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Looking for a family dentist? General dentistry in Berkshire

When you move to a new area, one of the first things to establish is registration with a doctor’s surgery and a dental practice. This is particularly important if you have children or if you have undergone extensive dental work in the past.

General Dentistry in BerkshireAll dental practices often have a mix of restorative dental professionals alongside those practicing general dentistry in Berkshire. As the name suggests, general dentistry does not involve cosmetic work, restorative surgeries or orthodontic work.

Everyday dentistry is important as it can identify potential issues you may have and resolve dental emergencies when they occur. At Old Windsor Dental, we offer both general and cosmetic surgery, to keep your mouth in top condition and looking great too.

What is meant by general dentistry?

General dentistry in Berkshire is a term used to describe a group of everyday dental techniques and procedures that can be performed by any dentist. When you attend your dentist to have your bi-annual check-up, that is a type of general dentistry.

There are many other services that fall under this umbrella term.

Root canal treatment

A root canal is performed when the pulp of a tooth becomes infected through either injury or decay. These types of infections can lead to an abscess forming under the tooth which is extremely painful. If you can make it through the pain of the abscess without seeking treatment, chances are it will recur, and you may need to have the tooth extracted.

Emergency dental care

Following on from root canals, an abscess is considered a dental emergency as it may lead to sepsis. Other dental emergencies include lost or loose fillings, chipped or broken teeth and any unusual lumps or swellings appearing in your mouth, even if they are not painful to touch.

If you have any other unusual symptoms occurring with your gums or teeth, please contact us straight away.

Extractions/ Oral Surgery

In instances where there is extensive tooth decay or gum disease, dental extractions will need to be performed to prevent further pain or chance of infection. Similarly, some patients we see have impacted wisdom teeth that require removal, and this can be performed by a general dental surgeon too.

If you are worried about your wisdom teeth due to pain or swelling, please contact us straight away.

Jaw Pain

If you grind your teeth during the night, you may be suffering from a condition called temporo-mandibular joint disorder (or TMJ). This causes pain in the neck, jaw and can even cause headaches.

Concerned about jaw pain? Come and see us today.

Pregnancy

You probably wouldn’t expect to have to visit your dentist when you are pregnant, but hormonal changes during this time can cause issues with calcium, which in turn can cause decay or cracked teeth. It is very important to keep an eye on oral health during this time for both your sakes!

Snoring

Dentistry can stop snoring?

Yes! If you snore, our dentists can customise a series of oral devices or mouthpieces designed to help you and your partner get a good night’s sleep.

General dentistry in Berkshire is thriving at Old Windsor Dental in more ways than one!

Frequently asked questions about general dentistry in Berkshire

General dentists are probably the medical healthcare professionals that you will see most frequently throughout your life.

General Dentistry in BerkshireWhereas people visit their doctor when they are already unwell, people tend to visit their dentist as a measure of prevention. Interestingly, in modern dental practices, 65% are estimated to be either diagnostic or preventative procedures.

While a general dentist specialises to treat entire families, including young children, there is still a great deal of mystery surrounding these health care professionals.

Here at Old Windsor Dental, we have compiled our own FAQs that we as professionals are asked day to day about general dentistry in Berkshire.

What do general dentists do?

General dentists in Berkshire make up part of the largest percentage of practicing dentists at any given time, with 80% of all dentists across the UK being general.

These oral healthcare professionals provide the public with a wide array of services to ensure dental health.

Preventative

An examination from a dentist at your local surgery is the cornerstone of preventative dental treatment. Appointments for such as X-Rays, check-ups and cleaning, prevent several more complicated dental issues. As well as this, general dentists offer advice on how to look after your teeth, dentures and implants too.

Restorative

If during your biannual check-up, a problem is found, your dentist will ensure it is treated in an appropriate and timely manner.

Restoration includes filling decayed teeth, applying crowns, fitting dentures or bridges for missing teeth as well as securing loose teeth. Also, in the event a filling falls out or extensive decay leads to a dental emergency, a general dentist will not only correct these issues, but can even prescribe antibiotics in the event of an infection to help you feel better sooner.

