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If you are looking for dental implants in Windsor, come and talk our implantologist at the Old Windsor Dental Practice. Ian Seddon is a highly experienced clinician who has been fitting dental implants for 25 years. Ian qualified as a general dentist back in the late 1980s, before deciding to focus on implant work. We are happy to have a dentist of his skill and knowledge taking take of our implant patients.
Because the thing is, with dental implants in Windsor, you want to make sure you’ve got someone in the know on your case. The procedure can be a complex and lengthy one, so always look for an implant dentist with a proven track record.
There are several stages to the treatment. First is the consultation. Here, Ian will check your suitability for receiving dental implants in Windsor, and take x-rays, scans and photographs of your teeth to build up a detailed picture of your jaw.
These investigations may reveal that you need additional work such as a bone graft to augment the jawbone, if it has lost density. Ian will talk you through what this involves, so you can make an informed decision about whether you want to go ahead with the implant or not.
If you do want to have dental implants in Windsor, then the preparation work is carried out. This could also mean having gum disease treated to make sure your mouth is in good health before implant surgery,
Then the implant is fitted in a minor surgical procedure under local anaesthetic. You may feel some discomfort, and if you are anxious, you can opt for sedation to help soothe your nerves. Afterwards you may feel a little drowsy, so do ask a friend to help you get home.
The implant healing process takes from a few weeks to a few months, depending on your health and lifestyle. You’ll need to be gentle with your new implant during this time, and Ian will give you a post-surgery plan to help you take good care of it.
Once the healing is complete, you can have your new replacement tooth fitted, restoring your smile to its full brilliance.
If you are researching dental implants, you will soon start discovering benefit after benefit. Eventually, this will make you feel more confident about your choice of dental implants to replace your missing teeth.
And if you are still uncertain about dental implants in Windsor, we encourage you to get in touch with a dentist at The Old Windsor Dental Practice.
Did you know that dental implants are very durable?
Chances are that you have read somewhere that dental implants can last forever. Sadly, this claim is not true. While they might not be around for that long, dental implants in Windsor can certainly last for many decades with proper care and maintenance. And if you ask how this is possible, it is because they made of titanium, a metal that has the ability to fuse with bone tissue as one organic entity. Unless you neglect them completely, there is no reason for your dental implants in Windsor to fail anytime soon.
Caring for dental implants is not as complicated as you may think
We have already established that taking good care of your dental implants will keep them strong and healthy for longer. And taking good care for them is easy to accomplish since they don’t need special treatment. Simply brush and floss them daily along with the rest of your natural teeth, being careful to remove any food remains from around the implant areas. We also encourage our implant patients to visit our practice every so often for routine cleanings and maintenance. Keep up these good habits and your dental implants will last for a long time.
Dental implants will never damage your natural teeth
If you choose to replace your missing teeth with a bridge, you will soon find out that the only way for it to be stabilised is to rely on your healthy, natural teeth. Unfortunately, your dentist will need to remove some of the tissue from the teeth and this can cause their subsequent deterioration. Dental implants, on the other hand, do not need support from your teeth – instead, they rely on your jawbone for stability.
Getting dental implants has all sorts of horror stories attached it, but, in reality, it is a pretty simple process and not very painful. As with all other things that you have yet to experience, it’s the anticipation of the unknown that’s making you feel nervous.
At The Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire, we have seen the way dental implants have transformed the lives of our patients who need teeth replacing. They are once again able to eat whatever they like. Patients who have been living with dentures are delighted to no longer have to live every day with a background level of anxiety about their teeth wobbling around just when they least expect it.
The dental implant process has a few stages to it.
We need to take a really good look at your mouth and your jawbone to make sure that we can fit dental implants. If your jawbone has degenerated it won’t be able to support the implants. There are ways to regenerate it though, using bone grafts and a technique called a sinus lift. If it’s your upper jawbone that’s causing the issue, we may be able to use extra-long implants to anchor through the jawbone and into the cheekbone above it.
