Making patients happy
Our main goal above all else, here at Old Windsor Dental, is to make each of our patients smile from the dental services that we provide. Restoring the smile of a patient who has lost the ability to do so, is one of the most rewarding and positively impactful dental procedures which we provide.
Through the use of innovative technologies and methods that have been refined for centuries, the dental implants in Windsor of today now restore the patient’s ability not only to smile but to speak and chew with ease in such a way that the implants both look and feel almost completely identical to natural teeth.
Who would need dental implants?
Anyone who has lost a tooth – or teeth – ought to seek out dental implants in Windsor as a way of permanently solving the issues, before it can do damage to the surrounding teeth in their mouths. If a space left by a lost tooth is not treated for some time, it can lead to seriously detrimental problems arising for the patient.
One such problem is the loss of bone density around their jaw and facial shape. This takes place as the unused bone around the tooth is redistributed around their bodies, and results in the patient’s entire facial structure being altered. Thankfully, dental implants in Windsor can permanently reverse this and restore the structure to a patient’s jaw shape.
How do they work?
Unlike other, similar treatments to replace a lost tooth – such as dentures or crowns – implants are a permanent solution. Crowns and bridges both work by sitting on the patient’s gum line, and cover the gap in their teeth in a prosthetic way. Implants however, replace the tooth in a way which is almost identical to the mechanics of a natural tooth. By creating an artificial tooth root, and deeply embedding it within the bone structure of the patient, it can act as a sturdy and permanent point on which to attach a replica denture.
The idea of replacing lost teeth in such a way has existed for thousands of years, but it was only recently that medical and dental science reached the point of success as it is now today. Anyone who is looking to bridge a lost space within their teeth should seriously consider dental implants, as these are a permanent and comfortable solution.
What does the procedure involve?
In order to have dental implants, a small dental operation must be carried out to embed the false root into the patient’s jawbone. The root is made from titanium-alloy metal, as it has the unique ability to bond itself within the human bone. Initially, a small portion of the patient’s gum is stripped back and a hole is made surgically. Then the root is embedded and left to heal.
Over a short while that follows, the titanium root and the patient’s jawbone will fuse themselves together. After this fusion has taken place, the root can then be used as a socket into which a replacement denture is fixed into.
Getting things straight
At Old Windsor, we aim to please our patients. In every service we provide them, it is our sole goal to put a smile on their face that they can be happy with. Orthodontic treatments, such as braces in Windsor are one of the most impactful fields of dentistry in regards to its profoundly positive effect it can have on the appearance of patients who seek treatment. Many adults and elderly people refrain from looking into whether or not they could benefit from braces out of a lack of understanding about their options.
A large portion of patients still believe that the only form of orthodontic work that is available to them is traditional, fused braces. Whilst these are still an effective way of correcting dental misalignment, they are not – unsurprisingly – popular with many adults and elderly people due to how they look and their comfortability.
However, there are now several different cosmetic forms of braces in Windsor which can realign a patient’s teeth and provide them with a straighter smile – without impacting on the way they look in any way. Removable dental appliances such as Invisalign allow patients to correct minor dental alignment issues both comfortably and discretely. These are a new form of braces, which achieve a straighter smile without the need of the conventional means of fused braces.
How do removable aligners work?
Discrete dental aligners, such as Invisalign, work solely through the use of specifically placed pressure points that are positioned at the desired teeth within the interior structure of a retainer. Every retainer is constructed from a comfortable dental plastic called SmartTrack, and is custom built to fit perfectly over the patient’s teeth. When it is worn over their teeth, as the retainer is thin and transparent, it becomes practically undetectable. As such, patients can carry out their daily lives without being impacted by their treatments.
One of the main attractions for patients of all ages to this type of braces in Windsor is the removable nature of the treatment and the freedom that this affords them. Unlike traditional braces, which are typically bonded to the front of a patient’s teeth for the duration of their treatment (often around twelve months) removable dental aligners can be taken off at the patient’s choosing. This uniquely gives them the ability to tailor when they carry out their alignment to their own schedules – such as choosing to only wear their retainers when at home or when asleep, or taking their retainer out for meals or photographs.
