When you think about your teeth, you probably only think about the part that you chew with, the bit above the gum line that you can see. But below the gums are your tooth roots and they are every bit as important as your crowns if your teeth are going to function well.
Ask anyone who has lost a tooth to gum disease about the importance of tooth roots and they will describe to you how disheartening it was to experience their otherwise healthy teeth gradually coming loose in their sockets, diminishing their food choices as their teeth could no longer cope with so much chewing.
If you need to replace lost teeth, don’t just think about how you need to get great looking crowns, also think about replacing the roots so that you can chew properly again.
At The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we recommend dental implants in Windsor for people who are losing their teeth. Dental implants are the only way there is to replace the root of the tooth as well as the crown.
How dental implants in Windsor work
Dental implants come in 3 parts. The actual implant replaces the root of the tooth. It is a tapered screw or post about 1cm long that we put into specially created channels in your jawbone. Once the implant is in place, the titanium from which it is made will set off a process of fusion with the bone, which will grow new tissue all over its surface. Depending on your individual healing speed, this takes 2-6 months to complete.
Once the integration process is over, we can attach your crowns. We do this by first putting in a connecting piece and then adding the crowns to that.
Dental implants are very versatile. We can put up to 3 crowns on a bridge onto one implant. They are also very long-lasting. If you take good care of your dental implants in Windsor, you can expect them to last for at least 15 years and probably even decades.
If you’d like to find out more about dental implants, the first step is to book a consultation.
Life is not always tidy, and neither is tooth loss. Teeth don’t fall out all together as a team. You may get one knocked out when you are young. If it’s at the front you probably get it replaced, but if it’s at the side, you probably leave it as no one can see it. But, then your neighbouring teeth start to come out of place, tip into the gap and one day another one comes loose and falls out.
Or perhaps, night time tooth grinding finally takes its toll on your teeth and two at the side come out and now you can’t chew on that side. Or maybe, your teeth are just not that strong and they are starting to fail one after the other.
However your teeth are falling out, rest assured that there is a way to replace them that will give you back what you have lost, with no added hassle. At The Old Windsor Dental Practice in Windsor, we can restore your mouth to its former glory with dental implants.
That may sound like a big promise, but 30 years of dental implants being available has shown that people really do get the full functionality of their mouths back with this treatment.
Why dental implants are so great
The most important difference between dental implants and dentures or fixed bridges is how they are fixed into the mouth. Dental implants are replacement roots that go into the jawbone. Neither of the other 2 methods replaces the root of the tooth as well as the crown.
The dental implant is the replacement root. It is a titanium screw or post that we fit into a channel that we make in your jawbone.
Once it is in, it will take several weeks for the bone to grow new bone cells and blood vessels all over the surface of the implant. Once this process, known as osseointegration, is complete, the implant is as firmly anchored as a natural tooth is. You will be able to bite into your food just as if you had your own teeth. Nothing will be off the menu.
To find out more, please call and make an appointment for a consultation.
As your teeth face the final curtain, the question you need to ask yourself is how to replace them. The choice has never been so wide and it can be hard to decide.
However, at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, if you decide to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, you will be joining many other satisfied patients who have taken the plunge with this latest generation of tooth replacement.
Most people opt for dental implants first because they do such a good job of mimicking the teeth they have just lost.
Dental implants are the only way to replace the root of the teeth, not just the crowns. And you need your tooth roots if you are going to maintain a strong, healthy jawbone.
The reason for tooth roots
Tooth roots play a vital role in jaw health because they transmit signals that tell the jawbone cells to keep renewing themselves. Each time the upper and lower teeth meet together, the vibrations that go down the tooth root into the surrounding bone tell it that the teeth are still in action. When one, or both teeth that meet together are lost, those vibrations cease and the jawbone interprets this as meaning that the teeth are no longer in action.
It starts to dissolve itself and very quickly loses size and density. If there are no teeth at all, the jawbone becomes very thin, the chin takes on a pointy look and the face eventually droops inwards on itself.