Cosmetic

We are not talking about smile makeovers with extensive implant work here, but if you want to whiten your smile, a general dentist is able to whiten your teeth and perform a scale and polish too.

Some dentists may have qualifications in bonding, bridgework and veneers, but as a rule, most general dentists don’t.

Overall health concerns

Oral health can be an appropriate measure of your overall health.

If you suffer from diabetes, are pregnant or are taking medications like steroids, regular dental check-ups are advised.

General dentists can advise you on how to prevent cardiovascular issues caused by untreated oral infections or diabetes. They can also advise you on supplements to take during pregnancy to manage calcium deficiencies and are well versed in understanding side effects of medications you may be taking on prescription.

If you smoke, you should really visit your dentist twice a year, as smokers are at an increased risk of oral and throat cancer, dentists are able to identify signs of cancers and can refer you to a specialist in a timely manner.

General dentists are an important cornerstone of your health and are qualified to help you manage your teeth and gums.

If you need to see a general dentist in Berkshire please contact us today.

The Old Windsor Dental Practice

Our practice was officially established in 1981, and existed as a branch practice before that, meaning that our practice is extremely well established in the community, and truly understands the people of Windsor. It was taken over by Utpalendu Bose in 2008, who had been working at the practice since 1996. Our philosophy of putting the customer first hasn’t changed since 1981, and we hope to continue in this way in the future.

Dental Implants in WindsorWhat we offer

We offer the majority of dental services, including minor dental work and check-ups. We also offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry, meaning that we are able to work on your appearance, and tailor it to achieve the smile that you have always wanted. If you are concerned about crooked or missing teeth, then we recommend a consultation, where we can advise you whether a set of braces will be the solution for you, or more radical treatment such as dental implants. If you are looking for dental implants in Windsor, then this is also a treatment that is available at our practice.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a replacement for a tooth, that works by removing the tooth entirely (unless there is already a gap) and replacing it with a prosthetic tooth. However, unlike dentures or bridges, a dental implant is placed into the bone of the patient via a titanium screw, making an implant extremely sturdy. Your dentist removes any root left, and then with precision, drills into the jawbone with the titanium screw. Fascinatingly, the bone will grow around the screw once it has been implanted, further solidifying the foundation of your new tooth.

When would I need a dental implant?

Dental implants are necessary when the entire tooth has been destroyed or is missing for whatever reason. A dental implant is needed to replace the entire foundation of the tooth, essentially starting again from scratch. However, we would advise you on the best course of action with a consultation, and we can guide you on whether dental implants in Windsor are the best option for you. Dental implants are also a good method for anchoring in dentures or bridges, so if you are missing one or several teeth, then we may recommend one of them being a dental implant.

Is the treatment painful or in any way risky?

We cannot say categorically that this treatment would be without any discomfort. However, as the implants are fitted under local anaesthetic, there should be no direct pain from installing the implants. If you are concerned about pain, then there are painkillers available at our practice. In terms of risk, we can assure you that our dentists are greatly experienced, which means there is no reason to be concerned with this treatment. Our implantologist Ian Sneddon has been fitting and restoring implants for over 25 years, making him one of the most experienced dentists to fit dental implants in Windsor.

Do I need braces?

We don’t expect any of our patients to decide on their own whether they need braces or not, and after a consultation, we would guide you on which choice is best for you. Generally, teeth that are visibly crooked or misaligned will need braces in order to restore the teeth to their natural position. Teeth that are severely crooked can cause further problems, such as tooth erosion. However, teeth that are only slightly crooked can be simply an aesthetic issue and can make people self-conscious about their smile. If you think you need some braces in Windsor, then our practice will provide you will a full and extensive range to choose from.

