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Is there anything you can do to improve your smile?

If the answer is no, then that is fantastic and we look forward to seeing you at Old Windsor Dental for your regular check-ups. Remember that your dentist can often detect issues before they happen saving you needing something like dental implants in Berkshire in the future. This means that keeping up with your regular appointments is important even if you look and feel fabulous.

However, if you were immediately able to come up with an answer then it may be that you need a consultation with one of our friendly and welcoming team as soon as possible. It does not commit you to anything and allows you to explore your options with a skilled practitioner.

dental-implants-in-BerkshireWhat are some of the options I might get offered?

When you visit Old Windsor Dental, Berkshire, dental implants are one of a wide range of services you could be offered. We believe that having a strong range means that we can treat the broadest spectrum of needs.

A good starting point is knowing what you need but your dentist can help you figure this out if you are not sure at our clinic in Berkshire. Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth so it may seem obvious if this is your issue. However, there may still be a number of different treatment paths you can go down.

For example, if your jawbone is in good health and can support your implants well then you may need fewer implants than you have missing teeth. This is because one dental implants site can support an array of teeth mounted on a bridge or denture.

If you do not have the required jawbone density in one place, your dentist may be able to site it in another. If there are no options then the next step would be to consider a bone graft from somewhere close by like your chin or, for larger restorations, from you hip bone. You can even consider external sources of bone if you prefer.

You can see already the number of options that just one part of a single procedure can present you with. When faced with this many options, we are here to help you narrow them down to the ones that are best for you in terms of treatment length, suitability for your issue and even your budget.

Services that will restore and enhancements to your smile

At Old Windsor Dental, Berkshire, we offer clients a wide range of services to make their smile beautiful. Sometimes this involves restoration work such as putting back lost teeth. Other times, it might be an enhancement that you have always been meaning to make such as straightening. You may even choose to have a combination of treatments. Let’s look at two of the solutions we offer in more detail.

dental-implants-in-BerkshireDental implants in Berkshire

Missing teeth can affect people in a number of different ways. Having some or even all of your teeth missing or on the verge of removal can mean that you have limited functionality and are unable to eat as you choose or smile with confidence. It can also have a negative impact on your standard of dental hygiene because tooth sockets are more easily infected than when the tooth is present.

Fortunately, dental implants in Berkshire can fix these issues and more. They are small screws that ae inserted into the jawbone. They are allowed to settle while the area heals around them. Once this healing process is completed then the dental implants are used as an anchor site for the fitting of crowns, bridges, full dentures or a partial denture.

If you are concerned about missing or loose teeth, dental implants in Berkshire could be what you need to set your mind at rest.

Invisalign in Berkshire

We offer several teeth straightening solutions at our clinic in Berkshire. Invisalign is an option that is popular with clients of all ages from teenagers to adults.

Invisalign are a set of clear aligners that gradually move the front teeth. The beauty of them is that as they are clear, they are almost invisible. This makes them very popular with our adult patients as they have very little effect on your social and professional interactions. Treatment time is also quicker than traditional metal braces and you will see an effect in around nine months.

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To discuss these and any of our other treatments options, drop in, give us a call or email to talk things through with one of our experienced and friendly team.

Invisalign in Berkshire: all you need to know

We all want perfect looking teeth, but for various reasons you may not feel comfortable with your smile. Crooked teeth can impact on your psychology, creating damaging and long-lasting effects. However, not many adults seek treatment for misaligned teeth, since as it turns out they are afraid or feel self-conscious about having metal braces.

Even though traditional braces can guarantee a beautiful smile, they can also offer irritation, pain, discomfort, limitations on your diet, high maintenance as well as an aesthetically unpleasant look. If you seek teeth straightening in Berkshire, Invisalign is the best alternative to traditional braces.

teeth-straightening-in-BerkshireInvisalign is discreet and comfortable

Unlike metal braces, Invisalign consists of clear plastic removable trays that gradually straighten the teeth without putting as much pressure on your mouth or being as noticeable. At the Old Windsor Dental practice in Berkshire, Invisalign aligners are shaped individually to fit your teeth perfectly and offer maximum comfort.