Having dental implants to replace those lost tooth roots helps the jawbone remain strong and full. And that in turn allows you to continue looking youthful.
You don’t have to replace every lost tooth with a dental implant. One implant can hold up to 3 teeth on a bridge. We also have ways to replace an entire arch of lost teeth with just 4-6 implants.
And, once you have completed the implant treatment, which can take a few months, you will be able to eat whatever you like again. No one will know these teeth, which are so firmly anchored into your jawbone, are not your own. In fact, you may even forget too.
Do braces seem like they’d be hard to maintain or that they’d be uncomfortable? Braces have changed a lot over the last two decades and offer greater comfort. If you think you might need braces in Windsor, our clinic can help. Old Windsor Dental is a modern practice with competent and experienced dentists who provide braces in Windsor to suit your teeth.
Types of braces
Braces are a long-term solution to help with closing gaps between teeth or to straighten out crooked or overlapping teeth.
Braces come in a few different forms, which include:
- fixed, metal braces, which are made up of brackets and wires and are much more lightweight and easier to wear than they used to be
- removable braces, such as Invisalign, are almost invisible to others and provide a comfortable way of solving an issue with teeth
- there are lingual braces, which are made of metal, but fit on the inside of teeth and cannot be seen at all
- ceramic braces are also made up of brackets and wires, but are instead tooth-coloured so that they’re a lot more subtle and less visible.
Braces for children
We can also provide braces in Windsor for children. Braces can be offered between from ages 10 up to 14. It can be nerve-wracking for young patients to get braces and we take great care to fit braces they’re comfortable with.
Looking after your teeth
You may imagine cleaning your teeth can be harder with a brace, but this depends on your teeth and the brace you choose. If you prefer braces with greater flexibility, an aligner you can take out easily to clean your teeth or eat may be a better option. It’s important to floss every day, as fixed braces mean it’s harder to reach certain areas of your teeth.
Issues with your braces?
Braces can sometimes become loose or damaged, which can happen from a hard piece of food, from getting knocked during sports or from tooth movement. If your brace gets damaged or you feel pain, contact our clinic immediately.
Want to know more?
Our team can tell you everything you need to know about getting braces in Windsor if you have more questions.
Taking good care of your dental implants is important for their long-term success and longevity. Dental implants are an oral health investment and need to be properly cared for in order to last for years to come.
At The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we advise our patients to care for their dental implants in Windsor as they care for their natural teeth. Dental implants do not require special care, however, in some cases we may recommend special tools to ensure that all build-up is removed safely from in-between them. We also urge our patients to schedule frequent dental cleanings to ensure that diseases are not developed around their dental implants.
The risk of peri-implantitis
Just as gum disease affects the ligaments around your natural teeth, peri-implantitis affects the ligaments around your dental implants. The gum tissue around your dental implants is very sensitive and harmful bacteria can easily cause inflammation if you don’t take proper and thorough care of your teeth. Good oral hygiene is really important to reduce the risk of developing peri-implantitis.
Important steps to maintain your dental implants in Windsor
Visiting your dentist for check-ups and cleanings is just as important. You and your dentist will decide how often these visits should take place, but they should happen more often than twice a year. At these visits, your implants, teeth, and gums will be thoroughly checked your dentist, who will also look at the areas in your mouth you cannot reach at home. Your dentist will also use special tools to clean your dental implants thoroughly and remove plaque.
Taking care of your dental implants shouldn’t be complicated
Caring for your dental implants in Windsor is as simple as caring for your natural teeth – simply brush, floss and maintain regular appointments with your dentist. Healthy and well-cared-for dental implants in Windsor have the potential to last for many years.
Want to learn more about proper implant maintenance? If you are not certain about the location of your dental implants in your mouth, simply ask your dentist for a detailed guide. Meanwhile, pay extra attention to your oral care at home and don’t neglect your scheduled dental visits.
Braces are usually valued for their aesthetic teeth-straightening properties, but not many people know that they actually benefit our oral health at the same time. Health benefits are not particular to regular braces – they also apply to cosmetic braces as well.