Braces in WindsorMain Solution

If you have problems with your teeth, such as crookedness or misalignments of the jaw, then you are a likely candidate for orthodontic treatment. The main solution to this problem is usually fixed braces. Prior to your treatment, we would take a series of x-rays and photographs to determine the best course of action for your treatment. Fixed braces are fitted by attaching an individual brace to each tooth, passing a wire through and tightening them, this causes the teeth to be gently pulled into the correct position.

Benefits of having straight teeth

Aside from the aesthetic benefit of having straight teeth, there are a number of reasons that make having straight teeth a huge plus. One of the positives is the cessation of tooth erosion, which can be caused when too much contact is made between teeth that have become misaligned. The second is the prevention of too much plaque getting trapped, as if the teeth are not straight and lined up properly, it can create small gaps where brushing cannot reach easily. If getting braces in Windsor sounds interesting to  you for any of these reasons, then do not hesitate to contact us.

Alternative Options

We understand that getting braces fitted can be a daunting experience, and we also understand that wearing fixed braces as an adult might not fit your picture of a glamorous appearance. Therefore, we have a variety of more aesthetically pleasing options that may be more attractive.

Invisalign

If you are suitable, then Invisalign may be an option for you. We take a 3D scan, and then construct a projection of your treatment, to plan out how your teeth will look post treatment. Then we are able to produce a series of plastic, transparent braces, that gradually adjust a patient’s teeth towards our planned projection. One of the great benefits to Invisalign is that it is removable, so you are free to eat and drink whatever you like by removing the brace, although the brace does need to stay on for at least 20 hours a day to be effective. And with regards to appearance, the Invisalign brace is virtually invisible, meaning that most people won’t realise you are having dental treatment at all.

How do I find out more?

If you are interested in braces in Windsor, then our website is full of information, so please browse at your leisure. Also, feel free to book a consultation, so that we can give you the best advice possible on your next move, as at The Old Windsor Dental practice, customer care is our number one priority.

Is it time for a dental check up?

One of the most important things you can do for your general health is to look after your oral care.  This not only means exercising a great home cleaning regime of brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day, but also ensuring that you visit your dentist for regular check-ups.

General Dentistry in BerkshireAt Old Windsor we know how important it is to have a dental practitioner that you trust, to look after all aspects of general dentistry in Berkshire, when it comes to your mouth and teeth! After all, we will be partners in fighting tooth decay and gum disease together!

What exactly is general dentistry?

As we all know prevention is better than cure, and that is very obvious in the world of dental healthcare. General dentistry in Berkshire aims at preventing disease, research shows that 65 per cent of all dental procedures are in fact preventative or diagnostic. Through promoting oral health care, many dentists help patients to avoid later problems such as gum disease or tooth decay.

At any dental practice worth its salt, a wide range of services should be offered, and at the foundation of any good practice, should be general dentistry in Berkshire. These include functions such as checkups with thorough examination of the patient’s mouth, gums and teeth, professional cleaning and ongoing discussion with checks on the patient’s general health.

What do these dentists do?

General dentists are those that look after people of all ages and who the patient sees for check-ups and initial consultations.  They will provide fillings if needed, but this is not all.  These professionals will also provide treatments such as a root canal procedure which is used to treat infection at the centre of a tooth, extractions and emergency dental care to name but a few.

Pregnant women and oral health

We also offer dental treatments to pregnant women, as pregnancy can play havoc with teeth and gums. During pregnancy, the hormone levels can get very high and this can affect how a woman’s body deals with plaque, which is the name for the layers of germs on the teeth.  This, in turn, can lead to pregnancy gingivitis, so it is very important for the patient to brush her teeth at least twice daily with fluoridated toothpaste. The patient should also floss or use an alternative method to clean between the teeth and should visit the dentist regularly.  Some pregnant women also see red nodules on their gums, known as pregnancy granuloma, our dentists can safely remove these.

Helping you to a healthy smile!

We provide dental preventive services to help our patients maintain good oral health by stopping diseases before they take hold of the teeth and mouth.  Your road to dental happiness is important to us and we will provide you with regular exams, x-rays and teeth cleaning.  We will also share our dental expertise and give you advice on how best to improve your home oral health care regime.

