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Correcting Misconceptions about Dental Implants

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If your natural smile has been compromised due to decay or other damage, having dental implants placed can be an excellent alternative.

Although millions of dental patients across the country turn to implants to help correct aspects of their smiles, many misconceptions about dental implants still exist.

Below, Dr. Matthews discusses several common misconceptions about dental implants:

Implants Look Bulky, Ugly, or Otherwise Fake

Because the purpose of dental implants is to take the place of natural teeth, one concern from patients we commonly hear is that they do not want their dental implants to be obviously fake. Contrary to this common concern, dental implants are made with high-quality, tooth-colored porcelain, which means even ...

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Restorative Dentistry: You've Heard Us Say It, But What Does It Mean?

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Restorative dentistry is the area of dentistry that involves diagnosing, preventing, and treating oral diseases. There are nine recognized dental specialties, and restorative dentistry encompasses three of them - endodontics, periodontics, and prosthodontics.

What this means to you is that a restorative dentist is a professional you can turn to who can repair decayed, chipped, cracked, discolored or even missing teeth caused by disease, wear, or trauma. Restorative care includes treatment for teeth affected by any of these problems. 

Treatments for these conditions are designed to restore the form, function, and appearance of your smile and include:

  • Tooth-colored filling
  • Dental crowns and bridges
  • Dental implants
  • Full or partial removable dentures
  • Implant-retained dentures
  • Inlays and onlays

Esthetic Dental Restorations

If you ...

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What Does Each Tooth Do? A Guide to Understanding the Role Each Plays

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Your teeth are designed to function together, enabling you to eat comfortably and speak clearly. If one of your teeth is missing or damaged, you will find yourself shifting foods around in your mouth to find a comfortable way to eat. When you do this, you are essentially asking other teeth to perform jobs that they aren't meant to do.

Four Different Types of Teeth

When you understand the role each tooth plays, you can easily see how the loss of function can impact your day-to-day life. 

  • Incisors are the thin straight teeth that are most obvious when you smile. There are four on the top, and four on the bottom, and they ...

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Could New Research Prevent (Already Rare) Implant Failure?

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Dentistry, like other medical and scientific professions, constantly strives to improve patient outcomes and provide better results for those people we treat. Over the past decade, dental implants have come a long way – better integration, success rates, and techniques. Dental implant success rates are high. According to the Journal of Dental Implantology, success rates are near 100 percent, when no other oral health conditions or lifestyle limitations exist and proper healing time occurs before dental implants become an active part of the chewing system.

With patients who smoke or who suffer from periodontal disease, however, success rates can suffer. A new dental implant technology uses an antibiotic reservoir to release ...

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Solving the Missing Tooth Problem

It’s always difficult to lose a tooth, whether it’s part of a dental treatment plan or a result of decay or disease. The outcome’s still the same, and now you have an important decision to make. What are you going to do about that obvious empty space?

There’s a lot to consider, and choosing the solution that works best for you can seem pretty overwhelming. But don’t worry, because we’re here to help! Today we can offer you several options for giving you back your beautiful smile!

So let’s take some time to talk about your options for tooth replacement so that you have all the necessary information to make that big ...

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Finding the Right Dentist for You

DentistryToo many people have had an unfortunate experience with a dentist that has left them with a bad taste in their mouth (pun intended.) To help you avoid this kind of situation in the future, we want to share the qualities to look for before you choose a dentist.

No matter where a dentist gets his or her training, dental school alone is not enough to prepare anyone to be an outstanding dentist. Being a great dentist takes years of practice, hours upon hours of continuing education, and enough sense to listen to and ...

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Doc, What is a Dental Implant?!

Patients sometimes come in and want to replace a missing tooth.  The answer, in many cases, can be a dental implant.  But what ISDental Implants in Wilmington DE a dental implant?  Here we're going to try and answer some frequently asked questions that you may have.  A dental implant is quickly becoming the standard of care to replace one tooth, and can be used to replace many teeth and even sometimes replace full dentures.

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