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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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We are partners with our patients and your input matters to us. After your comprehensive dental exam, Dr. Amanda Matthews explains the details of her findings and the treatment she proposes. At Exceptional Dentistry of Delaware, we encourage you to ask us any oral-health related questions you have. Whether something comes up during your exam, or you have a general concern, our dental team is always happy to find the answers you need.

There are questions that we often hear from our Wilmington, DE patients, and we've shared them below. If you don't find the information you need here, please don't hesitate to call us. We've also filled our website with loads of helpful information, so we hope you'll take a few minutes to check it out.

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For best results, we recommend aligners are taken out while eating or drinking anything besides water. This will prevent the teeth from being bathed in food debris, sugar, or plaque which can result in decay, staining, or gum irritation and recession.

Fortunately, whitening has not been shown to be harmful to your teeth. Whitening, also known as bleaching, does not weaken tooth enamel or make teeth more prone to cavities or bone loss. In some cases, there is temporary sensitivity in the teeth as the teeth are whitening but this is not a lingering effect or a sign that anything is going badly.

Not when they are done correctly. Clear aligners are designed to fit comfortably over the teeth and not rub your gums, tongue, or cheek. There will be some initial pressure on the teeth as each new tray is introduced which goes away in a day or two. This mild pressure is necessary to guide the teeth to their optimal position.

A lot of our cases can be completed in about 6 months to a year! This is far below the typical 2 years needed to complete a full orthodontic case with traditional braces.

Excellent dental health has so many benefits and can change your outlook on life. You’ll feel better because you know your teeth are healthy, and when you feel better, your confidence increases.

While we know that there’s no better investment than your oral health, Dr. Matthews and our dental care team also understand that quality dental care can be costly.

From routine cleanings to full mouth rehabilitations, we always want to make sure you are comfortable with the financial aspect of care and the investment you are making. While using high-quality materials and advanced techniques and technology, we keep our fees fair.

We accept all insurances but are in-network with Medicaid, Delta Dental, MetLife, Cigna, United Concordia, and Aetna. Our business team will work closely with your insurance company to maximize benefits and follow up on claims. As we plan your treatment, we’ll review with you the best financial options for you to achieve optimum oral health.

You can ask them about our various payment options, including CareCredit, a 12-month interest-free financing program. Whatever it takes to help you get the dental care you need for a healthy smile, we’ll work with you to make it possible. Call Exceptional Dentistry of Delaware, and let us take the stress out of dental care!

If you talk to any teenagers, you may be most familiar with visible traditional braces which use metal brackets cemented to the teeth and wires fastened to the brackets to move the teeth. These traditional braces have been used for many years and are the way orthodontics has been done for a long time. Luckily, newer technology has made this metal look a thing of the past. Clear aligners are thin plastic trays that fit over your teeth, designed to be virtually invisible, and use tooth-colored buttons to guide teeth to their ideal position. There is no wire tightening, no wires poking your cheek, no brackets falling off on weekends, and the comfortable and clear trays are worn sequentially to gently move teeth to their optimal position.

Special training is needed to plan, design, and implement clear aligners so only select dentists are able to use clear aligners. Also, some patients have more severe cases that are best treated by an Orthodontist. An example of this might be jaw misalignment, severe crowding, and jaw joint issues.

At Exceptional Dentistry of Delaware, your comfort is our priority! We take every measure to make your procedure as easy as possible. Dr. Matthews uses a topical anesthetic and painless injection techniques to make it as easy as possible to get your mouth numb.

She will always make sure you are thoroughly numb before starting any procedure. If at any time you feel any discomfort, please let Dr. Matthews know so she can stop and make sure that you are having the best experience possible. We also offer the option of nitrous oxide to help ease anxiety.

Our digital impression technology helps eliminate bulky impression trays and gagging. Dr. Matthews will always listen to your concerns and work to ease your fears before starting any treatment.

Don’t let dental anxiety be the thing that stands between you and excellent oral health. Our goal is to to make it as easy and stress-free as possible to get the treatments you need for a problem-free smile. Your comfort comes first, and if there’s anything we can do to improve it, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

If it’s time to schedule your next dental exam and cleaning or you’re experiencing a problem, please call Exceptional Dentistry of Delaware.

CEREC Same-Visit Dental Crowns and Bridges

Fortunately, CEREC crowns are no more expensive than other lab-made crowns, and come with the added benefit of being completed in one appointment without the need for temporary crowns or goopy, gaggy impressions.

CEREC crowns are designed to protect the tooth similar to how a helmet protects your head. A crown may be necessary in cases where teeth are broken, have large broken-down fillings, or have had previous root canals.