An increasing number of patients opt for Invisalign in Berkshire since traditional braces can be painful or difficult to maintain. Invisalign treatment does not include metal brackets or wires and does not require regular tightening as traditional braces do. However, bear in mind that although Invisalign can effectively correct a range of dental issues, it may not be the appropriate treatment for complex cases of misaligned or crooked teeth. Our dental team at Old Windsor Dental practice has experience working with Invisalign in Berkshire and will evaluate your specific case in order to determine the best treatment available.

Invisalign is safe for teenagers

Invisalign cannot be used as a treatment for children since it requires a set of fully grown teeth to ensure maximum effectiveness. However, it is safe and appropriate for teens who are self-conscious about metal braces. At Old Windsor Dental practice in Berkshire, Invisalign trays can be customised for teens who wish to improve their smile without the hassle of metal braces.

Living with Invisalign

While you may find that with other teeth straightening treatments, simple everyday activities can become troublesome; Invisalign aligners are easily removable for you to eat, brush and floss your teeth normally.

Achieve the perfect smile with Invisalign

Are you having self-esteem issues because you feel self-conscious about your teeth? Many people are concerned about the appearance of their smile and are worried that other people will notice their crooked teeth. If you wish to improve your smile but are not interested in getting metal braces, talk to us about Invisalign in Berkshire. At the Old Windsor Dental Practice, we believe it is never too late to improve your smile.

invisalign-in-BerkshireHow Invisalign works

Invisalign aligners offer a whole new way to straightening your teeth in the most discreet way possible. This is particularly true for those adults who missed out on teeth straightening when they were younger and wish to fix their smile without having to walk around with traditional metal braces. In Berkshire, Invisalign aligners are made of smooth, clear medical grade plastic that you wear over your teeth to gently adjust their position in your mouth. Invisalign aligner trays are produced in highly controlled, high-tech medical manufacturing facilities that employlaser technology to shape and carve out each custom tray with special care.

When your trays are ready, you will be given a series of aligners and instructions for their use and care. Typically, the aligners should be changed every two to three weeks followed by a visit to your dentist. At the Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire, Invisalign treatment is supported by 3D animated computer technology that will follow your treatment at every stage.Each course of Invisalign treatment is personalised in order to reflect your individual needs and fit your teeth perfectly.

If you choose Invisalign in Berkshire, you will soon discover the minimal impact it will have on your everyday activities. The aligners can be removed easily, therefore you can eat, brush and floss your teeth as you normally would. If you are active in contact sports, Invisalign allows you to enjoy your time without having to worry about injuries. Finally, your bedtime routine can continue normally with the special addition of cleaning your aligners with the Invisalign cleaning kit or lukewarm water.

For further questions on Invisalign in Berkshire, contact the Old Windsor Dental Practice today.

A long term solution to missing teeth

Whether it is for one tooth or many teeth, everyone can feel the benefit of dental implants. At our clinic The Old Windsor Dental Practice, Berkshire, dental implants are one of the long term solutions we offer to the problem of missing teeth.

dental-implant-BerkshireDental implants are simply small screws that are put into the jaw bone to act as sites for prosthetic dentistry. You can have one fitted to fill a gap to restore your smile and increase your self-assurance. Alternatively, you can get many fitted as an alternative to removable dentures, bridges or crowns.

We work with you to achieve a natural look so that you can flash that smile with confidence!

Dental implants – the information you need

From the beginning, your dentist will make a plan to take you from start to finish based on what you need to reach the goal you desire. They will give you all the details you need and the merits and challenges of any procedure so that you can make an informed decision before proceeding.

After the procedure, you will come for regular check ups as part of our supportive aftercare. This will be alongside the care you will be giving your implants at home. All the normal dental care with a significant level of diligence will ensure that you get the most out of your dental implants.

It’s not just the inside of your mouth that can benefit. If you are worried about a change to your facial structure due to a loss of teeth or jaw bone, dental implants can help by waking the jaw up again! It can invigorate bone growth and blood vessels around the implant. This process helps to integrate them.

The Old Windsor Dental Practice, Berkshire – dental implants with us

We want the best for you oral care and to give you just the right treatment for you. We are fully insured and accredited and trusted by many of the top dental brands to carry their products.

