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Looking for a family dentist? General dentistry in Berkshire

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

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

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

What is meant by general dentistry?

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

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

Root canal treatment

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

Emergency dental care

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

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

Extractions/ Oral Surgery

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

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

Jaw Pain

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

Concerned about jaw pain? Come and see us today.

Pregnancy

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

Snoring

Dentistry can stop snoring?

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

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

Frequently asked questions about general dentistry in Berkshire

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

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

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

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

What do general dentists do?

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

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

Preventative

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

Restorative

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

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

Cosmetic

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

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

Overall health concerns

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is it time for a dental check up?

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

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

What exactly is general dentistry?

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

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

What do these dentists do?

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

Pregnant women and oral health

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

Helping you to a healthy smile!

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

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

How is your oral health these days?

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

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

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

General dentistry in Berkshire

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

A veritable array of expert treatments

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

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

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

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

Helping you on the way to good oral health!

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

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

Back to basics

Dentistry seems to have a strong focus on lovely smiles created with great cosmetic dental treatments, but don’t forget that your lovely smile isn’t going to last if you have gum disease or tooth decay.

That’s why here at The Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire, we place as much emphasis on preventive and general dentistry as we do on cosmetic treatments. If preventive dentistry is the foundation of oral hygiene, then general dentistry is the backbone of dental care.

General Dentistry  in BerkshireThese are the treatments that have been around since forever. Maybe you won’t ever need them, but if you do, you can rest assured that here at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, they will be of the same excellent quality as the rest of our treatments.

But what is general dentistry? Let’s take a look at some of the treatments now:

Emergency appointments

Emergency dental care is perhaps the main thing. You will need emergency dental care if you develop an awful toothache that won’t go away, or if you have an accident that damages your teeth or knocks them out. We will try to see you on the day you call. In the case of knocked out teeth, if you bring them along, we will try to put them back. In every case, our first priority will be to get rid of any pain, then to clean up the area so we can take a look at what’s going on. If we can, we will treat you on the spot. If not, or if there is more to do, we will agree a treatment plan with you.

Root canal therapy

If you have a tooth that is infected or diseased, we may be able to save it by removing the infected or diseased pulp from the tooth. This stops the infection spreading into your jawbone or into other teeth. It also means you can continue to use that tooth, and it’s always better to save a tooth than to replace it.

General dentistry also covers dealing with snoring and jaw joint disorders, as well as special care for pregnant women, extractions and oral surgery.

Under the gloss and glamour

Having a Hollywood smile is de rigeur in 2018 Windsor. Big beautiful smiles often require a certain amount of cosmetic dentistry, but looks aren’t everything, and underneath that luxury smile there needs to be a firm foundation of solid oral health. That’s why at Old Windsor Dental Practice, we take general dentistry in Berkshire very seriously.

After all, what’s the point in having beautiful veneers if underneath them your teeth are not in tip-top condition in terms of decay? Or what’s the point in investing tons of money in teeth whitening if your gum disease is out of control?

General Dentistry in BerkshireGeneral dentistry is the umbrella term for all those treatments that keep your teeth strong and healthy or repair them if needed.

Check-ups

A check-up is the starting point for all general dentistry treatments. It’s when we take a good look at your teeth and gums and soft tissues. We are looking for signs of early decay, early gum disease and oral cancer. Most people need to come in for a check-up every six months. But some people need to come more often, such as those who have diabetes, or smoke. Also, if you are pregnant, which due to hormone changes, can make gum disease much worse.

Repairs

Should we find that you do need a filling, we can use white composite resin instead of amalgam. Not only does it look better, it requires the removal of far less healthy tooth material. If a large area needs filling, we can use inlays or onlays, or give you a crown.

Infections

If you get an infection in the soft inner pulp of your tooth, we can save it by cleaning out the infected pulp and filling the root and then sealing it. This is known as root canal treatment.

Extractions

When all hope is lost, or if you are having wisdom tooth trouble, we can remove your tooth under local anaesthetic.

Other services

We also do bite guards and treatments for jaw problems, and snoring and bad breath.

After that, you can have a Hollywood smile to rival even that of Tom Cruise.

Does that tooth need to come out?

It’s not something any dentist likes to end up doing, but sometimes we have to remove teeth. Somehow it feels like an admission of defeat on our part that we have not been able to save a tooth, and we never do it lightly here at Old Windsor Dental Practice.

General Dentistry in BerkshireHowever, there sometimes comes a point that we have filled, and crowned, and root canaled a tooth as much as we can and it still continues to fail. Sometimes there has been so much tooth material removed that the shell of the tooth can no longer withstand the powerful forces produced by chewing. Sometimes, despite our best effort, gum disease has become so far advanced that the tooth is so loose in its socket that it’s going to fall out soon anyway. Sometimes, it’s a wisdom tooth that is trying to come through at the wrong angle and is starting to affect the other teeth around it or has become infected. Whatever the reason, tooth extraction is still very much a part of our repertoire of treatments in general dentistry in Berkshire.

What to expect when you have an extraction

  • We like to know exactly what’s going on under the gum, so we may well take an x-ray to get the information;
  • We like you to be comfortable, so we will completely numb the area with a local anaesthetic. If you are very anxious (and who wouldn’t be?), we can also offer you sedation to relax you;
  • We will very carefully and gently extract your tooth.

Afterwards, you can expect there to be some swelling and tenderness that can go on for a few days. Pain and bleeding are the two main things to watch out for.