 

The implant is the anchor for your crown and typically takes 2-3 months to heal before it is a sturdy support. Once we determine your implant is strong enough, your crown only takes about 2 weeks before it is ready to be placed and you can eat normally again!

The average lifespan for any crown is about 5-10 years. Although CEREC crowns are tremendously strong and look very natural, the mouth is a very hostile place. Patients that chew ice, consume a lot of sugar, or grind their teeth may find crowns do not last as long. Crowns last longest when they are cared for through daily brushing and flossing and regular dental checkups.

Unfortunately, nothing in dentistry lasts forever, and dental work doesn't come with warranties. The good news is that dental materials and techniques are always improving, allowing restorations to be stronger for longer.

Dr. Matthews makes it a point to stay up to date on the most current research, techniques, and technology to provide you with the best that dentistry can offer. She will always take extra steps to protect her work. As part of your treatment, Dr. Matthews will also educate you on how you can best care for and maintain your restorations so they last longer. Her meticulous attention to detail means a better, longer-lasting result for you.

The best protection for your dental work is conscientious brushing and flossing and six-month dental exams and cleanings at our Wilmington, DE dental office. Oral hygiene at home removes plaque and food debris that cause gum disease and cavities.

Every time we see you, Dr. Matthews will check the condition of your dental fillings, crowns, bridges, and dental implants. If she does discover a problem, she’ll explain what’s going on and work with you to find the appropriate solution.

We can’t say for sure how long your dental work will last. But we can assure you that we’ll do everything possible to help you maintain a healthy, problem-free smile. If it’s time to schedule your next appointment, please call Exceptional Dentistry of Delaware to get started.

You might. It depends how extensive the damage to the tooth is and where it’s located in your mouth. If enough of the tooth’s structure is compromised, Dr. Matthews would recommend a custom dental crown.

A dental crown fits over a broken tooth to strengthen and protect it from chewing forces and further damage. For instance, a damaged molar requires significant strength to help you chew, and a dental crown might be the best solution in that case.

If you’ve broken a front tooth, however, you need a solution that protects the tooth and doesn't detract from your smile. In this case, dental bonding or porcelain veneers might be a better option for you.

The goal of dentistry is to keep healthy tooth structure intact for as long as possible. Once dental enamel is gone, it’s gone for good. Dental crowns in Wilmington, DE protect a broken tooth, but we may also need to remove some additional healthy structure to place it successfully.

Breaking or chipping off a piece of a tooth can be an upsetting experience, but we have solutions. Dr. Matthews will evaluate your needs and explain the options available and how they’ll benefit your long-term oral health.

If you damage a tooth, call Exceptional Dentistry of Delaware right away. We will arrange to see you at our next available appointment to get you the help you need.

A CEREC crown is the ultimate time-saver! There is only one appointment needed for a CEREC crown. At that appointment, the tooth is prepared and scanned digitally. Our highly trained and skilled dentists then design your crown chairside on our dedicated computer. The crown is then milled and cemented once it is perfect! A traditional crown requires at least two appointments. The first appointment is similar to a CEREC crown however you will typically have multiple goopy impressions taken and you will be fitted with a plastic temporary crown to wear for a few weeks until the lab returns your final crown. You will then need another visit to have this final crown cemented.

Cosmetic Dentistry

With cosmetic dentistry at our Wilmington, DE dental office, there’s no aesthetic dental flaw we can’t resolve. With advanced techniques, materials, and technology, Dr. Amanda Matthews routinely corrects issues like:

  • Chipped and broken teeth
  • Crooked or crowded teeth
  • Size or shape discrepancies
  • Stained or yellow teeth
  • Wide or uneven gaps or spacing

If you have a concern that you don’t see listed here, we can probably address that too! Aesthetic dental treatments we use to improve your smile are:

  • Tooth-colored filling
  • Dental bonding
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Porcelain dental crowns
  • Teeth whitening

Would you like to replace missing teeth and fill that gap in your smile? We have treatment options for that too:

  • Dental bridges
  • Dental implants
  • Partial dentures
  • Full dentures
  • Implant dentures

Dr. Matthews is an experienced cosmetic and general dentist who has expertise in all these areas. Since your smile and your needs are unique, she will consult with you to see what’s bothering you and how we can resolve it. For some, a professional teeth whitening treatment may be all they need. Others may require a combination of treatments to restore the health and beauty of their smile.

Whatever your needs are, we’ll help you choose the treatments to help you achieve your smile goals. Please call our Wilmington, DE dental office to schedule an appointment to learn about the options we offer.

The best way to prepare your teeth is to have them evaluated and cleaned by Exceptional Dentistry of Delaware. This will ensure there are no other underlying problems with the bone, gums, or teeth and that the teeth can fully absorb the bleach and look their best.

