Dr. Bruce Matthews, DDS

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Implant Placement and Restoration

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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

graphic of dental implants in wilmington deDental 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.

teeth whitening kit in wilmington deIt'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
  • Aging
  • Genetics
  • 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.

 

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