The old adage of prevention is better than cure has never been so apt!

How is your oral health these days?

We all visit the dentist regularly, or if we don’t we should!  But do you know how important general dentistry in Berkshire is for your well being? We don’t just mean your oral health either, but your general health and even your self-confidence can take a knock if your teeth are decayed or missing.

General Dentistry in BerkshireAt Old Windsor we know that it is very important not only for you to look after your oral care at home, by brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day, but also to have preventative measures offered to you at our dental practice. Starting at an early age, all of us should be taking trips to our dentist every 6 months to a year to have regular oral health checks and professional teeth cleaning.

These visits for regular oral examinations and hygienist appointments are the foundations of good oral hygiene, but why?  Because if you do not regularly clean your teeth, bacteria can build up to form plaque. Unfortunately, if don’t get rid of this plaque it can cause tooth decay, gum disease and in some cases, extractions.  Prevention, in this case, is definitely better than cure!

General dentistry in Berkshire

We all rely on our general dental practitioners to look after all aspects of preventative and diagnostic care of our teeth and mouths.  These dental professionals are not only proficient in check-ups and fillings there are also a whole host of other treatments that they are able to do.

A veritable array of expert treatments

It is such a shame that some people only visit the dentist when there is something wrong with their teeth. So many problems can be avoided by taking preventative steps, as in regular check-ups and oral exams. Regular dental visits are vital to saving your oral health and your money,  all issues from gum disease to tooth decay can be treated quickly if caught soon enough.

General dentistry in Berkshire includes a wide range of treatments and dental solutions that are both preventative and diagnostic, such as oral exams, teeth extractions for teeth that are unhealthy and cannot be saved, fillings to repair decayed teeth, root canal procedures for diseased teeth and dental implants.

Other forms of this dental work that are covered under the general heading can include,

crowns to replace missing teeth, removable dentures and tooth decay prevention.

Helping you on the way to good oral health!

At Old Windsor we are proud to help all of our patients to maintain healthy teeth, gums and mouths.  We see on a day to day basis, not only how our preventative measures can help with oral and general health, but also how they can boost a patient’s self-esteem. Knowledge is power and we will offer the best advice on how you can improve your dental care at home.

Through stopping disease and decay in their tracks your road to dental happiness will be a lot smoother and we will be with you every step of the way!!

Common Dental Implant Myths Debunked

Dental implants in Windsor remain one of the best treatments to replace natural teeth and restore full functionality back to the mouth. At our dental clinic we ensure we use quality implants to ensure our patients receive implants that offer a lifetime of service. The critical factor, however, is that these natural-looking restorations do need to be looked after properly.

Dental Implants in WindsorWith the treatment being available in the dental industry for many years now, there have been many misconceptions doing the rounds on tooth implants. Don’t let these common myths stop you from considering tooth implants.

5 Misconceptions surrounding tooth implants

  1. Implants aren’t worth their price tag

As cost is a huge consideration, the value of implants is often called into question. There is a difference between the cost of tooth implants and other tooth replacement treatments, but considering the benefits offered and the service life, implants repay the investment many times over. Whereas some treatments only last for a limited time before they need replacing, as long as quality implant material are used and integration takes place successfully and the patient looks after his or her oral health, they have tooth replacement implants for life.

  1. Extra care and maintenance is required

Tooth implants make keeping the mouth clean and healthy much easier compared to traditional dental treatments. There is no fussing with wires and brackets or the worry of these breaking. The same hygiene practices of brushing and flossing properly apply and routine professional cleaning and oral check-ups are recommended.

  1. Surgical procedure is painful

Due to the fact that a surgical procedure (a minor one) is required for implantation, many people mistakenly believe that it would be painful. At our dental practice we use local anaesthetic and sedation techniques (at the request of our patients) in carrying out dental implants in Windsor. Our dental practitioner will also talk patients through ways of minimising any discomfort during the recovery period.

