Sunday, February 19, 2017

Implant Dentist In Maple Grove MN | Dental Implants Can Change Your Life

Implant Dentist In Maple Grove MN | Whether You’re Missing One Tooth, Several Teeth, or All of Your Teeth, Dental Implants May Be The Perfect Solution For You.

Dental Implants In Maple Grove MN
Are You Missing One Missing Tooth?
If you are only missing one tooth, one dental implant is enough to replace it. Once your implant is placed we will take an impression of the space, as well as the surrounding teeth.  This will allow us to create a custom implant crown that will replace your missing tooth.  Implant crowns have the same feel of natural teeth, and they will blend naturally with the rest of your smile. 

Are You Missing Multiple Teeth?
Traditional dental bridges require using adjacent teeth to anchor  a traditional bridge in place.  When you make a traditional bridge, you have to alter healthy teeth to do this. With Dental Implants there is no need to touch otherwise healthy teeth.  The dental implants will support the new bridge, filling in any spaces where you had missing teeth.  

Are You Missing A Full Arch Of Teeth, Or All Of Your Teeth?
When people are missing a full arch of teeth (all of their upper or all of their lower teeth) traditionally, dentures have been used to replace them.  Dentures are removable, they are generally held i place by adhesives, and can be uncomfortable. The problem with dentures is that they often do not fit comfortably, and after wearing them for a while, the jaw bone can begin to deteriorate, bone resorbs, and that can lead to facial collapse. Another option would be to make dentures that are supported by Dental Implants.  When dentures are supported by Dental Implants, they are stable, they are comfortable, and the implants support the jaw bone so less bone resorbs. 

The number of dental implants used to support the denture varies from person to person based on how much bone is available, and based on the type of final denture the patient wants.  Some dentures can be snapped on and off by the patient, and some are more permanent, and can only be removed by a dentist.  
Find out about all of the dental implant options that are available to you, and how we can enhance and restore the function and the beauty of your smile by scheduling your FREE Dental Implant Consultation Today.  

Give our office a call right now at (763) 424-4544 to schedule your Free Dental Implant Consultation, and take the first step to enjoying the freedom of eating comfortably and smiling confidently again every day!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Dentist Maple Grove MN | Dr. Michael Colbert Shares Dental Health Tips For Children And Teens

Dentist Maple Grove MN  | Dr. Michael Colbert would like to share the following dental health tips with parents of children and teens.  The first thing you need to know is that teeth are really important.  Even Baby Teeth!!!  Don't give teeth the brush off!
Parents should help babies and toddlers with brushing and flossing their teeth, but even older children may not have the manual dexterity to properly clean their teeth. Here are some tips for establishing good dental habits:
For Children Under age 3

When teeth first emerge, brush your child's with a tiny amount of  fluoride toothpaste at least twice daily.  Our office recommends using about as much as a grain of rice on an infant size soft toothbrush. We also recommend that you begin flossing their teeth as soon as you have two teeth that touch.
For Children Ages 3 to 6

At about age 3-6, you will increase the amount of toothpaste that you use to about the size of a pea.  Make sure that you are brushing your child's teeth, at least twice daily.

Make sure that you teach your child to spit, not swallow the toothpaste.

As your child gets older teach them how to brush by themselves, but be sure to supervise them.  We want to teach them healthy habits from a young age!

For Children Ages 7 to 8

You will still want to continue to supervising your child's brushing.  When you bring them in for their dental hygiene visit, we can show you how to use disclosing tablets at home. Disclosing tablets stain the plaque on the teeth, making it visible so that you can easily brush it away.  It also makes it easy to show your child where they missed when they brush.  At this point we will also show your child how to use a floss threader to make flossing easier.  

For Your Pre-Teens and Teens

Our office recommends that they brush at least twice daily and floss at least once daily. Other really important advice would be to make sure they avoid sugary or starchy snacks which could make them much more prone to cavities.  You also want to educate them on the dangers of smoking and chewing tobacco.  

If your child plays sports, please make an appointment so that we can make them a custom fitting mouthguard.  Dental injuries are very common during sporting activities and we want to make sure we minimize that.  Store bought, over the counter mouth guards are NOT effective for this.

We also want to educate teens about the dangers of lip and tongue piercings.  Infections and broken teeth are just some of the problems.  

For ALL children and Teens (And Parents Too!!)