At The Old Windsor Dental Practice, Berkshire, dental implants are just one of our range of offerings to solve dental issues simply, safely and quickly. Start with the first step and make an appointment with us today.

Freedom to eat, chew, bite and smile

At The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we believe it is hard to overestimate the impact that good dentistry can have on your quality of life especially if you have been living with missing teeth or removable dental replacements for some time. We know how to offer you a great solution for your needs at our clinic in Berkshire. Dental implants are a brilliant route to returning you to something close to your former ability to eat, chew, bite and smile with confidence.

dental-implants-BerkshireTell me more about how dental implants work

It’s a relatively simple treatment and begins with having a chat with your dentist who will check the current structure of your mouth and jaw bone to assess your suitability and give advice on the length of time the treatment will take and the extent of the required work.

Even if there has already been some deterioration to the jaw bone, you can still be considered as a candidate for dental implants. Once fitted, they can actually help to stimulate bone growth around the implant and open up tiny blood vessels to service the area. This can help to prevent the start of or continued damage to the jaw and thereby arrest the development of a sunken appearance to the face.

The actual dental implants themselves are like posts fitted into the jaw which then become the site of attachment for items such as crowns or bridges.

Dental implants are designed for long term use and so you will need to care for them just like you would for your normal teeth. Good dental hygiene is essential for health, freshness and comfort. Your dentist can give you guidance both in person and to take away with you and can advise on what to use although no special equipment is required to take care of your dental implants.

The Old Windsor Dental Practice

We’re experienced and patient centred which makes us an excellent choice for dental implants. Berkshire is well served by our practice and we hope to see you there.

When it comes to getting your dental implants in Berkshire, we believe that at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we can both meet your expectations and exceed them.

General dentistry: when to call the emergency dentist

Dental emergencies can happen to anybody, at any time of the day or night. They can be both painful and frightening, and the most important thing to do is get in touch with an emergency dentist as soon as possible after the emergency occurs. Prompt intervention is key to successful treatment.

emergency-dental-careAttending regular general dentistry appointments for check-ups can help minimise your risk of experiencing an emergency situation, but at Old Windsor Dental Practice we know that even those of us with excellent dental health can experience unfortunate accidents. Therefore, we offer same day emergency dentist appointments to all patients.

The first priority at any emergency dental appointment will be to get you out of pain. Depending on the nature and severity of your emergency, it may be necessary to attend further follow-up appointments to fully complete your treatment. However, we always endeavour to get you out of pain at the first visit.

Below are some common dental emergencies, along with what your Old Windsor emergency dentist may do.

Unbearable toothache

Pain is our body’s way of telling us something isn’t right, and dental pain can be severe. It is often an indicator of infection or advanced decay.

Toothache should never be ignored – if it is bearable with the help of over-the-counter painkillers, you should book the next available appointment with your dentist. If it is unbearable, it is time to call the emergency dentist.

Your dentist will establish what is causing the pain. If it is caused by decay, your dentist may be able to remove this and fill the tooth at one appointment. If infection is the reason, you may require follow-up appointments for root canal treatment to fully cure the condition.

Knocked out tooth

Sometimes you can put a knocked out tooth back in the socket yourself – clean it with saliva if necessary and carefully try to put it back, then bite down on a clean paper towel and come to see the emergency dentist.

Never try to force the tooth back in, and never try to reinsert a child’s milk tooth. If your dentist can put your tooth back they will strap it to surrounding teeth for support, whilst if they can’t you will need follow-up appointments for tooth replacement options.

General dentistry: vital for your overall health and wellbeing

Your dentist doesn’t just protect the health of your teeth and gums – they also have an important role to play in preserving your general health and wellbeing. Old Windsor Dental Practice offers a full spectrum of general dentistry for patients of all ages, helping to keep you happy and healthy for life.

general-dentistryStandard advice is to come in for a general dental check-up every six months. However, some people may need to come in more frequently – for example, if you have a condition such as gum disease that requires monitoring – whilst those in good oral health may need to come less often. The best thing to do is to listen to your dentist’s advice and follow what they say.

A general dental check-up involves a thorough check-up of the health and condition of your teeth and gums. The problem with both tooth decay and gum disease is that they often have few early warning signs for you to notice at home.