Why seek treatment?
One of the most beneficial advantages to this method of orthodontics – as with all forms of orthodontic treatment – is that the risk of periodontal disease or gingivitis is greatly reduced. This happens as any gaps and difficult to reach spaces between crooked teeth where bacteria and plaque could form are removed. As a patient’s teeth are moved together, the likelihood of them contracting periodontal disease diminishes as their jaws become more aligned. Those who opt for a cosmetic form of treatment often find that it increases both the straightness of their smile, and their self-confidence.
Many of our patients may be unaware of the health concerns related with missing teeth, and therefore may not know that their missing teeth need to be replaced to avoid other health complications. It is common knowledge within the field of dentistry that missing teeth can cause our patients discomfort (and possibly even oral pain) when attempting to partake in daily dental tasks (such as eating, brushing, and flossing), however missing teeth can also cause a multitude of other health problems.
Preventing the onset of oral diseases and infections by replace your missing teeth with dental implants in Berkshire
Replacing missing teeth through the means of restorative dentistry (such as dental implants, which we offer at our dental clinic) can not only result in an increased level of self-esteem and a great looking smile. Having restored teeth can also help patients stay on top of their dental health. Gaps within the mouth can unfortunately lead to the accumulation of oral bacteria, as the space between the surrounding teeth is a breeding ground for dental germs which can sadly develop into gum disease.
The dental issues experienced by individuals looking to replace your missing teeth with dental implants in Berkshire?
In addition to aesthetic concerns and a lowered level of self-confidence, patients can also experience a speech impairment (also commonly referred to as a ‘lisp’) which can cause hindrance to many of our patients social and career prospects.
Reversing years worth of orthodontic work
Patients who have received any form of orthodontic work in the past (whether this be traditional metal braces as a child, or clear aligners in later life) may wish to replace their missing teeth as soon as possible. Having one or several missing teeth within the mouth can encourage surrounding teeth to move into the gap, which is why it is so important to replace your tooth before the neighbouring teeth have a chance to move!
Our unique dental approach
At our dental clinic within Berkshire we promote preventive dentistry, meaning that we believe prevention is always better than the cure. However, if you are experiencing a missing tooth (whether this be due to an incident or health concerns) we can help you love your smile again!
How to prevent tooth loss
It is known by many of our patients that brushing adequately (for a minimum of two minutes, twice daily) can help reduce the build-up of plaque and tartar on the surface of the teeth, but what else can you do to reduce your chances of developing gingivitis?
What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis is an oral disease that is caused by the accumulation of oral bacteria on the surface of the teeth. Unfortunately patients who do not brush adequately (or consume highly sugary food and drink) may be more prone to developing this infection.
How does gingivitis lead to tooth loss?
Gingivitis (if left untreated) can unfortunately develop into periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can start to affect the bone of the tooth, and later on the tissue, which can then lead to tooth loss within the mouth.
Choosing a dental clinic can be a difficult decision for any individual to make, especially for those patients who, unfortunately, are suffering from missing teeth within the mouth and who need a fast, effective, and more importantly, a long-term durable dental solution. At our dental clinic within Berkshire we offer all of our new, and of course, our pre-registered patients a wealth of experience, working with them to help achieve their sought after smiles!
A dental service you can trust to replace your missing teeth with dental implants in Berkshire
Our dental clinic has been providing patients with implant dentistry for many years, offering an excellent standard of dental care for individuals of all ages and complexities, all based within a welcoming, clean, and modern dental environment. Despite our positive dental reputation within the local and surrounding area, we appreciate that many of our potential patients may wish to view some previous patient testimonials.
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How do we replace your missing teeth with dental implants in Berkshire?