At The Old Windsor Dental Practice, braces in Windsor help patients straighten their teeth, while protecting their oral health. For instance, we rarely link braces with tooth decay protection, but Invisalign does a great job at helping keep your teeth perfectly clean throughout your treatment.
Say goodbye to tooth decay
While it may be harder to brush and floss your teeth properly when you wear metal braces, this is not the case with Invisalign aligners. These aligners are completely removable, helping you to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would.
Teeth straightening can also prevent tooth decay. Crowded, crooked and misaligned teeth are difficult to brush and floss properly, especially in the areas which are hard to reach in the mouth. Straight teeth do not overlap nor create tight spaces, which are hard to clean. As a result, plaque and bacteria do not gather as quickly and your teeth tend to say cleaner for longer.
Braces do not encourage the growth and development of gum disease
Crowded and misaligned teeth can easily become a breeding ground for bacteria, which tend to hide in-between the teeth and gums. Even if you are brushing and flossing your teeth diligently, chances are that you cannot remove all these bacteria and plaque on your own. The problematic alignment and structural composition of crooked teeth allow these bacteria to multiply and they can gradually start affecting the gums. A straighter smile is always easier to keep clean and healthy for longer.
No more digestion problems
Having an aligned bite is also important for your digestion. Thoroughly chewing your food can be difficult with crowded and overlapping teeth. In short, if your teeth are not properly aligned, then you are probably not digesting your food properly. Braces in Windsor can align your bite, straighten your teeth and restore your oral function completely.
To learn more about the many benefits of braces in Windsor, contact us today.
If you have started to lose your teeth, you may be a bit frightened and you may also want to find a way to replace them that isn’t the same way your granny had to use.
Fortunately, although you can still have dentures, and they have improved over the years with new methods of manufacture and materials, there is a more modern way. It’s called dental implants and it takes replacing missing teeth to a whole new level of effectiveness.
Dental implants: the game changer
The big thing with replacement teeth is that they need to look as good and work as well as natural teeth. Well, all replacement teeth can look good these days because the dental porcelain used to create them can be coloured, shaped and sized to look just like real teeth.
Whether they work as well is a whole other matter. Teeth depend on being rock solid for good chewing. Teeth that wobble can’t be relied on to chew well or behave in conversation.
Dental implants are the only replacement method that anchors the crown into the jaw. The implants are tiny posts or screws that we insert into artificial sockets that we carefully create in the jaw. The bone fuses with the posts, which are made of biocompatible titanium, growing new tissue all over them. It takes a few months, but once the bone and implant have fused, the replacement teeth can take on almost anything (although don’t try and open bottles with them, that would be silly).
Dental implants can hold up to 3 teeth on a bridge, and you can have an entire arch of teeth replaced with just 4-6 implants.
Who can have dental implants?
In theory, anyone over the age of 18, when the jaw stops growing, can have dental implants fitted. So, they are a great replacement method for people who have had their front teeth knocked out in accidents or during sports.
The only barrier to dental implants is a jaw that has deteriorated through lack of use. Also, if you are a smoker or have uncontrolled diabetes, your implants may not integrate, so we like you to sort out your condition before we treat you.
It can be tempting to live with missing teeth, especially if they were situated at the sides or back of your mouth where the gaps can hardly be seen. But don’t do it, it’s not good for the rest of your teeth or the health of your jaw.
Instead, book an appointment with us at The Old Windsor Dental Practice in Windsor and we can look at the various ways of replacing missing teeth and work out which one is going to be best for you, your lifestyle and your budget.
There are 3 different ways to replace missing teeth. Full or partial dentures are one way, fixed bridgework is another and finally, you can also have dental implants.
Dentures can be used to replace some of your teeth, or all of them. Partial dentures are fixed to a plate that goes behind your remaining teeth. Full dentures are fitted to a plate that goes over your palate at the top and around your tongue on the bottom jaw. All dentures are removed at night. You soak them in denture fluid to help clean them and you give your gums a rest overnight.
