Dental implant technology

Here at Old Windsor Dental Practice, we like to try to keep on top of the most recent dental developments in technology. This means we can provide some of the most reliable treatments for tooth replacement for our patients.

In Windsor, dental implants have been being offered for a number of years. Our team is extremely experienced when it comes to providing the kind of professional, gentle care you need when considering dental implants in Windsor.

Dental Implants in WindsorIf you have lost a single tooth or all of your natural teeth, we can help you find the perfect replacement option for you. With tooth replacement, time is of the essence, so making a decision is important.

Why is it important to consider tooth replacement?

Our teeth rely on all of them being present in our mouths to stay stable and healthy. When one tooth is lost, the surrounding teeth are put at risk. This is mostly down to the natural shifting of our teeth when a tooth is lost.

Our jawbones need stimulation to stay the right shape to support our teeth. This stimulation is usually provided by the roots of our teeth. When a tooth is lost and this stimulation stops, the jawbone can begin to shrink and change shape.

Our gums are faced with the same problem and will begin to recede when a tooth is lost. In Windsor, dental implants are often said to the closest thing to growing a whole new natural tooth.

Dental implant procedure

Dental implants are very stable due to their permanent nature. The implant itself serves as a false tooth root, integrated with the natural jawbone. To fit the implant a small hole must be created in the patient’s jawbone.

The aim is for the implant to have as much contact with the jawbone as possible, allowing the jawbone to heal as quickly as possible.

When the jawbone and implant have integrated, a crown, bridge or existing dentures can be attached, giving you back your usual lifestyle. Implants can last you a lifetime if they are looked after properly so they are an investment that will last.

Replace your missing teeth permanently with dental implants in Berkshire

Although there are many options available when it comes to tooth replacement, one of the most successful forms is dental implants. Not only are they permanent, but they can last a lifetime if you take good care of them. Unlike conventional dentures and bridges, dental implants are attached to the jawbone, creating a strong and sturdy foundation for replacement teeth.

At Old Windsor Dental Practice, dental implants are our treatment of choice for replacing one, several or all of your missing teeth. Missing teeth can have a big impact on your oral health, your smile and your oral function. When you have a missing tooth, the surrounding teeth shift into that space. This can drastically change your appearance as well as your bite. When teeth shift, the rest of your teeth deteriorate abnormally fast and ultimately lead to further tooth loss. Dental implants permanently replace your missing teeth, while preserving your jawbone.

Dental Implants in BerkshireWhat are dental implants?

Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone. Generally, dental implants are composed of three parts. Your dentist will attach the implant to the jawbone and through a process known as ‘osseointegration’, the jawbone will naturally fuse with the titanium post. This process is possible because titanium is compatible with human bone tissue. The second piece of the dental implant is an abutment, which is attached directly on top of the titanium implant, at the gum line. This provides a surface on which the third piece, the crown, can be placed. In some cases, more than one replacement teeth can be placed on top of the dental implants such as dentures and bridges. Replacement teeth are custom-designed to beautifully complement your remaining teeth.

Benefits of dental implants

Dental implants have a number of considerable benefits. Except for their obvious aesthetic advantages, dental implants more stable, more comfortable and long-lasting than other restorations. Dental implants are also very durable. With proper care and good oral hygiene, dental implants will last for many years or even a lifetime. This is because many years of research have gone into their functionality, comfort and stability. Lastly, and perhaps more importantly, dental implants stimulate the jawbone and encourage the creation of healthy bone tissue.

Mouth cancer screening in Berkshire – what to expect

Early detection of oral cancer is essential in preventing possibly severe health issues from developing.  To further our goal of protecting your health, at Old Windsor Dental Practice, we urge our patients to visit our dental practice regularly for mouth cancer screenings.

An oral cancer screening is a visual and physical examination of your mouth, throat and connected tissues. It can reassure you that there are no apparent problems, or lead to early treatment if there are. Our dentists may suggest screening based on your lifestyle choices (especially if you are a smoker), or you may request it simply as a preventive measure.

Mouth Cancer Screening in BerkshireWho is at risk of oral cancer?