If you need a bone graft, you will need to add in some extra time while the bone grafts integrates.
People worry that this will be painful, but, with fewer nerves in the jawbone, a local anaesthetic is ample to numb the pain. Anxiety is another matter altogether. The procedure takes a while, so you may want oral or intravenous sedation to help you deeply relax.
You need to allow 2-6 months for the implants to fuse with your jawbone before you can expect to chew crunchy or chewy foods. This is the case even if you have crowns fitted immediately (same day teeth).
All you need to do to look after your implants is make sure you don’t get gum disease. Twice-daily brushing for 2 minutes, with daily flossing and regular trips to the hygienist is enough for this.
It may sound odd but people often find that once they have been fitted with replacement teeth on dental implants in Windsor, they can sometimes forget they aren’t their natural teeth. It’s unlikely that will ever happen to anyone wearing full or partial dentures, what with all the overnight soaking and pulling them out to rinse off bits of food that have got stuck under them.
But with dental implants in Windsor, from us at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, it’s a different story. Crowns on dental implants stay in your mouth once they have been fitted. They are screwed into the dental implants and the dental implants are embedded into your jaw.
They are held in place by new bone tissue. This grows all over the outer surface of the dental implants, which are tapered posts or screws made of titanium. Titanium has that effect on the body. It thinks this metal is body tissue and grabs onto it rather than rejecting it. Once the jawbone has integrated with the dental implants, they have all the chewing power of natural teeth, unlike dentures which only have about a quarter of the power.
Cleaning and maintenance
The great thing about this form of tooth replacement is that you can treat it like natural teeth. This means you just carry on with your diligent twice-daily 2-minute brushing routine, along with daily flossing and regular trips to the hygienist for a deep clean. What you are trying to do is make sure that there is no build up of plaque to cause gum disease. Gum disease is the big enemy of dental implants as it can attack and erode the bone surrounding the dental implant, causing it to loosen and fall out.
Can you have dental implants in Windsor?
It all depends on the strength and density of your jawbone. The best way to find out if your jawbone can sustain a dental implant is to come in for a consultation and let us take a look at your jawbone with x-rays and scans. If there is an issue, a bone graft or a sinus lift might solve it.
If you are heading towards tooth loss, you want to start thinking about how to replace those teeth now. Don’t kick back and think this is something that you can deal with this year, next year, sometime or never. Here’s why, at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we encourage our patients to get the ball rolling as soon as possible:
Tooth loss means bone loss
When you lose a tooth, the bone and gum in the area of the jaw it is gone from start to shrink back almost immediately. It can take as little as one year to lose as much as 25% of your jawbone size and density in the gap where your tooth was. If you are losing a lot of teeth, you are looking at a shrunken jaw and a pointy chin in the not-too-distant future. This bone loss is because there is no tooth root sending down vibrations from impacts with opposing teeth. These vibrations tell the bone your teeth are still in action. Without them, your jawbone dissolves itself.
What does this mean for replacement teeth?
Bone loss is an important factor to bear in mind when you are deciding what kind of replacement teeth to go for. Only dental implants in Windsor replace the roots of your teeth. Dentures and fixed bridges only replace the crowns. So, when considering which method of tooth replacement to go for, it’s very important to think about your jawbone and facial structure.
Another important factor is your ability to chew and bite. Dental implants in Windsor give you back your full chewing power. This is important because it’s often the more difficult to chew foods that contain the most nutrition. Think nuts, raw vegetables, fresh fruits, meats.
Keeping your restorations clean is also very important. Dentures require removal and overnight soaking. Dental implants just need your usual twice daily oral health routine.
Dental implants last for at least 15 years, and often for life. Dentures and fixed bridges need to be replaced every 3-10 years. When you factor in replacement costs, dental implants can often work out the same price.
Losing your natural teeth can be quite overwhelming, whether it’s a single tooth or several. From conventional solutions to innovative alternatives such as dental implants, the choice is plenty and it can be hard to weigh the benefits and the disadvantages of each treatment.
