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Do you want to have dental implants, but are concerned about the procedure? A step by step guide to implant fittings by Old Windsor Dental Practice
Whether you have a single gap in your smile or could do with a new set of teeth, implants could be a great way to restore your smile to its former glory and allow you to regain functionality of your teeth.
Far more than just a prosthesis, at Old Windsor Dental Practice, we help patients regain their confidence with the help of dental implants in Windsor. If you are fed up with having to rotate your diet around what your current prostheses can handle, then dental implants in Windsor may be the answer you are looking for!
But are you concerned that having implants fitted will be uncomfortable? Have you heard of an instance in the media of an implant fitting going wrong?
Not to worry! We have composed a step by step guide of how our dentists fit dental implants in Windsor for you to read through before deciding whether this is the procedure for you.
Our dentists will assess the condition of your jawbone with X-rays while also checking surrounding nerves and blood vessels.
If you do not have enough jawbone to accommodate an implant, our team may discuss bone grafting options with you.
At your first surgical appointment, our team will numb specific areas in your mouth and using a scalpel, will make an incision and peel back the gum.
A pilot hole is then carefully drilled into your jawbone, as our team will gradually make this hole wider, preventing overheating of the site with regular flushing. This is important, as damaged bone can make it negatively impact on the success of any implants.
We may use a self-threading implant to secure it in place but if not, a thread will be placed through your jaw which matches the thread of the implant.
Once your implant(s) are secured into your jawbone, we will place an ‘implant cap’ over the top to seal it and protect it from bacteria present in the mouth. This cap will also prevent excessive movement.
Your gum will then be sewn together with either dissolvable stitches or ones that require another visit to a member of our dental team to remove.
And now, we wait!
It can take up to 6 months for your new implants to fuse with your jawbone, so you will be required to come in and see us for further X-rays and other tests to determine if your implants are settling successfully. If they aren’t, our team will discuss further options with you, such as further bone grafting.
If our team decides that your implants have fused, you can then have your new teeth fitted securely to your implants.
You will leave our surgery with a new set of natural looking teeth, that, with correct dental care, can last between 20 to 40 years!
Dental implants in Berkshire are essentially a small titanium screw (typically less than one centimetre long) that is inserted into a hole within the gums. Dental implants are used when patients have lost a singular tooth, however multiple dental implants can be inserted when there is more than one tooth missing. One example of this is an All on four dental implant or a ‘bridge’. Dental implants can be used when a whole row of teeth are missing, as well as dentures (although these are not as permanent and have to be removed when eating and cleaning).
An individual may choose to undergo dental implants if they wish for a permanent fixture within the mouth, such as a porcelain crown. A porcelain crown is a natural looking imitation of the natural teeth, and can be perfectly matched to the shade of the tooth. Maintenance in terms of dental implants is simple, and can be looked after in the same way as your natural teeth.
What are the benefits of receiving dental implants?
One of the benefits of receiving dental implants is the fact that they appear completely as if they were natural teeth; the shade, shape and alignment of the implant can be altered by us, which is a huge advantage to many of our patients who aim to achieve a natural smile. Losing teeth can have unexpected health concerns; a dental implant within the mouth can help reduce damage to the bone, whilst encouraging regrowth and stimulation. A lack of missing teeth within the mouth can help reduce the signs of aging or a ‘sunken look’. Dental implants restore the natural function of the teeth, meaning patients can eat and clean their teeth as they usually would.
Why choose us to undergo your dental implants in Berkshire?
At our clinic, we aim to deliver high quality, professional, and comfortable dental and orthodontic care. We fully understand that patients may feel nervous when visiting the dentist, which is why we aim to ease their concerns within an initial consultation. Nervousness and anxiety surrounding the dentist may arise for a variety of reasons, one of which being an irrational fear or phobia, or maybe a negative childhood experience.
Does the treatment hurt, and how do I book an initial consultation?
No, it shouldn’t hurt, although a small level of discomfort may be experienced during the treatment process. However, our patients are placed under a general anesthetic and will therefore be comfortable during the process. In order to book an initial consultation, you can easily enter your details via our website, and enter a suitable time for an appointment, by following a few simple steps.
How much do dental implants cost?
The price of dental work always differs greatly depending on the severity of the dental case, as well as the patient’s financial position. Implants and crowns start from around £1250, however payment plans can be arranged to fund this. Private dental insurance, such as Bupa, can also be arranged. We also offer interest free payment plans as finance options, and therefore you can choose to pay for your treatment in monthly installments.