Missing teeth can be dealt with in many ways by using single crowns, bridges, or even denture stabilisation, all of which can be supported by one key stabilising component; dental implants.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are essentially small titanium metal screws which are placed into the jaw (using a special dental drill) where the natural tooth was once originally located. Dental implants are used to replicate the natural tooth root in the mouth, and can be used to support multiple porcelain crowns.
What is a porcelain crown?
A porcelain crown aims to mimic the natural tooth, restoring not only the aesthetic appearance, but also the function of a patient’s missing tooth. At our dental clinic within Berkshire we treat every single dental case as completely unique, this is why our porcelain crowns are custom made for each patient’s case in terms of their shade, size and shape.
So what are the benefits of receiving dental implants?
The popularity of dental implants has risen in leaps and bounds within the scope of modern dentistry, and could be argued as the best possible form of tooth replacement available. In terms of the obvious benefits, dental implants allow patients to partake in daily dental tasks normally again, without experiencing pain or discomfort.
In addition to their functional benefits however, dental implants can also help retain a patient’s bone structure. This helps eliminate the chances of ‘facial sloping’ developing which can unfortunately occur as a result of missing teeth.
A long lasting solution to missing teeth
Dental implants could be considered as a large financial investment for many of our patients, which is why it’s important they last a long time. Dental implants have a natural looking physical appearance this, combined with their durable nature, makes them an excellent solution for missing teeth with the appliance of modern dentistry. It is the closest a patient will get to having their own teeth again.
Dental implants in Windsor are one of the many treatment options available to our body of patients. They are a cutting edge form of dentistry, but they have a long history of use. Throughout history, it has been commonplace to wish for a full set of teeth, as this can demonstrate a level of supposed health. Many scientific experiments took place, such as using gold and alloys to make dental implants and mounting a porcelain crown on a platinum disc. However, these experiments did not yield overall positive long term results. It wasn’t until 1952 when an orthopaedic surgeon stumbled across the fundamentals for what would become the foundation for dental implants. It was discovered that a titanium cylinder had fused together with the femur bone of a rabbit during a study on bone healing and regeneration. This discovery was then utilised in other areas of health care, such as dental care. It is from this that modern dental implants came about. A small titanium screw is inserted into the jawbone, and crowns are built on top of the implant to give a natural-looking smile.
Why should I get dental implants?
There are many reasons why you should consider dental implants in Windsor, and these reasons can help make you make an informed choice. You should consider dental implants if you want to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Dental implants can offer many benefits to your health. These highly desirable benefits include the improved overall appearance of the teeth, giving you a fully formed smile. Patients who have previously used poor-fitting dentures notice that these can slip within their mouth, this can cause them to mumble or slur their words; with dental implants this is not an issue. Dental implants are designed to improve the comfort of the user alongside allowing for easier eating, and they can allow you to continue to eat your favourite foods. They are durable and convenient, so implants can improve your overall oral health and hygiene. Alongside all these physical benefits, dental implants can also have mental benefits, such as improving your self-image through better self-esteem.
How is a dental implant fitted?
The fitting of a dental implant in Windsor follows numerous steps to ensure that you are fitted with them in a highly efficient manner. You often only require a local anaesthetic when being fitted with dental implants. Firstly, your dentist will ensure that you are entirely comfortable with the process and answer any questions that you may have; your dentist will also inform you of any aftercare that you need to be aware of. Preparation work is completed to allow the rest of the procedure to be administered smoothly. You will work with your dentist using treatment plans, X-rays and models to figure out the exact treatment you require. Once the implants are placed into the mouth they are required to heal while your crowns are constructed in the laboratory using impressions of your teeth. This allows your teeth to match the rest of your smile. If you think that dental implants could be for you, why not get in touch? Everyone should have confidence in their own smile.
