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Educating yourself about you and your family's dental health is a smart thing to do, and that's why we've included a list of commonly asked questions below.
Your comfort is our biggest priority, and that's why we want you to have as much information as possible. If you can't find your question or have an additional one, please contact us at your earliest convenience.
Implant Placement and Restoration
Dental implants are a great innovation that are made to act as a full tooth replacement. Unlike dental bridges or dentures, dental implants do not just cover the space left by a missing tooth.
Dental implants replace the entire tooth, from the root right down to the artificial tooth (crown) that looks just like your own teeth. The result is a replacement that looks and functions just like a real tooth and allows you to speak normally and eat all your favorite foods.
The secret of a dental implant is the very small titanium post that is surgically implanted in your jaw. Titanium is a biocompatible material, and this simply means that it integrates completely with surrounding bone and tissue once it has healed.
This post (the implant) is the main difference between dental implants and other restorations that simply hide the empty space created by a missing tooth. Once the post has fully healed and fused with surrounding bone, it forms a stable, durable replacement root.
Replacing a missing root is very important, because without the stimulation of a natural root, your jaw can actually start to deteriorate, potentially resulting in tooth loss. The implant eliminates this problem by restoring your jaw bone.
Another problem that occurs when a root is missing is that the roots of surrounding teeth can gradually shift and change position, causing surrounding teeth to become misaligned. The dental implant eliminates this problem since it takes the place of the natural root.
If you have missing teeth, it is important to have it replaced as soon as possible. Dental implants are a great solution, but deciding to have this procedure done is a big decision. Please contact our office, and we will be happy to answer your questions as well as recommending possible alternatives.
Dental implants are a reliable permanent tooth-replacement option for many people who have missing teeth. The implant post naturally fuses to the jawbone, which makes it last for a lifetime.
However, the crown attached to the post can last anywhere between 10 to 15 years, or longer. The better the crown is cared for, the more likely it will last without premature wear or breakage.
Replacing a worn or damaged crown is essential for maintaining your oral health and the natural function of your teeth. Without a strong and stable crown, you can have issues chewing, biting, speaking, and socializing with ease.
Tips for Dental Implant Care
To maintain the function and strength of the dental implant and crown, we suggest that you:
- Brush your teeth at least twice daily
- Floss at least once daily
- Get routine dental exams and cleanings twice each year
- Avoid hard, crunchy, or chewy foods that could break the crown
Contact Your Dental Implant Dentist Today
Sometimes, a dental implant crown may crack, break, or loosen. Dr. Bruce Matthews is a dental implant expert who places and repairs dental implant restorations.
If your restoration needs mending, please contact your dentist in Wilmington, DE to schedule an appointment.
It's natural for our teeth to lose their luster and shine over time. There are many factors that contribute to the discoloration or dulling of your smile such as:
- Certain medications
- Foods such as berries, tomatoes or marinara sauce, soy sauce, and curries
- Beverages such as coffee, tea, red wine and cola
- Smoking or tobacco use
You can try to avoid certain foods, or rinse with water after consumption to try to reduce the affects of discoloration. Teeth whitening in Wilmington may also be a good option for combating stains and discoloration.
Professional Teeth Whitening In Wilmington, DE
We offer professional whitening that is designed to eliminate stubborn discoloration and quickly deliver results. The whitening system we utilize is fast and effective and it uses a higher strength whitening gel than you can get with over-the-counter products. Our whitening gel also has specific ingredients designed to reduce and even eliminate the sensitivity that some patients experience with teeth whitening.
Call Our Dental Office To Learn More
If you've tried whitening your teeth with little to no success, our doctors are happy to discuss other options for improving your smile. Cosmetic dentistry offers a number of very effective options for enhancing the appearance of your teeth. Give our office a call today to learn more about the possibilities for your teeth.