At-home whitening is as easy as 1-2-3! Your first appointment is a fast, digital, goop-free impression taken of your teeth. Second, we try in your trays, give you instructions, and answer any questions you have. And third, you wear your trays at night and enjoy your fantastic results! Each appointment in the office is only about 20 minutes. If you choose to boost your whitening with our Kor Max, there is one more in-office treatment which take about 90 minutes.

At Exceptional Dentistry of Delaware, we recommend the Kor Bleaching System. This is a proven leader in the field whose results are outstanding. Typically, bleaching is maintained for years after initial use. We do recommend intermittent bleaching throughout the year to maintain your beautiful white smile!

 

Dental Implants

Following our clear, simple, and easy post-operative instructions is the best way to ensure your healing is as quick as possible. We know you are eager to get your tooth quickly! However, giving the implant enough time to heal is necessary for a successful and long-lasting tooth replacement.

We recommend a soft diet only for a couple days after an implant is placed to make sure the area is not irritated. Once the implant is restored, you can eat, drink, floss, brush, and SMILE as normal!

The implant is the anchor for your crown and typically takes 2-3 months to heal before it is a sturdy support. Once we determine your implant is strong enough, your crown only takes about 2 weeks before it is ready to be placed and you can eat normally again!

Typically, this painless process takes about 2-3 months. Once the implant fuses to the bone, it will be a solid support for many years to come.

After many years of placing implants, I have heard most patients tell me they were surprised by how little discomfort followed their implant placement! With proper planning before the procedure and easy-to-follow instructions after the procedure, any discomfort is kept to a minimum. Most tenderness is gone after a day or two and is easily managed with Advil, Tylenol, or Aleve.

Excellent dental health has so many benefits and can change your outlook on life. You’ll feel better because you know your teeth are healthy, and when you feel better, your confidence increases.

While we know that there’s no better investment than your oral health, Dr. Matthews and our dental care team also understand that quality dental care can be costly.

From routine cleanings to full mouth rehabilitations, we always want to make sure you are comfortable with the financial aspect of care and the investment you are making. While using high-quality materials and advanced techniques and technology, we keep our fees fair.

We accept all insurances but are in-network with Medicaid, Delta Dental, MetLife, Cigna, United Concordia, and Aetna. Our business team will work closely with your insurance company to maximize benefits and follow up on claims. As we plan your treatment, we’ll review with you the best financial options for you to achieve optimum oral health.

You can ask them about our various payment options, including CareCredit, a 12-month interest-free financing program. Whatever it takes to help you get the dental care you need for a healthy smile, we’ll work with you to make it possible. Call Exceptional Dentistry of Delaware, and let us take the stress out of dental care!

Using our latest technology, we are able to achieve results that are so close to your natural teeth that it is hard to spot the implant! We value great care and attention to detail at Exceptional Dentistry of Delaware and put that ethic into all of our work. We are proud of our results and know you will love them too!

There are very few negative effects of a dental implant. The most common concern is the healing time needed between implant placement (the portion placed in the jaw) and when the crown (top, chewing part) is placed. This typically takes around 3-4 months to allow proper healing and design. At Exceptional Dentistry of Delaware, we know you are eager to get your teeth back so we make every effort with our latest technology to get your implants restored as quickly and responsibly as possible!

Emergency Dental Care

The answer is that you may not always be able to tell if your dental problem is an emergency, but your dentist in Wilmington, DE can! The first step, whether you have a toothache or lost dental crown, is the same—call Exceptional Dentistry of Delaware and let us know what’s going on.

Any dental problem that concerns you concerns us. Dr. Matthews and our team want to relieve your pain and restore your oral health so you can get you back to your usual routine. Some common dental emergencies we treat at our Wilmington, DE dental office are:

  • Toothaches
  • Broken teeth
  • Lost dental fillings
  • Lost dental crowns
  • Bleeding or swollen gums
  • Infected or abscessed teeth
  • Knocked-out teeth

Dr. Matthews is an experienced dentist who will listen to your concerns, evaluate your needs, and take steps to relieve your pain or discomfort. In some cases, we may need to schedule treatment for another day, but we will always make sure you’re out of pain first.

If you have a throbbing toothache, lost a dental crown, or have another oral health problem that concerns you, call Exceptional Dentistry of Delaware at (302) 797-1212. We always leave some extra time in our schedule to see emergency patients, so call us right away. There’s a good chance we can get you on the schedule the same day, especially if you are in pain.

General Dentistry

For best results, we recommend aligners are taken out while eating or drinking anything besides water. This will prevent the teeth from being bathed in food debris, sugar, or plaque which can result in decay, staining, or gum irritation and recession.

