Dental Implants

What Are Dental Implants?

A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown. To replace the tooth, the surgeon first replaces the root with a small dental implant.

Dental Implants Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of dental implants, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to dental implants are discussed.

Dental Implants Presentation

Time is allowed for bone to heal and grow around the dental implant. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.  A support post (abutment) is then placed on the implant and a new replacement tooth (crown) is placed on top of the abutment. In many cases a temporary replacement tooth can be attached to the implant immediately after it is placed. If all of your teeth are missing, a variety of treatment options are available to support the replacement teeth.

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“Don’t be afraid to Smile.”

For years I’d felt like a part of my body was missing — because my teeth were. My dentist told me that dental implants would make me feel and look a lot better. OK, I said. Now, I’m thrilled. I can smile, eat anything, and enjoy a good laugh with my friends.

Surgical Advances

Using the most recent advances in dental implant technology, Dr. Ettinger is able to place single stage implants. These implants do not require a second procedure to uncover them, but do require a minimum of six weeks of healing time before artificial teeth are placed. There are even situations where the implant can be placed at the same time as the tooth extraction – further minimizing your number of surgical procedures.

Dental implant placement is a team effort between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and a restorative dentist.  Dr. Ettinger performs the actual implant surgery, initial tooth extractions, and bone grafting if necessary.  The restorative dentist (your dentist) fits and makes the permanent prosthesis. Your dentist will also make any temporary prosthesis needed during the implant process.

Delaware Center for Oral Surgery & Dental Implants

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Our Latest Patient Testimonial

I have been a patient of Dr. Ettinger for a few years. I find Dr. Ettinger to be highly educated, highly skilled, and current. He has performed numerous procedures for me, from extractions, sinus lift, bone graphing, to implants. While each procedure is different, I have found the recovery for all to be the same, quick with no complications. Dr. Ettinger is a caring physician who is interested in both the short-term need and recovery of the last procedure, and the long-term health of your mouth. He has worked with me and my dentist to get the best results for my personal needs. That care and professionalism is reflected in his staff. I am pleased to find that the medical and office staff is as skilled in their duties as the doctor is in his. From the time you enter Dr. Ettinger’s office until the time you leave you are well attended to by his staff. Which also includes a follow-up phone call at home to check on your recovery. As I move forward to complete the rest of the work needed, I am glad that Dr. Ettinger and his staff will be there to care for my needs.

- Dale M

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Not only had an implant but I had two wisdom teeth removed as well. He did use anesthesia, which I opted for after conversing with Dr. Ettinger. I have had numerous instances to use Dr. Ettinger. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM to anyone and everyone to whom I speak. I WOULD NOT go to any other Endodontist. He is the BEST. Thank you Dr. Ettinger and the entire staff. Have a blessed day..

- Bll W

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I had the first stage of another dental implant by Dr. Ettinger today. The music was great, the staff was, as always, informative, friendly and Dr Ettinger was brilliant. I’m 6 hours post op and feeling great and pain free. If you need this procedure schedule it with Dr Ettinger, he’s the best.

- Nancy W

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On more than one occasion, at a consultation visit, I was in severe pain.At the time of each incident, Dr. Ettinger took the time, from his busy schedule to do an immediate extraction. He is a top notch oral surgeon, who shows compassion & respect for not only the patient but family members involved in the process. From my personal situation, I have had lower inner jaw surgery, extraction of all my teeth & implants put in to accommodate my dental needs. I followed his instructions to the letter, allowing me to have a recovery, with very little discomfort. Overall, in my opinion, Dr. Ettinger is an excellent oral surgeon/MD. I thank both him and his staff for the care given to me.

- Michael M

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This was my 3rd implant at this office, which I think is testament to my confidence in this practice, its staff and its procedures. I don't have experience of other offices but I know that when I walk in the door of this one, I will be treated with respect, the procedure will be done swiftly, accurately and with great skill. I know I will leave with appropriate aftercare information and the knowledge that if I have any issues (and I have had none) someone will be on hand to provide further guidance

- Robert G

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This Doctor is the best in his field in our area. Up to date knowledge, fantastic facility, and staff on hand. Dr. Ettinger has cared for all of my children with wisdom tooth removal, myself for one wisdom tooth, and recently installed a dental implant for me. I would go nowhere else when advised i needed someone in his field.

- Robert H

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Overall, I have and am having a wonderful experience in an environment where your business is valued and appreciated.

- Pierre T

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