Be sure to see us here at Gentle Family Dental at least twice a year (or more often depending on your particular needs) for your professional Dental Hygiene Visit or Periodontal Maintenance Visit.  At these very important visits we will do a thorough exam, check for tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer.  One of our skilled hygienists will also professionally clean your teeth and give you a professional strength fluoride treatment to reduce your chances of any new cavities by as much as 70%.  We are totally committed to both your oral health and your overall health.  

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Dental Implants in Maple Grove MN. Don't Be Afraid To Smile Any Longer!

Did you know that your teeth affect your whole body. When they’re healthy, you’re healthier too.

If you are missing a single tooth or several teeth, it can affect your bite,  your speech and can also affect the types of food that you can eat.  When you are missing teeth, you also put added stresses on the remaining teeth.  This often leads to increased wear and damage.  Patients with missing teeth also report that they experience headaches and/or jaw pain more often due to the added stresses on the joints and muscles.

In addition to the problems that missing teeth can create for your health, missing teeth can also affect your appearance.  People with missing teeth often get that “sunken in” appearance, and look much older than their years.  Who would want their appearance and health to deteriorate?   Unfortunately, that is the consequence of not replacing missing teeth.  The jawbone resorbs, and literally melts away.   In general, people who have missing teeth lose about 25% of their supporting jawbone structure within the first year that their teeth are lost. 

Dental implants can help prevent this bone loss.  When ever possible, dental implants are placed when teeth are first extracted.  This can drastically reduce bone loss.  It is in your best interest to place a dental implant as soon as possible after you lose a tooth because if bone is lost, it has to be replaced, and this becomes much more difficult as time passes. 

Here’s the great news for you if you’re missing a single tooth, or even multiple teeth.  Dental Implants act just like your natural teeth. They will protect and preserve your bone structure.  They will keep you healthier, and will prevent that sunken in look, protecting your appearance. 

Our dental team will provide you with options so that you can make the most informed decision concerning the replacement of your missing teeth.  We have solutions for every dental need!

A good candidate for dental implants is anyone missing one or more teeth, or anyone who is currently wearing dentures who is unhappy with them.  

Age is not a factor.  We have successfully restored smiles on young and old patients.
We suggest beginning with a complimentary consultation to decide if dental implants are the right choice for you.  


Many of our patients have told us that before they had their dental implants placed, they were embarrassed to smile for years, they were unable to eat the foods that they loved, and they actually felt like a part of their body was missing because they were missing teeth.   After getting their dental implants, patients say they feel younger, they look better, they are no longer ashamed to smile, and are thrilled that they can eat and enjoy all the foods they love again. 

If you are missing one tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth, give our office a call today at    (763) 424-4544 to schedule your dental implant consultation.  We will have you smiling, enjoying foods you love, and enjoying life again in no time.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year From Dr. Michael Colbert

New Year’s Day marks the beginning of the calendar year in most parts of the world. The holiday is celebrated on January 1st of each year. Customs and celebrations vary by country, religion, and even individual desires. Whether celebrated quietly or with gusto, the day brings the start of new opportunities for those that observe it.
United States and Canada
In both the US and Canada, celebrations begin on New Year’s Eve. At midnight on January 1st the New Year is welcomed with bells, horns, whistles, and other noisemakers. Fireworks are often part of the celebrations. In New York City, Times Square comes alive with revelers. In Toronto, there are large celebrations which may feature concerts, late-night partying, sporting events, and fireworks, with free public transit service during peak party times. Many individuals in North America greet the year by making resolutions for improvements in their lives.
In China, many people celebrate two forms of a new year. They may observe January 1st, but the traditional Chinese New Year is based on a lunar calendar. Parades with paper lanterns and dragons made from silk are a significant part of the festivities. Legends say that the dragon spends most of its time in hibernation so fireworks are used to keep the dragon awake.
Jewish Celebration
Jewish New Year’s observances begin with Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the New Year, and end with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. This ten-day celebration is held in September or October, based on the Hebrew calendar. The New Year is not marked as much with loud celebrations as with personal insight to mend wrongs and resolve to better oneself.
Other countries and cultures also have different dates for New Year’s Day observances:
  • Vietnam observes the New Year in February
  • In Iran, the day is celebrated on March 21st
  • Islamic cultures often observe the tenth day of the month of Muharram
  • Russian Orthodox observers use the Julian calendar and celebrate on January 14th
  • Buddhist celebrations are held from April 13th through 15th
If you observe New Year’s Day by making healthy resolutions, include dental care in your plans with Dr. Michael Colbert and the entire team at Gentle Family Dental Care.  The health of your teeth and gums contributes to your overall health. Caring for your mouth now can prevent many dental problems later in life as well as lower your risk for other systemic illnesses including Heart Disease, Diabetes, Alzheimer's Disease and even strokes!  
Gentle Family Dental Care wishes you a healthy, prosperous, and  a very Happy New Year! Give us a call today to schedule your dental exam and start your new year off right!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dentist in Maple Grove MN | What is Your Smile Saying About You?