It is true that braces can be used on the developing mouths of children and teenagers, but it is also true that adults who have overcrowded or gapped teeth can also benefit from braces. Here at Old Windsor, we can offer you braces in Windsor, if you think your smile could benefit from some straightening or realigning. Many people are dissatisfied with the way that their smile looks and choose to hide their smile at all costs, but what if you could achieve the smile you have always desired? Then there would be no need to hide anymore. We believe that everyone deserves a smile that they cannot wait to show off and braces could be the way to achieve exactly that. If you wish your smile was straighter or without gaps then maybe braces could be for you, why not get in touch to see what we could offer you and your new smile?
What types of braces do you offer?
Here at Old Windsor, we offer a number of different kinds of braces, these braces are specifically designed with different kinds of patients in mind, ensuring that the needs of all patients are met. If you are looking for braces in Windsor why not consider looking into what we offer? There are three main types of braces that we offer our patients, these are fixed appliances, removable appliances and traditional orthodontics. Fixed appliances are used to correct problems concerning the top and lower teeth not matching up, these appliances are often used for younger patients whose mouths are still developing. An example of this treatment is the twin block which moves the lower jaw gently using a screw mechanism.
Removable appliances are often used as an alternative to fixed braces. These appliances are used on milder conditions needing correcting and can be removed, which is beneficial for daily cleaning, this will help keep your mouth clean during the treatment. Invisalign is an example of a removable appliance and uses clear trays to gently adjust the position of your teeth. They are created specifically for each patient and so fit perfectly into your mouth. Finally, traditional orthodontics uses a series of wires and brackets to gently mouth your teeth into the desired position.
But won’t it hurt?
It is true that there can be some mild discomfort in the use of braces as the teeth are moved into the desired position. It does become increasingly important to look after your oral health if you choose to have braces fitted, as the mouth can become more susceptible to disease. If you choose to have braces in Windsor fitted then your dentist will always ensure that you are comfortable and will advise you on the best practice to look after your teeth whilst they undergo the treatment. This could also include pain management for the discomfort that you may be exposed to whilst your teeth are moved into their new position. Braces, as part of modern developing dentistry, have continued to evolve over the years and are now more convenient and more comfortable than ever, achieving brilliant results that keep you smiling.
Our dental clinic in Berkshire has been a member of the BDA Good Practice Scheme since 2010, and has continued to provide a high standard of dentistry since. Our branch within Windsor was established within 1981, meaning we have been providing dental services for over thirty years! Our clinic believes that improvement should never stop, which is why we continue to develop our range of dental treatments constantly.
Our wide array of dental treatments include orthodontics, gum work, root canal work, and even implant dentistry. Our practice adopts a patient centred approach, this means our patients are always our top priority, we serve patients who are looking for general dentistry, and those looking to cosmetic dental treatments. If you are looking for a dental clinic that takes pride in delivering a warm and friendly professional dental service to all of their new and pre-registered patients, then look no further.
Feeling nervous about replacing your missing teeth in Berkshire?
If you are feeling anxious prior to your implant treatment, it is important to remember you are not alone. Many of our nervous patients may be unaware that dental fears and phobias are extremely common, and something we come across frequently at our dental clinic in Berkshire. If you are feeling anxious feel free to give us a call, or even pay us a visit so you can voice your concerns and worries before your treatment journey begins.
A dental provider you can trust
Our clinic not only uses modern dental materials, however we also ensure we have a great array of dental healthcare professionals. Our implantologist is Ian Seddon and received a BDS from Manchester in 1989. Ian is a private dentist and has been practicing implant dentistry since 1994. Ian is just one example of our fantastic team in Old Windsor, however we have many other great members of our team!
Why is it important to replace missing teeth in Berkshire?
Missing teeth may often be overlooked, however they can have a detrimental effect on your oral health. Gaps within the mouth can cause a build-up of unwanted oral bacteria, which can develop into oral diseases and infections (such as gum disease). Aside from dental health concerns, missing teeth can be extremely uncomfortable, and even painful for patients attempting to chew and clean their teeth. Patients who are suffering from missing teeth may also find that their speech is impaired, and can suffer a decline in their self-esteem.