Oral cancer is not a common occurrence; however, some people are more likely to develop this form of cancer than others. Smoking cigarettes or chewing tobacco can bring about oral cancer. The same applies to heavy alcohol drinking. If you drink excessively and you smoke as well, the danger is much higher. Statistically, males over 45 are more likely to develop oral cancer than women of the same age. Moreover, HPV may contribute towards the development of oral cancer and so does an excess of sun exposure. Other risk factors include being exposed to radiation, and having another type of head or neck cancer.

Diagnosis and treatment

In order to determine whether you have oral cancer, your dentist will use a number of methods including your medical history, a thorough physical examination of your head, mouth and throat, a biopsy if needed, where a small sample of suspect tissue will be removed for examination in a laboratory and x-rays. In some cases, your dentist may recommend a CT scan or an ultrasound as well as magnetic scans for best results. Common symptoms of oral cancer include visible masses and lumps in the mouth that may or may not be painful as well as ulcers, blood blisters and swollen lymph glands. If detected at an early stage, oral cancer can be easily treated. For this reason, it is important to have a mouth cancer screening examination at least once a year or more frequently depending on your circumstances and risk potential.

Braces in Windsor – explore your options

In recent years, dental technology has rapidly evolved and patients have never had so many teeth straightening options as they do now. If you are concerned about the appearance of your teeth, at Old Windsor Dental Practice, we can diagnose, treat and prevent oral irregularities with the use of braces in Windsor.

Why should I consider braces?

Braces in WindsorBraces are often used to correct conditions such as overbites. This happens when the upper and lower teeth do not meet each other the way they should because the upper ones stick out too far. Consequently, they hang over the lower ones when you bite or chew. This makes eating very difficult, but it can also affect your appearance. Even if your upper teeth are straight in relation to each other, they may still stick out too far. Braces can help by pulling them into their proper position.

Another common dental problem is an underbite. This happens when the upper teeth rest behind the lower ones when your mouth is closed. This may be because the upper teeth do not stick out far enough or the lower ones stick out too far. Braces can improve this condition by doing all the necessary adjustments to your teeth to achieve the proper bite.

Braces can also help if your teeth are crooked and do not line up with the teeth next to them. Rather than appearing parallel with each other, they may be twisted and point in different directions. In a similar manner, adult teeth can come in twisted at times. Again, braces can help straighten the teeth and get them to line up with each other.

Choosing the right braces

If you often find it hard to smile because of the appearance of your teeth, you would benefit from seeing our dentist, who will help you explore your options.

At Old Windsor Dental Practice, we offer removable fixed traditional braces in Windsor, although there are also tooth-coloured alternatives available for patients who do not wish to wear metal brackets and wires. Furthermore, we offer Invisalign, an innovative teeth straightening method that employs a series of transparent, removable, plastic aligners to help move your teeth into their correct position.

Restore your smile

Imagine having the smile you had when you were in your 20s restored. Imagine your gums and teeth looking so life-like that that it’s difficult to know that they are not your natural teeth. Imagine that the dentures support you lips and jaw so well that they can make you look 10 years younger. This is possible with the help of dental implants in Windsor.

Dental implants use proven technology to help keep your dentures in your mouth – giving more security and retention power with less movement. Less movement means fewer denture sores and more choice of food on the menu. The steak you have been craving can finally be enjoyed without fear of your dentures slipping or falling out.

Dental Implants in WindsorThe procedure

People sometimes worry about the procedure required to have their dental implants in Windsor inserted. This is a gentle surgery performed under local anaesthetic. If you prefer not to remember it then we can offer various sedations to make the procedure as simple and easy as possible for you.

Here at Old Windsor Dental Practice we enjoy getting to know our patients. We do not treat teeth, we treat people. We understand that people have many concerns before embarking on their dental implants in Windsor. We will comprehensively discuss the investment of what you are trying to achieve and look at how that can fit within your budget. You will then be provided by a breakdown and duration of fees before you commit to any procedure with us.

We will discuss with you our other patients’ experiences that have had the treatment and how they have benefited from the final result. Every aspect of your treatment will be discussed with you so you know what to expect at each stage to ensure you have a full peace of mind before choosing your dental implants in Windsor.

The result

The end result will be stable, secure teeth minus the mess and fuss of denture cream for many years to come. With denture stabilisation using dental implants in Windsor, you will be able to enjoy a happier and healthier smile.

Which braces are right for me?