At Old Windsor Dental Practice, we firmly believe that dental implants in Windsor are the best solution for tooth loss – however, we suggest scheduling a consultation with our implant dentist to ensure that this is the right treatment for you. Many of our patients have questions about the practical function of dental implants, including their maintenance. In general, dental implants do not require special care in order to remain strong and healthy, but you may wish to consider doing some things differently if you want to stay on top of your implant care maintenance.
Explaining the function of dental implants
Dental implants are tiny, biocompatible, titanium posts which are surgically inserted into the upper and/or lower jawbone. Over time, the bone tissue fuses with the implant through a process known as ‘osseointegration’. This process is made possible because of the natural integration of the bone to the titanium. Once this process is over and the dental implant has healed, your dentist will restore the visible structure of your teeth by inserting crowns, dentures or bridges on top of your dental implants in Windsor.
Caring for dental implants – should I be doing things differently?
After your implant surgery, your dentist will give you specific instructions on how to take good care of your implant sites until you receive your restoration teeth. These instructions are easy to follow and ensure that your dental implants will integrate into the jawbone without any problems. Once you receive your replacement teeth, you do not need to change your oral hygiene routine. However, you need to be very careful and practice diligent oral hygiene. Although dental implants in Windsor, cannot be affected by tooth decay, they are still prone to gum disease, which can lead to implant failure. Establishing a good oral hygiene regime and visiting the dentist frequently, will help you stay on top of your oral health.
Dentures, as we all know, do not act the same as our natural teeth. Although modern denture look great and mimic your natural teeth, they are removable and can take time getting used to, they will need maintenance to prevent bad breath or gum disease. However, dentures can now be fixed in place due to advances in dental implant technology.
Dental implants are small screws that are placed in the jawbone during simple surgery, normally under local anaesthetic. They are made of surgical grade titanium, which is treated by the body as natural bone. This means your bone, gum and even blood vessels will grow around the implant. They provide a durable, strong base for your dentures to be fixed onto. This means your dentures act like your natural teeth, no longer requiring removal for cleaning.
Dentures are used for replacing several or all your teeth, however if you’ve lost only one, a crown will be fitted instead. Either way, your crowns or dentures will be matched to your natural teeth and no one will know that you have false teeth. What’s more, because they are fixed in place securely to your jawbone, dental implants will function as your natural teeth. This means you can eat and drink anything you wish, and you don’t have to compromise your lifestyle due to missing teeth. It’s a second shot at having a natural smile and if you follow a good dental oral hygiene routine, including brushing and flossing, and you come for regular dental check-ups, there’s no reason they wouldn’t last you a life time.
How can I receive my dental implants
In Berkshire, dental implants can be discussed during a consultation at The Old Windsor Dental Practice. We will assess the health of your jawbone and ensure that implants will work effectively for you. Any preparation work will be carried out, including addressing any gum health issues and your surgery will be set. You’ll then have surgery, and once the implants are in place, your dentures can be fixed in place and you can get on with enjoying your life, although you will need to be careful about what you eat for several weeks while your implants integrate.
When you experience a missing tooth, it can come as a shock. It feels different, and perhaps more significantly, it can significantly alter the look of your smile. Here at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we offer dental implants that will restore your smile and provide many long-lasting benefits to your oral health.
More than just a confident smile
Going for dental implants doesn’t just boost your confidence in your appearance, it’ll put faith back into the ability and health of your teeth.
The teeth work as a set, and when one is missing, it can risk weakening the remaining teeth. Going for dental implants in Windsor can improve your ability to chew and properly digest food, prevent problems with your surrounding teeth, avoid a ‘shrunken jaw’, and generally improve your oral health and overall well-being.
Why dental implants over other treatment?
