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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.
What 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.
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.
With 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
What 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.
When you think about how prosthetic limbs have changed in the past couple of decades, let alone centuries, the advances medicine has made in replicating feet, hands, arms and legs is pretty impressive. It’s the same with replacing lost teeth. We have moved from the dental equivalent of the peg leg to something that works as well and looks just like the teeth you have lost. We call the latest generation of replacement teeth dental implants.
In Windsor, dental implants from us at The Old Windsor Dental Practice are proving to be nearly everyone’s first choice for replacement teeth. This is because they do such a good job of mimicking the teeth that have been lost; whether it’s just one tooth, several teeth or even all of your teeth that have to be replaced.
The reason for the effectiveness of dental implants is that they are the first time we have been able to replace the root of the tooth as well as the crown. It all started back in the 1950s, when a Swedish scientist stumbled on a material that could be put into the body and not be rejected as a foreign object. That material is titanium, which also happens to be lightweight, strong and non-corrosive. It is the ideal implant material and the body treats it like an old friend, growing new tissue all over the dental implants in Windsor once they have been inserted into your jawbone.
Windsor dental implants have several life benefits. They include:
Dental implants fuse with your jawbone and this gives such a firm anchor for the replacement crowns that go on top that you can eat whatever you like without having to worry about breakage or wobbling.
Jawbones deteriorate wherever they lose a tooth root, but dental implants stop this by acting in the same as natural roots and transmitting the vibrations that come from teeth impacting against each other. These vibrations tell the bone to keep renewing its cells, so it remains strong and dense.
A regular hygiene routine to diligently remove plaque is all you need to do.
To find out more, contact us and we can have an exploratory chat.
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.
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.
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.
Things have moved on a lot since your granny lost her teeth and had to replace them with dentures that everyone knew weren’t real teeth. Remember them? The gums were too pink, the teeth were too white and perfect for an old lady, and they clicked and whistled when she spoke.
If you’ve been dreading having to have dentures yourself, then dread no longer, because you don’t have to. You can have dental implants in Windsor instead, from us at The Old Windsor Dental Practice.
If you’ve never heard of dental implants in Windsor, then count that as a good omen. Whereas everyone knows about dentures because they have become comedy gold, dental implants are subtle and discreet and so like real teeth that they have no comedy value whatsoever.
In fact, all around you, people are going about their daily business with dental implant-retained teeth filling in for the ones they’ve lost and no one else is any the wiser, which is what you want from false teeth really.
Here’s how dental implants in Windsor work
Dental implants are little titanium posts or screws that are inserted into specially made channels in your jawbone. Once they are in, you can’t chew on them straightaway. You have to give them 2-6 months to fuse with your jawbone.
In that time, your jawbone will grow new bone tissue all over the surface of the implants, eventually holding them in place as firmly as natural teeth in their sockets. Once this process is complete, you will be able to eat anything you fancy, with no fear of your teeth wobbling or, heaven forbid, falling out.
One dental implant can hold up to 3 crowns on a bridge, so you don’t have to replace every tooth root. In fact, there are ways to replace entire arches of teeth on just a few carefully positioned dental implants. One technique is called All-on-4.
Taking care of your dental implants in Windsor is as easy as your normal diligent dental care routine: brushing, flossing, mouthwashes and regular trips to the hygienist to get plaque removed. You can expect your dental implants to last for at least 15 years, possibly decades.
Why might you need to have dental implants in Windsor? There are several reasons. It could be that you lost a tooth or two while playing sport: perhaps a face plant out on the BMX track, an elbow in the face during a rugby scrum or a well-timed punch in the boxing ring. You may have been unlucky enough to fall on a slippery pavement and crack off a tooth, or to have a genetic pre-disposition to thin tooth enamel. Perhaps you have diabetes or a heart condition. Or, maybe it’s just from the process of eating, drinking and ageing.
Whatever the reason, dental implants in Windsor are a highly functional way to replace lost teeth. While we may associate tooth loss with old age, as you can see from the list above, it can happen at any point in life, and any adult patient can be considered for treatment with dental implants in Windsor.
Why dental implants in Windsor?
So why opt for dental implants in Windsor over other forms of tooth replacement? Every treatment has its function and for some cases, replacing with a simple crown, bridge or denture is the way to go. However, it’s always worth considering implants because of the advantages they have over other methods.
Implants are the only way to replace the lost root of the tooth, as well as the crown. Most of us are concerned to replace the visible part of the tooth so we no longer have a gappy smile. But replacing the hidden part has benefits too. It means that full biting and chewing power is restored; something you don’t get from replacing the crown alone. So, no need to go onto a restrictive diet.
Implants also help to restore the jawbone. The bone loses density when the root goes, and the face begins to sag. Implants encourage new bone growth and help to maintain the structure of the face. No one wants their jawbone to start dissolving, especially if you’ve lost teeth while young.
Find out more
Call into Old Windsor Dental Practice today and talk to our implant dentist. Find out if dental implants in Windsor are the right solution for you.
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.