It wasn’t so long ago that fixed braces in Windsor were the only way of straightening and re-aligning your teeth. But the advent of clear removable aligners such as Invisalign has given our dental patients another option and a dilemma: which braces should they go for?

It is always best to speak to one of dentists here at Old Windsor Dental Practice, so that you can make an informed decision about whether to opt for fixed braces or Invisalign. We are always happy to discuss treatment options with patients who are considering investing in Invisalign or any of our fixed braces in Windsor.

Braces in WindsorHow do clear braces and fixed braces work?

Invisalign clear braces straighten teeth without wires or brackets and use a series of aligners that are clear and removable. The aligners are applied in sequence: one set will be worn for a fortnight before being replaced by another set.

Fixed braces use wires and brackets to reposition teeth into a straighter alignment. They are typically changed less often than clear braces in Windsor.

Will a fixed brace hurt?

In some instances, your first set of braces in Windsor may feel uncomfortable, your cheeks may feel sore and ache a little, but don’t worry, this will only be temporary. If you wear your braces full time as directed by your dentist, they will become more comfortable and easier to wear over time. Your speech may also be affected, but this can be improved by reading aloud to keep your speech clear.

How do you clean braces?

It is very important to keep your brace clean – this can be done simply with a toothbrush and toothpaste, but do not use hot water when cleaning your brace as this can damage it over time.

What happens if my brace breaks?

Sometimes it is possible for a small part of the brace to break or become loose. If you are still able to wear the brace, do so. If you then call us as soon as possible we will arrange an appointment in which it can be fixed quickly and easily.

Life beyond teeth

At some point in our lives, most of us will lose at least one tooth. Some of us may lose all of them, in an accident, or to decay, grinding, or gum disease. When we do, we have to work out how best to replace them.

What most of us want is artificial teeth that can do the job of natural teeth, not just some of the job. Up until recently, people could choose between dentures, or bridges to replace lost teeth. Dentures come out, bridges stay put. But neither did a comprehensively good job of replacing the teeth that were lost.

Dental Implants in BerkshireThankfully, at The Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire we offer another solution, which provides teeth that chew as well as natural teeth, stay put in the jaw, and keep the jawbone strong and healthy. This solution is dental implants, and they are fast becoming people’s first choice for replacing lost teeth.

Dental implants: the basics

Dental implants are titanium screws that are carefully inserted into the jawbone. A single implant can support up to three porcelain crowns.

Implants can also be used, with innovative techniques, to stabilise wobbly dentures, and also to replace all the teeth on a jaw.

They are not cheap, but the benefits they offer are worth the extra investment, and the good news is that they hardly ever fail. So, once you have had an implant, you can expect it to last for the rest of your life, which, for some people, can be several decades. Bridges and dentures need replacing every 5–10 years, and so, over time, investment in these solutions can really mount up.

If you want to have dental implants, the first step is to come for an examination so that we can determine how strong and healthy your jawbone is. If you’ve been missing teeth for a while, or are a smoker, it may well have deteriorated. There are ways round this, such as bone grafts, and a special technique called a sinus lift.

We also use mini dental implants to stabilise dentures, which are a great halfway house between dentures and full-on implants.

Come on in and find out how we can use implants to improve your life with missing teeth.

Cosmetic? Not really

If you are looking for orthodontics on our website, you will find them under the tab for cosmetic dentistry. Somehow, braces have come to be seen as a cosmetic solution, but they are so much more than that.

Yes, orthodontics does give people beautiful straight teeth that create a lovely smile, but straight teeth are also healthier teeth, which is why orthodontics is available to some children on the NHS.

Orthodontics in BerkshireHowever, NHS orthodontic treatment is pretty underfunded, and so treatment is only given to kids with issues with their jaws not meeting properly, rather than simple misalignments.

It is this that has led to all other forms of realignment being considered as cosmetic. One or two crooked teeth at the front of your mouth probably aren’t going to give you jaw ache, or headaches, or any of the other things that can happen with an overbite, underbite or crossbite.

Misalignments and health

Mildly misaligned teeth are more prone to decay. This is because they create more crevices and crannies that are harder to brush and floss clean, and in which plaque can build up. Build-up can lead to decay and gum disease, both of which can lose you your teeth in the long run. Well aligned teeth are stronger too, because they support each other better, and the pressure from biting and chewing is evenly distributed. When one or two teeth are taking the brunt of the pressure, they can wear out and crumble away.