This replacement method works by anchoring replacement teeth to those that still exist, so it can’t be used if you have lost all your teeth. The teeth next to the gap are used as buttress crowns, giving the bridges as much stability as natural teeth. The replacement teeth are made of dental porcelain and the bridge is made of metal to give it strength.
These are little posts or screws that are inserted into the jawbone where they fuse with the bone tissue. Dental implants can be used to replace one, some or all of your teeth. Dental implant-retained teeth do not come out at night. However, they can also be used to stabilise dentures, which continue to be taken out at night.
Which one is right for you depends on factors such as the state of your jawbone and the cost. The best way to find out which will suit you is to come in for a consultation and let us take a good look at your teeth and jaw.
The human body carries out millions of processes every day, most of which we are completely unaware of. Cells are replaced and nutrients are extracted from food to provide nourishment for our bodies. The jawbone is no exception, which renews itself as we eat, speak and laugh.
How does the jawbone keep renewing itself? When you move your jaw, your teeth minutely tap together with their opposite number. We don’t consciously feel this happening, but this process regularly sends vibrations through the teeth, down the root and into the jawbone. This signals to the body that the bone is still needed here, so it will keep building new bone cells and supplying that area of the jaw with blood.
However, if you lose a tooth, this delicate process is disturbed, as there is no tooth for its opposite number to tap against. No tap, no vibration, no need for the bone anymore. This can cause the body to cease the renewal process at the site of the lost tooth, and instead use the nutrients elsewhere in the body.
While you have to marvel at this efficiency, it’s not great news for your facial structure. With jawbone deterioration, the face begins to sag, giving you a prematurely aged look. It can also mean that neighbouring teeth drift into the gap left behind and become loose themselves. And while a crown or bridge will shore up this gap, with no replacement root, the jaw still shrinks away.
There is a way to readdress this and that’s with dental implants in Windsor. Implants are small metal screws which are fixed into the jawbone, so re-establish the link between teeth and the jawbone.
Because dental implants in Windsor are made from titanium, a biocompatible metal, as soon as the implant is placed in the jaw the body starts to bond with it and grows new bone tissue and blood vessels at the implant site.
Here at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, our implant dentist Ian Seddon has been placing implants for 25 years, so you can trust in his track record. Call in today and find out if dental implants in Windsor could help keep your jawbone strong.
Did you know that the biggest growth in terms of dental treatments is in adults having their teeth straightened? Yes, braces in Windsor are as much for grown-ups as they are for children these days.
And because more and more adults want to have straight teeth, dental researchers have responded to this demand by coming up with braces in Windsor that reflect the needs of adults.
Children can get away with metal braces far more easily than adults can. They only have to go to school, where lots of other children will also be wearing braces. It’s much more unusual to see an adult wearing braces, and so, doing so is still associated with being a kid.
But adults want straight teeth too, and now they can have braces that aren’t made of metal and are also much smaller. Some of them are even pretty much impossible to see.
Here at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we love treating our adult patients with Invisalign.
Invisalign is about as far away as you can get from traditional metal fixed braces in Windsor. Instead of metal brackets and wires that are cemented onto the front of the teeth, Invisalign uses a series of very thin, transparent aligners that look like mouth guards. The plastic is so thin that you are hard put to spot anyone wearing Invisalign.
The aligners each have precision-placed ridges inside them. These press on the teeth to get them to move. Each aligner moves the teeth one tiny bit over a period of 7-10 days. This means that each aligner starts off by feeling a bit uncomfortable, but, as the teeth move, that discomfort fades. By the time it’s completely gone, it’s time to move onto the next aligner.
The aligners are not fixed in place. They come out for eating and cleaning, which takes a lot of the hassle out of getting your teeth straightened.
Invisalign treatment takes about a year on average.
Once your treatment is complete, you will need to wear a retainer for some time, to keep the teeth in place while the newly created bone settles down around them.
Give us a call to find out more.