  1. Healing process takes too long

The surgical procedure itself can be carried out within an hour and recovery will take a few days. The process of the implant fusing with the gum and jaw bone does take some time – between two to six months. During this period it is not usual for the patient to experience any discomfort and everyday life is not affected.

  1. Getting implants is dangerous

Dental practitioners consider the treatment completely safe and effective. Studies suggest a success rate of as high as 95 percent. Before suggesting a treatment, our dental practitioners make certain that the patient is a suitable candidate. Not every patient qualifies as a candidate for implants as certain oral health conditions need to be met. These critical conditions include good gum health and quality of supporting jaw bone.

Don’t let false beliefs hold you back from obtaining the dental care that you need. At Old Windsor Dental Practice we welcome your questions and are happy to address your concerns when seeking dental treatment. To know whether you make the perfect candidate for tooth implants, schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dental practitioners and let us help you to a radiant smile.

Dental implants: restore your health and put a smile back on your face

Having a tooth replaced by implantology might sound daunting to you. However, advancements in cosmetic dentistry have made the procedure relatively painless and the benefits lifelong. Consult with our practitioners at Old Windsor Dental about the possibility of getting dental implants in Windsor.

Dental Implants in WindsorWhat is dental implantology and how does it work?

Implantology combines state of the art technology with the body’s biological processes. We embed a screw made of titanium into the jaw bone during a simple surgery. Titanium is a metal the body sees as its own, so instead of identifying the piece as something foreign, surrounding bone and tissue grow over the screw over three or four months.

Once this process, which is called ossification, is complete, we place the abutment on top of the screw. The abutment connects and secures the replacement crown to the metal.

During the time ossification takes place, a crown which is identical to the colour and shape of your natural teeth, is created from x-rays and dental impressions.

What can implants do that alternative replacement methods cannot?

Having a missing tooth or using dentures or bridgework means that the tooth is not replaced at the root. As a result, your jaw is under stimulated from a lack of pressure of a tooth pushing down on the tissue as you chew and eat, and deteriorates from lack of use. The jaw softens and changes the structure of your face, making you appear older.

Easy maintenance is another reason more people are opting for implants. Not only do they look and work like a natural tooth, but they can be cleaned like one too. Keep to your regular cleaning routine: brush twice a day, do not forget to floss, and rinse out the excess plaque with an antibacterial mouthwash.

Your frequently asked questions answered

You asked, and we answered, read below for further clarification on dental implants in Windsor.

  • Is the surgery painful?

Let us put it this way – getting a tooth extracted hurts more, plus the topical anaesthetic numbs the affected area. Enquire about being put under sedation if you are extremely anxious or nervous about the procedure. You might experience some discomfort afterwards, treat it with regular painkillers.

  • How long does implantology take – from embedding the screw to flaunting a natural-looking artificial tooth?

Depending on how quickly the bone fuses with the implant and the healing time, between three to four months. The time frame differs from person to person.

  • Three to four months is a long time, can I get a replacement tooth in the meanwhile?

Yes, you can. You can ask for a temporary replacement tooth after the implant is secured into the jaw, while you wait for your permanent artificial tooth. Please note, though, that the tooth is temporary – you will need to have it replaced.

  • Can implants fail?

Very rarely do implants fail – there is a 98% global success rate. There is a chance the body might reject them if you have a metal allergy.

At the same time, you have to be reasonably healthy before we can consider you for implants. If you do not have enough bone where the implant can sit, you might have to get bone grafts before undergoing implant surgery.

In this day and age, you no longer have to live with gaps in your teeth, thanks to replacement teeth. That said, dental implants in Windsor provide everyday conveniences and benefits that other treatments do not.

Do my children really need braces?

Your teenager might be at the age where his or her peers are having their teeth straightened, and it is something that you and your child may view with trepidation. We at Old Windsor Dental understand your concerns, for the parent, it is an expensive investment that might not seem all that necessary. Whilst not perfect, your child’s teeth appear straight enough to you. At the same time, your offspring might be reluctant at the idea because of how braces look and subsequently, how they might be judged when wearing them.