Fortunately, whitening has not been shown to be harmful to your teeth. Whitening, also known as bleaching, does not weaken tooth enamel or make teeth more prone to cavities or bone loss. In some cases, there is temporary sensitivity in the teeth as the teeth are whitening but this is not a lingering effect or a sign that anything is going badly.

Not when they are done correctly. Clear aligners are designed to fit comfortably over the teeth and not rub your gums, tongue, or cheek. There will be some initial pressure on the teeth as each new tray is introduced which goes away in a day or two. This mild pressure is necessary to guide the teeth to their optimal position.

A lot of our cases can be completed in about 6 months to a year! This is far below the typical 2 years needed to complete a full orthodontic case with traditional braces.

At-home whitening is as easy as 1-2-3! Your first appointment is a fast, digital, goop-free impression taken of your teeth. Second, we try in your trays, give you instructions, and answer any questions you have. And third, you wear your trays at night and enjoy your fantastic results! Each appointment in the office is only about 20 minutes. If you choose to boost your whitening with our Kor Max, there is one more in-office treatment which take about 90 minutes.

Our at-home whitening fee is $499 and includes your custom-made trays and gel. If you choose, you can augment your bleaching with our in-office boost. The fee for at-home bleaching with the in-office boost is $750 and includes your trays, gel, and 3 in-office treatments. Our whitening system is based on scientific research to make your teeth as white as possible with no sensitivity or discomfort.

If you talk to any teenagers, you may be most familiar with visible traditional braces which use metal brackets cemented to the teeth and wires fastened to the brackets to move the teeth. These traditional braces have been used for many years and are the way orthodontics has been done for a long time. Luckily, newer technology has made this metal look a thing of the past. Clear aligners are thin plastic trays that fit over your teeth, designed to be virtually invisible, and use tooth-colored buttons to guide teeth to their ideal position. There is no wire tightening, no wires poking your cheek, no brackets falling off on weekends, and the comfortable and clear trays are worn sequentially to gently move teeth to their optimal position.

Special training is needed to plan, design, and implement clear aligners so only select dentists are able to use clear aligners. Also, some patients have more severe cases that are best treated by an Orthodontist. An example of this might be jaw misalignment, severe crowding, and jaw joint issues.

Preventive Dentistry

Our at-home whitening fee is $499 and includes your custom-made trays and gel. If you choose, you can augment your bleaching with our in-office boost. The fee for at-home bleaching with the in-office boost is $750 and includes your trays, gel, and 3 in-office treatments. Our whitening system is based on scientific research to make your teeth as white as possible with no sensitivity or discomfort.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Unfortunately, nothing in dentistry lasts forever, and dental work doesn't come with warranties. The good news is that dental materials and techniques are always improving, allowing restorations to be stronger for longer.

Dr. Matthews makes it a point to stay up to date on the most current research, techniques, and technology to provide you with the best that dentistry can offer. She will always take extra steps to protect her work. As part of your treatment, Dr. Matthews will also educate you on how you can best care for and maintain your restorations so they last longer. Her meticulous attention to detail means a better, longer-lasting result for you.

The best protection for your dental work is conscientious brushing and flossing and six-month dental exams and cleanings at our Wilmington, DE dental office. Oral hygiene at home removes plaque and food debris that cause gum disease and cavities.

Every time we see you, Dr. Matthews will check the condition of your dental fillings, crowns, bridges, and dental implants. If she does discover a problem, she’ll explain what’s going on and work with you to find the appropriate solution.

We can’t say for sure how long your dental work will last. But we can assure you that we’ll do everything possible to help you maintain a healthy, problem-free smile. If it’s time to schedule your next appointment, please call Exceptional Dentistry of Delaware to get started.

You might. It depends how extensive the damage to the tooth is and where it’s located in your mouth. If enough of the tooth’s structure is compromised, Dr. Matthews would recommend a custom dental crown.

A dental crown fits over a broken tooth to strengthen and protect it from chewing forces and further damage. For instance, a damaged molar requires significant strength to help you chew, and a dental crown might be the best solution in that case.

If you’ve broken a front tooth, however, you need a solution that protects the tooth and doesn't detract from your smile. In this case, dental bonding or porcelain veneers might be a better option for you.

The goal of dentistry is to keep healthy tooth structure intact for as long as possible. Once dental enamel is gone, it’s gone for good. Dental crowns in Wilmington, DE protect a broken tooth, but we may also need to remove some additional healthy structure to place it successfully.

Breaking or chipping off a piece of a tooth can be an upsetting experience, but we have solutions. Dr. Matthews will evaluate your needs and explain the options available and how they’ll benefit your long-term oral health.

If you damage a tooth, call Exceptional Dentistry of Delaware right away. We will arrange to see you at our next available appointment to get you the help you need.

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