smile makeover, dental implants, or teeth whitening, please give us a call at (763)494-4443.

At Arbor Lakes Dental we offer:

dental crowns
dental bridges
cosmetic dentistry
family dentistry

We hope to hear from you soon!

Dr. Jamie Sledd
Arbor Lakes Dental
12000 Elm Creek Blvd, Ste 230
Maple Grove, Minnesota

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Embarrassed By Your Teeth In Maple Grove?

Restorative Dentistry Maple Grove What is a beautiful smile worth? Maple Grove area men and women who have received a smile makeover at Arbor Lakes Dental say it was worth every penny.

Your smile is a part of you that you share with your Maple Grove family, friends, and colleagues every day. An attractive smile creates confidence. If you are embarrassed by your smile, you waste mental and physical energy trying to hide it.

How would your life improve if you felt comfortable in every social and professional situation? If you have been trying to hide your smile for years, what incorrect assumptions have others made about you? Do you come across as self-conscious or distant because you hardly laugh at jokes and barely crack a smile when you meet someone for the first time?

Investing in Maple Grove restorative dentistry is the best way to feel younger, more attractive, and able to share your true self. When you quit trying to hide your teeth, you are free to put all your energy into your work, play–everything!

At Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove, Dr. Jamie Sledd carefully shapes perfect smiles for our Maple Grove smile design patients.

We also make sure our Maple Grove smile makeover clients are completely relaxed during treatment. If you are afraid of dentists, or have had negative experiences in the past, rest assured that we understand how you feel and our caring dental team will do our best to alleviate your concerns.

Come in for a Maple Grove cosmetic dental consultation. Learn about Maple Grove dental implants, porcelain crowns, invisible braces, veneers and sedation dentistry.

Life is better when you love your smile. Call Arbor Lakes Dental in Maple Grove today!

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

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

Full Mouth Reconstruction in Plymouth MN

Cosmetic Dentistry Plymouth MN Dental techniques and materials have advanced to a point where total and near-total mouth reconstruction is possible right here in the Plymouth MN area.

Unlike conventional removable dentures, extensive mouth reconstruction involves strong, functional and aesthetically pleasing teeth with roots permanently anchored into the jaw bone.

You have probably heard around Plymouth MN about dental implants; the tooth replacement option that is, in most cases, the best possible replacement for a missing tooth. Dental implants have been used in Plymouth MN for many years to replace one or two missing teeth. However, they can also provide a structure for crowns, bridges, and anchored dentures that replace nearly every tooth in the mouth!

Every Plymouth MN area smile makeover patient requires a somewhat unique combination of cosmetic dental procedures, but let’s talk about a hypothetical case involving several restorations:

‘Linda’ was a 52 year-old Plymouth MN patient with a mouthful of problems. She was missing most of her back teeth on both her upper and lower arch. Four of her front teeth were chipped and her gums had eroded revealing the metal bases of two old dental crowns.

To restore a beautiful, strong and youthful-looking smile, she would receive dental implants to anchor partial dentures for her upper and lower back teeth. After soft tissue grafts, her front teeth would receive a combination of porcelain veneers and crowns.

The result? A stunning smile, renewed confidence and no more slipping dentures!

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Is Malocclusion Causing Your Headache?

TMJ Treatment Maple Grove Are you a Maple Grove adult who suffers with chronic headaches? Have you tried Imitrex, diet adjustments, and chiropractic treatment? Perhaps the cause is not stress-induced tension, spine alignment or eyestrain. Maybe the culprit is right under your nose.

Bite misalignment or malocclusion is a common Maple Grove problem that often goes undetected. Nature intended the front teeth to fit slightly forward from the lower teeth. With a perfect bite, the molars fit together like precision gears.

Malocclusion can cause headaches, tooth loosening, tooth fracture, and in extreme cases, difficulty chewing, speaking or breathing.

Maple Grove braces are an effective solution for most bite problems. Braces not only move teeth, they can also correct the position and function of the joints, muscles and bones in the jaw. In cases of extreme malocclusion, jaw surgery in Maple Grove may be necessary.

Not all Maple Grove family dentists treat bite problems. At Arbor Lakes Dental we treat all types of malocclusion including overbite, underbite and crossbite. For a TMJ treatment consultation, call us at (763)494-4443.

Arbor Lakes Dental offers technologically-advanced cosmetic and restorative dentistry in a friendly environment. We offer smile whitening, veneers, tooth-colored fillings and dental implants. To learn more about our dental philosophy and available procedures, see

Dr. Jamie Sledd is a proud member of the Minnesota Dental Association.

Dental Implants In Plymouth MN

Dental Implants Plymouth MN The best permanent tooth replacement treatment available to Plymouth MN people who are missing teeth are dental implants.

A dental implant is a metal (ideally titanium) rod implanted into the bone to replace the missing root. The crown and supporting structure are securely and permanently attached to the rod. Titanium is amazingly strong and extremely well tolerated by the human body. There are very few instances of rejection. In fact, most Plymouth MN implant dentists are not familiar with any such cases.

Tooth implants offer a long-term solution to tooth loss. Are you a good Plymouth candidate for tooth implant surgery?

Because the metal rod is anchored into the jaw bone, it is essential that you have enough healthy bone at the implant site. Dr. Jamie Sledd can determine if you do.

Age is rarely a factor. Dental implants have proved to be successful for Plymouth MN people of all ages. Dr. Sledd provides comprehensive cosmetic dental care for every member of the family.

There are a few medical issues that may affect your eligibility for implants. These include diabetes, osteoporosis, radiation therapy for cancer, parathyroid disorders, bone disorders and leukemia. The presence of one or more of these conditions does not necessarily mean an implant cannot work for you; discuss any health issues with Dr. Jamie Sledd during your implant consultation.

Arbor Lakes Dental is located at 12000 Elm Creek Blvd, Ste 230 Maple Grove, MN. Call (763)494-4443 to schedule a restorative dentistry consultation.