Braces in WindsorStraightening teeth is not just about having a beautiful smile

Orthodontic treatments do not only result in a physical transformation but also provide pivotal health benefits you should consider before you put off orthodontic devices for another few years.

While it is never too late for a person to fix a misalignment, the recommended age to do so is early adolescence while the teeth and jaw are still forming and can be moved into their correct position easily, which could mean a less complicated method and shorter duration of treatment.

Failure to do so could lead to teeth becoming more crooked and challenging to clean, or developing a protruding overbite that places undue pressure on the jaw.

What are the main reasons for considering an orthodontic device?

Misaligned teeth are grounds for getting braces in Windsor, but so is a malocclusion. In layman’s terms, malocclusion is a bite problem that occurs when the upper and lower jaw are different sizes. An overbite results when the size of the upper jaw supersedes the lower and an underbite manifests when the lower jaw is more prominent.

A severe malocclusion, if left untreated, could impact your child’s dental health because the teeth will not be able to function as they should, and so he or she might face difficulties when eating and talking.

Will the experience be traumatic for my child?

We can treat children from ten and upwards for their crooked teeth, but we understand that you might have concerns. Consult with our orthodontist to determine whether your child is ready for braces in Windsor or if they are not yet emotionally prepared and need more time. For example, you might have reservations about your child’s current lack of discipline when it comes to brushing and taking care of their teeth.

There are some misconceptions about braces in Windsor which are likely to heighten your fear and anxiety that are not entirely true. One of them concerns pain and discomfort. While your child might experience some sensitivity when they first get their braces fitted, this lasts a few days. Soothe the discomfort with a soft diet and mild child-friendly pain tablets. Mouth sores can also occur when metal rubs on the inside of the mouth, treat these with a numbing gel.

When should I book my child’s first appointment with the orthodontist?

There is not a set age or time, but your local dentist might advise or refer you to a specialist.

What will the orthodontist do?

On the first visit, our orthodontist will examine the teeth, mouth and jaw, and ask the child to bite their teeth together. We will ask whether the child has difficulty chewing and swallowing and if the jaw makes funny clicking noises to assess the extent of the problem.

X-rays are then taken to view the current position of the teeth and see whether the child is still developing permanent ones.

Straightening aids are a long-term investment that positively affect your offspring’s lifestyle. Create happier and healthier versions of your children under the healing hands of our orthodontist.

Wondering if your child will need braces?

There are things that all parents worry about with regard to the long-term health of their children. After all, we all only get one pair of eyes, ears, feet, arms and 2 sets of teeth. The second set have to last for decades and decades though, so having good, strong, straight teeth is important.

Orthodontics in BerkshireAre you wondering if your child is going to have teeth that last really well? And what can you do to support the longevity of their teeth? Well, at home it means setting a good example with oral hygiene, and having to stand over your kids at the bathroom basin twice a day, every day, for the first several years of their lives. Apart from that, one of the most important things you can do for your kids is check out whether they will need orthodontics, and if so, make sure they get them.

Orthodontics is the dental name for that area of dentistry that deals with correcting crooked teeth and misaligned bites. Here at The Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire, Dr Emmett Hegarty is our orthodontist.

He offers orthodontic check-ups so that parents can find out if their child is going to need some kind of braces or other treatment to bring their teeth into alignment, and possibly also their jaws.

With digital x-rays and scans, it is now possible to see how adult teeth are going to come through before they actually do, and to plan for what lies ahead.

Orthodontic check-ups are carried out on children as young as 7, just as the adult teeth are about to come through. This means that, if necessary, treatment can start from around the age of 9, and teeth can be guided into place.

How long the treatment will take depends upon the complexity and severity of the issues. Mild misalignments may only take weeks or months. More complex or severe issues can take a couple of years.

While teeth can be straightened at any age, jaws that need remodelling to comfortably accommodate all the teeth need to be worked on before the bone sets hard at around age 18.

To find out more, please ring and ask about a consultation.

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