While dental implants in Windsor aren’t suitable to everyone, they are a popular option for those who are looking to fix a gap in their smile, as they hold benefits over other treatments such as bridges and dentures, for example:
- They are often more predictable than other treatments, allowing you to have a sense of the overall result and knowing what to expect
- They don’t affect the healthy remaining teeth by using them for stablity
- They protect healthy bone by preventing bone loss
- They allow you to eat and speak without having to think about uncomfortable removable dentures
- They look natural, as the implant acts as the root of the tooth, providing a solution that most closely mimics the natural teeth
- They provide a long-lasting solution, lasting upwards of 25 years.
How to dental implants work?
The journey of going for dental implants in Windsor goes as follows:
- Appointment: an in-depth consultation to see if you are suitable and plan your treatment
- Surgery: the implant is inserted into the jawbone under local anesthetic
- Healing: it is then left to heal and mesh with the jawbone, taking around 3 months
- The tooth: finally, the crown is placed on the tooth by means of an abutment. It is made to match the rest of the teeth in size, shape, and colour.
It’s that time of year again. Summer is on the way out and we are starting to think about Sunday roasts with all the trimmings. Crackling, roast potatoes and when it gets to Christmas, there’ll be nuts to tuck into too. Or will there? Can your replacement teeth cope with all that? Or will you have to make do with mash, stews and pass on the nuts altogether? Losing teeth doesn’t have to be this way; you can put everything back on the menu when you have dental implants to replace lost teeth with us at Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire.
Dental implants are super-stable because they are embedded into the jawbone, where they fuse with the jawbone. Made of titanium, dental implants are highly biocompatible, and the body welcomes them, rather than rejecting them, by growing new bone cells and blood vessels all over them. It’s not quite the same biology as a tooth held in place in its socket by fibres, but it works just as well, unlike other methods of replacement, which are not as stable. Dentures can’t handle more than about a quarter of the pressure exerted by normal chewing, which is why so many denture wearers end up on a soft food diet and can’t remember the last time they were able to bite into an apple.
Dental implants also last a good long time. Their only enemy is gum disease, which, if left to advance, can attack the gums and then the bone holding the implants in place, so it’s important to be assiduous with dental care. Brush carefully twice a day for 2 minutes with a fluoride toothpaste. Floss well, making sure to go under the gums to remove plaque. Use interdental brushes to remove trapped food. And it’s also very important to have regular deep cleans with the dental hygienist to remove all the plaque you can’t get at.
If you do all this, you will find that your dental implants could last for decades. You may find that you need to replace the porcelain crown part because they do wear out, but the posts should be fine. Some people have had theirs in place for 50 years now.
Losing one or more teeth can be devastating. You may feel like you’ll never be able to eat, speak or smile normally again. The long-term implications for your oral health are pretty bad too. If you have lost one or more teeth, getting them replaced is a priority, not only because gaps look bad, but also because you need to prevent further problems occurring. Luckily, here at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, dental implants in Windsor can save you from the embarrassment and health complications of missing teeth.
Why are dental implants in Windsor so good?
Dental implants in Windsor look like real teeth. They feel like real teeth. They function like real teeth. You can even maintain them just like your real teeth. A thorough brush and floss every day is what you need to do to keep them in good condition. People with dental implants often tell us that nobody notices that their teeth are not real. You may even forget that you’ve had the implants after a while because they are so realistic and natural-feeling. You’ll be able to talk normally, smile normally, eat normally. What more could you want from a tooth replacement? Some other tooth replacement options such as bridges or dentures simply cannot offer the same benefits as dental implants in Windsor.
What are dental implants exactly?
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots made of titanium. They are implanted into your jawbone. The titanium implant will be accepted by your body. Your bone and gums will heal around it. The implant has a part that sticks out above your gums. This is what we attach your tooth replacement to. Your replacement tooth is colour matched to your other teeth. It can be nice to have your teeth whitened before getting dental implants. This way your implants will be colour-matched to a brighter set of teeth.
Will getting dental implants be painful?
Of course, you will experience some pain with dental implants. However, the treatment is not nearly as bad as you may expect. Patients say it feels much like getting a big filling. Call us today to find out how we could help you with dental implants in Windsor.