Dentist in Maple Grove MN, Dr. Michael Colbert says, let’s face it, your smile says a lot about you. Your smile and the condition of your teeth are a direct reflection of you. The number one thing people notice when they meet you for the first time is your smile. People with attractive smiles are generally more confident, happier, friendlier and seem to enjoy life more.  They are also generally more respected an liked by others.  Your smile really does matter.
Studies show that 99.7% of Americans believe a smile is an important social asset. Also, a more pleasant smile can help you get ahead in life. People want to date someone who is attractive and who takes care of their appearance. Employers want to hire and promote people who are more attractive and who have a warm friendly smile. Over 74% of Americans believe an unattractive smile can hurt a person's chances of career success. Your smile is one of your biggest assets. Dull, stained, crooked or missing teeth can negatively affect how others feel about you and it affects how you feel about yourself.

The Dental Technology is Here

Advances in dental technology have made procedures we used to only dream about an everyday reality. There are veneers, cosmetic bonding, porcelain crowns, teeth whitening and dental implants - just to name a few. From no-prep/no anesthesia cosmetic veneers to extreme smile makeovers as seen on TV.

Look Years Younger With Cosmetic Dentistry

Would you like to look younger without the expense and risk of cosmetic surgery? Modern cosmetic dentistry can now offer dramatic changes in facial appearance without the need for invasive surgery and long recovery periods. The team at Gentle Family Dental are well versed in the latest facial restructuring techniques available to the cosmetic dentist.
The proper alignment of the teeth and the jaws can produce a startling and instantaneous change to a person's facial structure. Wrinkles can suddenly disappear, lips can be fuller and restoring a proper relationship of teeth can make someone look 10 to 15 years younger.
Broken down, chipped, stained, cracked, crooked and worn teeth not only make you look older, but they can also make your face look older too. As teeth wear, they become shorter causing the face to collapse thereby producing wrinkles. Restoring teeth to their natural youthful appearance can have a similar transformation on the rest of your face.
Long lasting and affordable smile makeovers can make a difference in your life!  You'll look have a great looking smile you can be proud of, will look years younger and feel much better about yourself. You'll be able to speak and eat as you naturally would. You'll discover that cosmetic dentistry is surprisingly easy and last for decades. Your friends will say, "You Look Great" when they notice the change in your smile.
With our state-of-the-art cosmetic techniques, we can eliminate and beautifully restore unsightly cavities, stains, chips, gaps, cracks and crooked teeth in as little as one or two visits. You'll be able to smile with confidence.
Give us a call today at   (763) 424-4544 to schedule your complimentary cosmetic consultation.  Come find out what the possibilities are.  You may be very pleasantly surprised.  

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Meet Dr. Colbert

Dr. Michael Colbert


Maple Grove Cosmetic Dentist
Dr. Michael Colbert grew up in Okoboji, Iowa and earned his Dental degree from the University of Iowa in 1978. He has been practicing here in Maple Grove ever since.
Dr. Colbert’s says he has always been interested in the health professions and came to appreciate the value of a good smile while he was a undergraduate in college. He had his front teeth accidentally knocked out while playing racquetball. He decided then to pursue dentistry. His daughter shares his passion for dental care as well and will be joining him at the office in 2016.
Dr. Colbert enjoys all phases of dentistry, including family dentistry as well as cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry. He keeps up to date with many continuing educational classes, ensuring that his patients receive the most comprehensive, advanced dental care. He is very proud of his fantastic team. They have worked together for a long time, some as long as 33 years! Together they provide a relaxed and stress-free atmosphere where patients can feel comfortable knowing they are in experienced care where the dentist and staff know them personally.
Dr. Colbert is very appreciative of the dental families that come to the office and that patients trust them enough to refer their families and friends. “We strive to treat everyone as family,” says Dr. Colbert. “Some families who have been with us 34 years. We have watched their children grow into adults who now have their own children come to us for their dental needs. We appreciate all the families and friends who come to us each and every year and we always welcome more!”


University of Iowa Dental School 1978


American Dental Association
Minnesota Dental Association