Dental Implants

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To replace any missing or lost teeth, dental implants are a great way to help create a beautiful smile. At Blue Turtle Dental, Dr. Kelekalani Scheel can help you choose the right implant for you needs.

Blue Turtle Dental is located in Palo Alto, California. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Scheel and find out if you are a candidate for dental implants.

What are Dental Implants?

Made of titanium, dental implants are placed into the bone of your jaw through minor surgery. This creates an anchor for Dr. Scheel to attach a denture, bridge, or crown. After completion, most patients cannot tell the difference between an implant and their regular teeth.

What are the Advantages of Getting Dental Implants?

Choosing to replace a missing tooth with a dental implant has several benefits, such as:

  • Improved appearance
  • Better comfort
  • Improved oral health, as implants do not affect surrounding teeth like a dental bridge does
  • Durability, with the potential to last for many years
  • The convenience of being fixed, permanent part of your mouth rather than a prosthetic that needs to be removed

For patients who have loose-fitting dentures, dental implants can help secure and anchor dentures to ensure more comfort and reduce the risk of slurred speech or difficulty eating.

Are Dental Implants Safe?

Although the success rate of dental implants can depend on where in the jaw the implant is placed, overall this procedure has a success rate of about 98 percent. Doctor Scheel has extensive experience in restorative dentistry and will customize your dental implant to comfortably fit the size and shape of your mouth.

Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Generally, patients who are interested in receiving dental implants should have good oral health and enough bone in the jaw to successfully hold the implant. Patients should also be committed to maintaining healthy dental habits, such as brushing, flossing, not smoking and scheduling regular dental cleanings in order to add longevity to their implants.

During your consultation with Dr. Scheel, factors such as the condition, health and appearance of your teeth will be examined to determine if dental implants are the best course of treatment for you. Using digital x-rays and state-of-the-art diagnostics, an accurate portrait of your mouth will be taken and your treatment options will be discussed with you.

Contact Blue Turtle Dental today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Scheel and find out if you are a candidate for dental implants.