An unexpected consequence
Many of our patients may be unaware that missing teeth within the mouth can also result in an unfortunate effect to the appearance of the face. Missing teeth which are left untreated can lead the face to ‘slope’ causing an unwanted altered physical appearance for many of our patients.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are considered the best form of long lasting tooth replacement in the field of restorative dentistry, and at our dental practice, Old Windsor, we couldn’t agree more! Dental implants aim to replicate the natural tooth, and act as a stabilising fixture for the abutment (commonly referred to as the connector) and the porcelain crown.
Many patients may suffer from missing teeth due to an accident (such as falling off a bike or being involved in a sporting incident) however missing teeth can also be caused by oral diseases and infections. Tooth decay, and gum disease are common causes of gaps along the gum line, however some people are actually born with missing teeth (commonly referred to as congenitally missing teeth). Whatever the cause, missing teeth can cause our patients at Old Windsor extreme discomfort, sometimes even pain, and lowered self-esteem when attempting to partake in daily dental tasks such as eating, and brushing.
Finding a cure for missing teeth in Berkshire
Patients who are suffering from missing teeth may wish to find a cure, whether this be for aesthetic physical reasons, an unwanted speech impairment, or due to health concerns. A common solution within the field of restorative dentistry are dental implants, which can not only be used for the replacement of single teeth, but can also be used to support dual arches of porcelain crowns within the mouth.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are a form of restorative dentistry which has risen dramatically in popularity within recent years, and for good reason! Dental implants essentially consist of three components, the first of which being the titanium screw, also referred to as the base and the actual implant. Dental implants are used to replicate the natural tooth’s root, and act as a stabilising base for the abutment (the connector) and the porcelain crown. Dental implants are a long-term solution for missing teeth, and can last many years when cared for correctly.
How do I care for my dental implants, once they have fully healed?
Many of our patients may believe that this particular form of restorative dentistry requires an extensive aftercare regime, however this is not necessarily the case. Dental implants are custom made at our dental clinic which means they are matched perfectly to the shape and shade of our patients’ natural surrounding teeth. Dental implants are certainly not considered as a ‘quick fix’ however after the area has fully healed (which can take months) the implants can be brushed and cared for in the same way as natural teeth.
Are dental implants suitable for the replacement of multiple missing teeth in Berkshire?
Yes! At our clinic in Berkshire we offer dental implants for several, or even whole rows of missing teeth within the mouth. Bridges are a common example of restorative dentistry that can be used to replace several missing teeth in the mouth, and consist of several porcelain crowns which are attached using a special dental adhesive.
What is denture stabilisation?
Dentures are extremely common and consist of several porcelain crowns, dentures are normally removed during the night. They are considered an excellent form of tooth replacement for patients who are missing one or even both arches of teeth, however many patients may lean more towards a stable alternative.
Denture stabilisation uses dental implants which are inserted within the jaw, the dentures can then be adhered using special dental fixtures.
Is denture stabilisation right for me?
Denture stabilisation may be a perfect option for patients who wish for a healthy looking smile, with a stable base. Denture stabilisation allows patients to eat and clean their teeth without having to remove them, which can lift a weight off many of our older patients’ shoulders.
Undoubtedly, losing your teeth is distressing and can cause you to feel considerably self-conscious about how your smile looks minus one, or a couple of pearly whites.
So how are teeth commonly replaced? Advances in restorative dentistry have allowed people who are suffering from tooth loss, whether single or extensive, many several replacement methods from which to choose.
Dental implants in Windsor have risen in popularity ahead of bridges and dentures, due to the innumerable benefits that they provide.
Our clinic, Old Windsor, are suppliers of this groundbreaking treatment. Our team comprises professionals trained in implant dentistry. Visit our practice for more information.
Why should I opt for dental implants in Windsor?
You may have been told by advocates of dental implants that the device offers a superior user experience than that of other similar restoration aids.
Dental implants of Windsor indeed boast incredible advantages that will not only fix your smile but will return you to your old life without hassles caused by a faulty device.