The ways in which we can cosmetically improve your teeth have come along in leaps and bounds over the years, thanks to ongoing improvements in the dental industry. Now we can straighten up those crooked teeth, and fill out a gap-toothed gum line, to leave you with a star quality smile.
One type of cosmetic treatment we can use to help you buff up those chompers, is through the insertion of an implant. Here’s a brief summary of what you can expect when you book an appointment for dental implants in Windsor.
What are they?
Although they sound pretty surgical, this treatment is fairly minor and not as overly invasive as it may seem. It basically involves the insertion of a prosthetic tooth into a pre chosen point in your gum line, to either fill in gaps or to replace critically damaged teeth. The new implant is normally made from Porcelain, and your dentist will take a cast of the area to ensure it blends in with the surrounding teeth, in order to give you a natural looking smile.
What does the procedure involve?
The treatment process itself is fairly minor and involves inserting a sterile Titanium screw into your jawbone. A cap is then placed on this screw and a prosthetic tooth is then fitted to it, either then or at a later date. Generally, there are two methods of implantation; the Endosteal and Subperiosteal.
The first method is as we described above, but the second involves implanting the screw below your gum-line but above the bone. This tends to be used when there is not enough healthy bone in your jaw to graft to, or reconstructive surgery of the area is not an option.
Even though it all sounds fairly complicated, in reality it’s fairly simple.
When you visit Old Windsor Dental Practice our team will take you through the implantation process step by step. We take things at your pace and will only proceed when you feel comfortable with your treatment.
Are there benefits?
There are numerous advantages to booking an appointment for dental implants in Windsor. To begin with, the prosthetic blends right in with your surrounding teeth and creates a natural, more pleasing smile. It’s also very easy to keep clean; we recommend just brushing it as you would the rest of your teeth, although try to avoid mouthwash for a while as the chemicals can irritate your gum’s ability to heal.
Complications of implantation
Like any treatment, there are things that can go wrong if you don’t look after it. With implantation, you can run the risk of Peri-implant Mucositis, which is the inflammation of the area surrounding the tooth. This can occur when bacteria builds up around the implant and can cause it to become loose, as well as degrade the surrounding bone if it’s left untreated.
Hopefully this has helped clear up a few facts about the implantation process. If you’re curious about what this type of treatment can offer you, then please ask us on your next appointment.
Have you lost your teeth due to an accident? Do you struggle to smile in pictures because you are conscious people will see? Or maybe you have lost a tooth due to the erosion of tooth enamel. Whatever the case may be, our practice Old Windsor can help restore your smile by offering you one of our treatments, dental implants in Berkshire.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are small screws usually made out of titanium which are placed in the jawbone where there should be a tooth. Considered to be a replacement tooth root, they provide a stable foundation for a replacement tooth or teeth to be fixed which are made to match the natural shape and shade of your remaining teeth.
Are dental implants suitable for me?
If you are interested in our dental implants in Berkshire, the dental professionals at our practice will assess whether this treatment is suitable for you. Our patients should have enough bone to hold the implant and healthy gums. Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine is also important alongside regular visits to the dentist to ensure that the implants last as long as possible.
How does it work?
Dental implants require more than one surgical procedure and it can be a process that takes many months from start to finish. Under a local anaesthetic, our oral surgeon will make a small incision in your gum which exposes the bone. A hole is then drilled into the bone where the dental implant will be placed. As the implant will serve as a tooth root, it will be drilled quite deep into the bone to ensure that it is sturdy and secure for the replacement tooth.
Before the permanent tooth can be fixed on to the metal screw, the jawbone will have to fuse with the surface of the implant in order to provide a solid base for the replacement tooth. As this is a process that can potentially take several months, a temporary tooth is placed in the gap for aesthetic purposes while the jawbone unites with the top of the implant. Once the gum has healed, our dentist will take an impression of your remaining teeth which will be used to make the new implant crown. Once the replacement tooth has been made, it will be placed under sterile conditions at our practice. The whole process can take between six to nine months, but this is dependent on how many teeth are being replaced and the healing period for each patient.
After the placement surgery, you may experience some discomfort such as swelling or small bruising in the gum. If this is the case, it is recommended that you take painkillers or ibuprofen to treat the pain. The discomfort should only last a day and you should expect to resume normal activities such as work on the following day.
What are the benefits of dental implants?
Dental implants are considered to be very durable and can last for many years. They can also improve your speech and allow you to eat your favourite foods without any worry about your teeth falling out. Dental implants are also made to look like your natural teeth.
