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2290 Birch St, Ste A, Palo Alto, CA 94306.
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81 Birch Street, Redwood City, CA 94062.
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What are the Advantages of Dental Implants?

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Adult teeth are supposed to last a lifetime, but tooth loss remains a very common problem. Almost every patient is going to lose at least one adult tooth or have an adult tooth extracted at some point in their life. When this takes place, it is important to restore the patient’s smile as quickly as possible in order to prevent ongoing oral health problems.

The History of Smile Restorations

For many years, a patient’s only option to restore their smile was removable devices such as dentures. These devices will partially improve the function of one’s teeth, but they also came with some major disadvantages.

In addition to many patients finding them uncomfortable to wear, they will also not stimulate the bone under the gums. When a tooth is lost and the bone is no longer stimulated, it will become much weaker and increase the risk of a fracture taking place.

A Look at Dental Implants

Dental implants are an excellent alternative to dentures for restoring a smile. This process begins with a close examination of the patient’s remaining teeth, gums, and general oral health.

While most patients who have lost one or more teeth will make excellent candidates for this procedure, it is important that they are in relatively good health. There are certain medical conditions such as gum disease that will increase the risk of the implant being rejected.

On the day of the procedure, the titanium rods are anchored into their mouth. The patient’s mouth will heal and form a tight bond with these rods.

The dentist may then attach an abutment to the rod and place a false tooth over the abutment. The rod may remain implanted in the bone for the rest of the patient’s life.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

The primary benefit of this procedure is the fact that these devices look and feel just like real teeth. Once the swelling has gone down, most patients never even realize that they have an implant in their mouth.

Implants are incredibly durable and can be taken care of just like real teeth. Patients need to do nothing more than brush, floss and use mouthwash daily.

In addition to smiling and eating with confidence, patients with implants will also be able to avoid many of the serious health conditions that can take place after a tooth is lost. With the proper care, patients will be able to enjoy their beautiful new smile for the rest of their life.

Contact Blue Turtle Dental today to schedule your appointment and see if dental implants are the ideal procedure for you.

Get a Headstart on Good Dental Hygiene with Preventive Care

If you take good care of your teeth, they will take good care of you. Preventive care keeps your mouth healthy and you happy. It may help you retain your teeth your whole life, and have less dental concerns throughout your life. The two most common causes of tooth loss are decay and gum disease. 

By preventing these problems from developing, you have a better chance of maintaining your smile. Even if you need dental treatments to help correct imperfections, you can still start preventive care once your mouth is in good health.

Blue Turtle Dental provides several dental treatments to patients to help restore and maintain their smiles at all stages of life. It is never too late to start adopting preventative care into your dental hygiene, and we can help get you started.

What is Preventive Care?

Preventive care is best for children and young people, but even those without any teeth can benefit. For them, there are mouth diseases that can be spotted early with preventative dental care. During a consultation, we will examine your mouth and teeth and recommend any treatment you need to get your mouth back into a healthy condition. We may also point out any areas in your mouth that require special attention. These options will be discussed during your consultation.

What Does Preventive Care Treat?

Plaque, which develops into tartar if left untreated, is one of the biggest threats to good oral health. Bacterial plaque constantly forms on your teeth from the food you eat, especially from sugar. Plaque turns the sugar into acid which can potentially cause tooth decay. 

This acid can also cause gum inflammation, swelling and pain. If it is not regularly removed through good oral hygiene and professional dental cleanings, it can cause irreparable damage to the jawbone and other support structures in your mouth, possibly leading to tooth loss.

What is Involved in Preventive Care?

We offer comprehensive preventative care services that may include:

  • Removing plaque, tartar and stains
  • Making sure all fillings are in good condition, as fillings can break down and leave cracks where food and bacteria can enter and cause decay deep in the tooth
  • Providing instructions on how to brush your teeth and clean in between your teeth with brushes or floss
  • Recommending effective oral care products including toothpaste and mouthwash that contains fluoride
  • Explaining the effects of diet, smoking and drinking alcohol on oral health

There are also things you can do at home to help maintain your oral health. These include:

  • Brushing properly twice every day
  • Flossing properly once every day
  • Having dental checkups every six months for cleaning and examinations
  • Eating a nutritious diet and limiting sugar intake
  • Using dental products that contain fluoride

Good oral health is not only important to looking and feeling good, it is also important for eating and speaking properly. If your teeth hurt when you chew, this can negatively impact your quality of life as well as your diet. 

If you have frequent problems with bad breath or if your gums hurt or bleed when you floss or brush, it may be time to ask about preventative care.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out how to incorporate preventative care measures into your dental hygiene.