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

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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