Painkillers

You can use over-the-counter painkillers. Ibuprofen is a good choice. Don’t take aspirin as this can make the wound bleed.

Bleeding

Because the mouth is a wet area, you are not going to form a scab, but you will get a clot that it’s important to keep in place. Bleeding looks a lot worse than it is because your saliva increases the amount of liquid that comes out.

General dentistry in Berkshire – an introduction

Everyone needs a smile that stands the test of time, and this is made possible by preventing problems before they even start. However, even if you have developed dental problems, an experienced dentist can help with personalised and comprehensive oral care.

At The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we are passionate about prevention and will be sure to give you reasons to smile every time you visit. Our experienced dentists will examine your teeth and clean them thoroughly. General dentistry in Berkshire includes a number of treatments such as check-ups and cleanings and root canal therapy among others.

General Dentistry in BerkshireDental examinations

We strongly recommend all patients attend at least two check-ups and cleanings with our dentists and dental hygienists every year. This is an important step and should not be missed, even if you have generally good oral health. Common dental problems such as gum disease and tooth decay can develop in such ways that patients do not realise anything is wrong until they have experienced significant damage. Our experienced dentists will identify these issues right away and provide the attention you need as soon as possible.

During your dental examination, your dentist will look into your oral health specifics with the help of digital x-rays and a visual examination. We are also happy to discuss personal goals or preferences you have for your personalised dental care, so we can provide effective recommendations. After that, our dental hygienist will thoroughly clear away plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums, leaving you with a beautiful and healthy smile.

Root canal treatment

A root canal treatment can save a tooth that otherwise would have been lost due to tooth decay or infection. Also known as an endodontic treatment, a root canal involves the removal of the infected tissue and nerve in the tooth. To ensure stability, a permanent filling is then applied. Dental crowns are also essential to protect the area from bacteria and further infection.

Prevention is better than cure

Focusing on prevention by visiting the dentist twice a year and having regular cleanings, will help you enjoy the benefits of a healthy smile. To learn more about general dentistry in Berkshire, do not hesitate to contact us today.

General dentistry treatments in Berkshire – explore your options

General dentistry is a wide branch of dentistry that deals with diagnosis, prevention and treatment of oral conditions that affect the teeth, the gums and the jaw. At Old Windsor in Berkshire, we offer a variety of dental treatments for the entire family, from root canal treatments to wisdom tooth extractions.

Our dentistry is primarily preventive and we encourage our patients to visit the practice for frequent dental check-ups and cleanings. Patients who suffer from advanced gum disease or decay are our priority and we aim to provide the best care possible in order to eliminate the problem and keep the rest of their teeth healthy for longer.

General Dentistry in BerkshireRoot canal treatment

Root canal treatment is an invasive procedure that occurs when the interior of the tooth is infected beyond repair. In this case, your dentist will strive to save the tooth by removing the infected material, cleaning the interior and sealing it with a dental filling. Root canal treatment is performed under local anaesthetic and is relatively painless.

Wisdom teeth extractions

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the last teeth to appear (though some people simply don’t have them). This can happen anywhere between the ages of 16 to 20. Most of the times, our mouths are not large enough to accommodate them and this can lead to crowding, infection and cavities, since they are hard to reach with a regular toothbrush.

For all these reasons, dentists recommend extracting them before they cause any serious problems. If you are in pain or feel discomfort in that part of your mouth, our dentists will look for swollen gums or signs of infection such as sensitivity and redness. A safe diagnosis can only be confirmed only with dental x-rays, which will also help determine the extent of the damage on the rest of the teeth and the gums. Wisdom teeth extraction is a safe and sterile procedure with very low infection risk. Our experienced dentists will keep you at ease throughout every step of the treatment.

If you have any questions about our general dentistry services, you can contact our friendly dental team and book an appointment.

General dentistry in Berkshire

General dentistry involves the diagnosing, preventing and treating of common dental conditions of the teeth and gums. Most dental practices these days practice preventive dentistry, aiming to stop condition like tooth decay and gum disease before they develop into serious oral threats. At Old Windsor in Berkshire, we believe that prevention is cure, therefore, we advise our patients to visit the practice at least twice a year.

Regular check-ups and cleanings will keep your teeth healthy and keep serious problems at bay. Our practice offers a number of general dentistry treatments from root canal therapy to emergency dental care. We also cater for pregnant women at every stage of their pregnancy.

General Dentistry in BerkshireRoot canal treatment

Root canal treatment is a dental procedure that is carried out when the living tissue in the tooth is infected and cannot be saved. Root canal treatment helps clean the infected part of the tooth and fill it with special materials that will seal it and keep away plaque and bacteria. It is not a preventive treatment, but it can help save your tooth and keep infection at bay.

Emergency dental care

Even if we take good care of our teeth, sometimes accidents happen and they are usually accompanied by a lot of pain and discomfort. Visiting the dentist as soon as possible after an accident involving your teeth is really important for your oral health. For instance, if you have knocked out a tooth, the sooner you visit the dentist, the better chances you have of saving it. At our practice we offer appointments for all dental emergencies from toothache to tooth and jaw trauma. Our experienced dentists will take care of your injuries and help you avoid additional dental complications in the future.

Oral care for pregnant women

At our practice, we also offer specialised dental care for pregnant women. Pregnancy can be really exciting and stressful at the same time, but we are here to take the stress away. If you are pregnant it is really important to visit the dentist for regular cleanings and check-ups. Your dentist will ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy and you are not in danger of developing a special kind of gum disease that is caused by pregnancy hormones.