Then there’s looking good. We see this as cosmetic, but having a good smile plays an important role in mental and emotional wellbeing. When we love our smile, we use it all the time. When we don’t, we suppress it. Smiling releases serotonin, the happy chemical, in our bodies, and then we feel happier and smile more, feel happier, smile more, and so on. Smiling is our most important communication tool, and helps smooth our path through life’s interactions with friends, family, colleagues, and brief encounters with strangers. Without a good smile, we can end up isolated and depressed.

As you can see, orthodontics is not an indulgence, it is a health tool at the Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire. Come and use it!

Fully-functional replacement teeth

Losing your teeth can make good oral hygiene difficult to maintain. Food particles and bacteria can gather in the gaps where teeth used to be, making tooth decay and gum disease more likely. This can have an effect on your overall confidence, leading to a reluctance to smile or laugh out loud. Plus, when teeth are not replaced, the jawbone can degenerate, leading to weakness and a change in the underlying shape of your face. At the Old Windsor Dental Practice in Windsor, dental implants are a way to avoid these problems, and restore your dental enjoyment while enhancing your overall oral health.

Dental Implants in WindsorIntegrated construction

The process of getting dental implants in Windsor involves several stages. The first one is a detailed assessment of your dental needs. Our experienced team will talk to you about your dental history, and take detailed images of your teeth, so that a treatment plan can be created with precision. Once it’s established that you’re in good enough oral health to receive the implants, you’ll come to our practice for the minor surgical procedure, in which the dentist will place small, screw-like titanium posts into your jawbone.

After a short period of healing, you’ll then return to the practice to have the replacement teeth attached to the posts.

Long-lasting strength

In a process called osseointegration, the material of the jawbone meshes tightly around the implanted posts, so that your new teeth are securely anchored in your mouth. Unlike with removable dentures, there’s no chance your teeth will drop out during dinner. And you won’t have to opt for soft, mushy foods when dining out in Windsor. Dental implants will enable you to tuck in to your favourite dishes.

The implants may make certain words and phrases easier to pronounce, improving your intelligibility and speaking confidence. And because they maintain your face’s bone structure, you won’t develop the sunken look that can characterise the face of a person who has worn removable dentures for many years.

If you look after your new teeth properly, they’ll last for the rest of your life, so you can carry on enjoying their benefits.

Discover the different types of braces in Windsor

Has your dentist recommended braces for healthier teeth or a better bite? In this case, you should know that braces are not just for kids. An increasing number of adults are choosing them in order to correct minor or major oral problems. Healthy teeth can be moved at almost any age.

At Old Windsor Dental Practice, we appreciate that not all patients are excited about metal braces. However effective conventional braces may be, they are still noticeable and difficult to maintain. For this reason, we offer different types of braces in Windsor, to fit your individual needs and lifestyle.

Braces in WindsorRemovable appliances

Removable teeth straightening appliances are a good alternative to traditional braces. They are ideal for patients who have mild to moderate crooked teeth or bite issues. Occasionally, they can be used for younger patients like teenagers or older children, who may still have a few baby teeth left. At Old Windsor Dental Practice, we offer Invisalign, an innovative teeth straightening treatment with removable aligners that help move your teeth into their correct position over a specific period of time.

Functional appliances

Functional appliances are used to correct dental problems associated with the top set of teeth biting in front of the lower set of teeth. They are ideal for children whose teeth are still developing. They can either be fixed or removable and they consist of two parts, which interlock to move the lower jaw into a more advanced position. At Old Windsor Dental Practice, we offer Twin Block, a screw mechanism that gently moves the lower jaw into the correct position.

Fixed braces

Fixed braces are the most common teeth straightening treatment and can treat a range of dental problems. Braces work by using a system of brackets and wires to gently move the teeth into their correct position. They are ideal for all types of misalignment and can even fix severely crooked teeth. Fixed braces can either have metal or tooth-coloured brackets. The second are preferred by self-conscious adults who wish to straighten their teeth discreetly.

Interested in braces in Windsor but you don’t know where to start? Contact us today and we will book an appointment for you.

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