At our Old Windsor clinic we use early detection techniques, which includes the use of x-rays as required to look inside your teeth and under any existing restorations such as crowns, veneers, or fillings, to make sure that teeth that look healthy really are in excellent condition.

Both dental decay and gum disease are leading causes of tooth loss, and both are entirely preventable with prudent oral hygiene and regular visits to both the dentist and hygienist. As with most things, they are also easier to treat the earlier you catch them

Tooth loss can make it hard to eat a nutritious diet, whilst gum disease has been linked in numerous medical studies to a range of general health concerns, from heart disease to diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis to strokes. If any signs of decay or disease are spotted, your dentist will treat them promptly.

Checking for early signs of mouth cancer also play an important part of a general dental examination. This type of cancer still has a high ratio of deaths to number of cases diagnosed, and early detection is vitally important. Your dentist will refer you to a hospital specialist should anything suspicious be spotted.

Why general dentistry appointments are essential to your health and wellbeing

Regular visits to your dental practice for general dentistry check-ups should be as much a part of your healthy living routine as visits to the gym and ensuring you have a varied and nutritious diet. Dental health problems can have an impact on your general health and wellbeing, so ensuring your teeth and gums are in tip-top condition has many benefits.

Gum-diseaseAt Old Windsor Dental Practice we welcome new patients of all ages who are in need of general dental care. We have a skilled collection of professionals at our Old Windsor clinic, so whether you require a general dental check-up or more extensive care, we are able to provide it all under one roof at our modern dental practice.

We have a firm focus on preventative dentistry at Old Windsor Dental Practice, stopping problems before they start or treating them promptly if they do arise.

When you come in for a general dentistry check-up, your dentist will perform a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and surrounding structures. This will include an oral cancer check as standard; if anything suspicious is spotted you will be referred immediately to a hospital consultant for further investigation.

Your dentist is also in a prime position to spot the early signs of both gum disease and tooth decay – often before you have even experienced any symptoms that are noticeable at home.

Teeth can look healthy on the inside but have problems on the inside. X-rays will be used to check the true health of your teeth, as well as to check around and beneath any existing restorations such as crowns, fillings, and bridgework.

Gum disease has been linked in some studies to general health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and stroked. Again, your dentist is often able to spot the very early warning signs of this condition even before any of the traditional symptoms – such as blood in the sink after you brush your teeth – show themselves. Early intervention from your dentist and/or hygienist can treat gum disease before it becomes serious, restoring you to full oral health.

General dentistry explored: root canal therapy

Root canal therapy, or endodontics to give it its official name, is one of the most common procedures in general dentistry. It has something of an undeserved bad name; even the bravest of patients may feel slightly anxious when their dentist utters those three words.

root-canal-therapyHowever, thanks to modern dental techniques and materials, combined with the skill of the clinicians at Old Windsor Dental Practice, the procedure is pain-free and feels much the same as having a regular filling – although it may take longer, because of the delicate nature of the procedure. It is also worth bearing in mind that root canal therapy is essential to maximise the chances of saving an infected tooth.

The need for root canal therapy

Root canal therapy becomes necessary when the pulp or nerve at the centre of a tooth becomes infected with bacteria. This may happen because of untreated dental decay, or because of an accident or injury involving your teeth/mouth.

Once it enters the tooth, this infection may spread through the root canal system. Untreated, this can lead to a painful dental abscess, and may even result in tooth loss.

Root canal therapy is designed to prevent this from happening, and to save your tooth.

Treatment is carried out under local anaesthetic, so you won’t feel any pain. Once you are numb, your dentist will use the drill to access the root canal system of your tooth, and will use a series of special instruments to cleanse all traces of infection from the root canals. Different teeth have different numbers of roots and root canals, so the length of your procedure will depend upon the nature of the tooth affected.

Once the root canals have been thoroughly cleansed, your dentist will temporarily fill your tooth and let it settle. You will be asked to schedule a second appointment approximately a week later, at which your dentist will check that all traces of infection have gone before permanently filling your tooth.

In most cases a crown will be fitted to your tooth after root canal therapy, both to provide reinforcement and to ensure your tooth has both natural appearance and function.