So if you are ever looking to have dental implants in Berkshire, visit Old Windsor Dental Practice where we will be able to provide a service that will leave you satisfied.
Not only may you feel embarrassed about the condition of your smile when you have one or more missing teeth, especially in prominent areas, but there are many health benefits that you can enjoy when you have a completely functional and full set of teeth again.
Missing teeth can negatively affect how you bite and chew, leading you to unconsciously alter your eating habits to suit your oral health rather than your physical needs. You may find that at the site of a lost tooth you feel pain, either from eating foods that get stuck and cut your exposed and sensitive gums, or because of infection that easily occurs due to the build up of bacteria in the socket.
Bad breath can also become an issue, something you may have never associated with your missing tooth or teeth. Other teeth can suffer as they are put under additional strain. They tend to shift and move to compensate for a lost tooth, which can leave them open to injury or even to lose stability in the jaw.
Over time, the jawbone begins to resorb when it is not stimulated by a tooth root. This can prematurely age the face, giving it a sunken look as well as lessening the density of your entire jawbone, leaving other teeth susceptible to issues.
Dental implants in Windsor are the only solution that allows for this stimulation to carry on after a tooth has been lost. Dentures unfortunately do not provide the right kind of stimulation that is needed to maintain jawbone density.
So by speaking with one of us today about having dental implants in Windsor, you can regain full functionality of your smile again and keep your smile healthy.
How are they placed?
It is a minor surgical procedure where a titanium rod is screwed into the jawbone at the precise location for maximum comfort and minimal healing time. The spot is pinpointed with the use of innovative digital scanners which we are proud to have access to.
This can all be done in the dentist chair under the strictest of sterile conditions to ensure that your implant has the highest likelihood of success. In fact, this treatment globally is well known for its high success and satisfaction rates, leading it to be one of the most popular treatments available today.
It will take several weeks to heal and several more months for complete fusion of the titanium rod to the jawbone to be completed. It depends on your personal situation whether we can attach a crown or a bridge to the titanium rod immediately or we wait until initial healing is completed before doing so.
Once your implant has healed, you can treat your new tooth normally, being able to bite and chew without concern.
We will be with you during every step of the process, including the all important aftercare to ensure that everything is progressing smoothly and seamlessly. By taking appropriate care of your implant, there is no reason why it should not last for a significant amount of time.
When you have gaps in your smile, in the modern world, it is almost impossible not to feel somewhat insecure. Everyday, we are bombarded with images of celebrities with perfectly straight, gap free smiles, so gaps or misalignments can become a more prominent issue if your smile is less than perfect.
Luckily, due to the increase in demand for dental implants, more dental surgeries are offering them to their patients at even more affordable prices, turning that dream of having a beaming smile into a reality.
At the Old Windsor Dental Practice, our dental team is proud to be able to offer our patients dental implants in Windsor. After all, we want you to feel happy and confident about your smile!
What are dental implants?
With the global spotlight being shone onto dental implants, it is hard to believe that so many people are unaware of what they actually are.
The dental implants in Windsor that we offer our patients are comprised of two main parts; the implant and the prosthesis.
The implant(s) are typically small, titanium screws that are attached to the jawbone and must be deemed to be secure by your dentist before the prosthesis is fitted. This can take up to two months to confirm and includes multiple X-rays and scans, so you must have a patient disposition.
Depending on the amount of natural tooth loss you have, you may need fewer or more implants attached to your jaw for the fitting of the prosthesis.
The prosthesis that is fitted can vary from a single tooth, to partial bridge or an entire upper and lower set of dentures, to provide you with your desired, finished look.
Advantages of dental implants
The popularity of dental implants is climbing; with more patients than ever seeking them out across the UK to improve their smiles and confidence, there are other advantages of having dental implants in Windsor fitted, that stretch far beyond cosmetic appearances.
When you lose multiple natural teeth, your bite may become weaker and you will find it harder to bite into more solid foods like apples.
When dental implants are fitted, they improve the strength and precision of your bite, so you are able to bite into as many apples or pears as you desire without worry.
No rubbing or blisters
Dentures and bridges can and often do come loose, causing issues like rubbing and blisters to form on your gum line.
As prostheses are attached to the secure implants, they are unable to move and do not cause issues with friction or ulcers on your gum line.
Improved bone density
When you lose a tooth or teeth, the jawbone around the missing tooth recedes. If you have teeth around the missing tooth, can cause them to move out of line.
Implants improve your jawbone’s density and therefore secure any natural teeth that you have remaining around your missing tooth.
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.