As the implant replaces the old tooth at the root, you can enjoy a device that is firmly lodged into your jawbone and cannot be removed unless by professionals. For this reason, you can eat without fear of breaking your aid, or have it accidentally falling out of place.
Additionally, aside from offering you all the conveniences that help you to lead a normal life, a tooth implant aids in regenerating your jaw bone.
Ordinarily, false teeth such as dentures may improve upon the appearance of your mouth. However, the device does little to regenerate the bone underneath. As a result of the bone not being stimulated, it starts to degenerate. Having an implant insert will help to repair the damage.
What are some other benefits?
Common complaints about false teeth are that they tend to look unnatural.
Tooth implants are subtle in that they look and function like real teeth.
How long does the procedure take?
If you are looking for a quick and easy solution, you will not find it with tooth implants. The treatment requires multiple sessions with the dentists where a couple of procedures are administered, not to mention a lengthy healing period. Adding to that, you may be required to undergo additional procedures to correct dental issues that may affect successful implantation, such as unhealthy gums, or an insufficient amount of bone in the area treated.
Who is not a suitable candidate for this treatment?
As we have mentioned, we run into complications when a patient has diseased gums or insufficient bones. While this does delay the process, obtaining implants remains possible.
Individuals who may be advised against implants ultimately include those with uncontrolled diabetes, people living with cancer, or those in a bad state of health generally.
Having these conditions may increase the chances of your implant failing.
How long does an implant last?
Unlike its counterparts which last approximately twelve to fifteen years, dental implants in Windsor can last a long time if well looked after.
The initial cost of the device may seem considerable, yet a worthwhile investment if you look at how long they can last.
Getting braces is a big decision to make as it is, hopefully, a lifelong investment.
If you have only begun your research on straightening solutions, know that there is no “one-size-fits-all” to getting braces. The appliance you have your eye on might not necessarily be right for you.
If you are seriously considering braces and need professional advice, visit our practice, Old Windsor Dental for a full consultation.
What are suitable braces in Windsor for me?
In order for our professional staff to provide you with an answer to the above question, we must first conduct a thorough examination of your mouth so that we can diagnose you.
Remember that while braces straighten teeth, they also perform other functions as well, such as correcting a bad bite and correcting a misaligned jaw.
The examination, along with some questions we ask you will determine the gravity of your orthodontic problem. Once we have that information, we can decide which treatment is right for you.
What are the options that are currently available?
Standard metal braces
Standard metal braces see widespread use. Since they were first invented, these traditional braces have undergone major improvements, and are comfortable and more discreet than earlier models.
This straightening device moves your teeth into a better position over approximately two years. In the first year, the crowns of your teeth are pulled into position, while the device moves the roots in the second year.
You may have to adjust your diet and cleaning regime with braces in Windsor, because they have to be worn at all times, even while you eat and brush your teeth.
To avoid breaking the wires of your braces, you should avoid eating hard food, or cut up what could potentially harm your appliance into smaller pieces.
With regards to cleaning your teeth, diligence is key. Brush your teeth after every meal and when you snack, as food could get stuck in the metal brackets.
Invisalign is a popular choice among many people due to its discreet appearance. Invisalign aligners are made with translucent plastic that look practically invisible when positioned in your mouth.
They are also an effective straightening device that takes twelve to eighteen months to fix your orthodontic issue, which is six months fewer than more conventional methods.
Their removable nature is yet another benefit raved about by past Invisalign users. The fact that the appliance is detachable allows you to eat and brush your teeth without being at all restricted. One could say that when it comes to your oral health, Invisalign is better to use because it you can follow your current teeth-cleaning routine.
On the fence about getting braces in Windsor? Here are some of the general benefits?
Straighter teeth are not just nice to look at, but are generally healthier because plaque can no longer hide in those hard-to-reach spaces of your mouth.
At the same time, an attractive smile is good for your mental health because you will feel more confidence about the way your teeth look.