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A safe and long-lasting way to replace lost teeth

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.

Dental Implants in WindsorIn 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:

Full functionality

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.

Jawbone health

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.

Easy maintenance

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.

You’re never too old for straighter teeth

Braces. They’re for teenagers, right? Us grown-ups just have to put up with the wonky teeth that our parents couldn’t afford to get straightened when we were kids. Right? Well, no, wrong, actually.

You can be forgiven for believing that getting braces in Windsor stops when you’re out of school because we mostly see kids and young teenagers wearing them.

Braces in WindsorHowever, the physiological processes that take place during straightening are possible at any age. It’s just a case of putting enough sustained pressure on your teeth to get them to move. The thing about being a kid is the process happens faster. Also, changing the shape of the jaw is only possible in people under 18 because after that the jawbone sets hard.

But teeth can be moved at any age, which means you can have braces in Windsor when you’re 7, 17, 27 or even 70.

The first step is to come into The Old Windsor Dental Practice and ask about braces in Windsor. We have a great braces dentist here called Dr Emmett Hegarty. He will be able to take a good look at your misaligned teeth and suggest the best way to get them straightened.

Braces? What braces?

Your braces in Windsor don’t necessarily have to be metal ones either. If you have mild to moderate issues, you could be treated with clear or invisible braces. We use braces from Clear Smile and Invisalign. These don’t have brackets, wires and bands but look more like mouth guards. Inside they have pressure points to press on your teeth to get them to move.

But what about those of you who have more complex alignment issues to correct and also don’t want the metal train track look? Don’t worry, we have braces from Incognito that can cope with even the most complex or severe issues. No one can see them either, because we put them on the tongue-side of your teeth so they are completely hidden away.

Retainers

Teeth need time to settle down after treatment, so you will need to wear a retainer for a while after your braces are no longer needed.

Replacement teeth that mimic nature

When you think about your teeth, you probably only think about the part that you chew with, the bit above the gum line that you can see. But below the gums are your tooth roots and they are every bit as important as your crowns if your teeth are going to function well.

Dental Implants in WindsorAsk anyone who has lost a tooth to gum disease about the importance of tooth roots and they will describe to you how disheartening it was to experience their otherwise healthy teeth gradually coming loose in their sockets, diminishing their food choices as their teeth could no longer cope with so much chewing.

If you need to replace lost teeth, don’t just think about how you need to get great looking crowns, also think about replacing the roots so that you can chew properly again.

At The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we recommend dental implants in Windsor for people who are losing their teeth. Dental implants are the only way there is to replace the root of the tooth as well as the crown.

How dental implants in Windsor work

Dental implants come in 3 parts. The actual implant replaces the root of the tooth. It is a tapered screw or post about 1cm long that we put into specially created channels in your jawbone. Once the implant is in place, the titanium from which it is made will set off a process of fusion with the bone, which will grow new tissue all over its surface. Depending on your individual healing speed, this takes 2-6 months to complete.

Once the integration process is over, we can attach your crowns. We do this by first putting in a connecting piece and then adding the crowns to that.

Dental implants are very versatile. We can put up to 3 crowns on a bridge onto one implant. They are also very long-lasting. If you take good care of your dental implants in Windsor, you can expect them to last for at least 15 years and probably even decades.

If you’d like to find out more about dental implants, the first step is to book a consultation.

Replace your missing teeth with dental implants

Life is not always tidy, and neither is tooth loss. Teeth don’t fall out all together as a team. You may get one knocked out when you are young. If it’s at the front you probably get it replaced, but if it’s at the side, you probably leave it as no one can see it. But, then your neighbouring teeth start to come out of place, tip into the gap and one day another one comes loose and falls out.

Dental Implants in BerkshireOr perhaps, night time tooth grinding finally takes its toll on your teeth and two at the side come out and now you can’t chew on that side. Or maybe, your teeth are just not that strong and they are starting to fail one after the other.

However your teeth are falling out, rest assured that there is a way to replace them that will give you back what you have lost, with no added hassle. At The Old Windsor Dental Practice in Windsor, we can restore your mouth to its former glory with dental implants.

That may sound like a big promise, but 30 years of dental implants being available has shown that people really do get the full functionality of their mouths back with this treatment.

Why dental implants are so great

The most important difference between dental implants and dentures or fixed bridges is how they are fixed into the mouth. Dental implants are replacement roots that go into the jawbone. Neither of the other 2 methods replaces the root of the tooth as well as the crown.

The dental implant is the replacement root. It is a titanium screw or post that we fit into a channel that we make in your jawbone.

Once it is in, it will take several weeks for the bone to grow new bone cells and blood vessels all over the surface of the implant. Once this process, known as osseointegration, is complete, the implant is as firmly anchored as a natural tooth is. You will be able to bite into your food just as if you had your own teeth. Nothing will be off the menu.

To find out more, please call and make an appointment for a consultation.

And now the end is near….

As your teeth face the final curtain, the question you need to ask yourself is how to replace them. The choice has never been so wide and it can be hard to decide.

However, at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, if you decide to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, you will be joining many other satisfied patients who have taken the plunge with this latest generation of tooth replacement.

Missing Teeth in BerkshireMost people opt for dental implants first because they do such a good job of mimicking the teeth they have just lost.

Dental implants are the only way to replace the root of the teeth, not just the crowns. And you need your tooth roots if you are going to maintain a strong, healthy jawbone.

The reason for tooth roots

Tooth roots play a vital role in jaw health because they transmit signals that tell the jawbone cells to keep renewing themselves. Each time the upper and lower teeth meet together, the vibrations that go down the tooth root into the surrounding bone tell it that the teeth are still in action. When one, or both teeth that meet together are lost, those vibrations cease and the jawbone interprets this as meaning that the teeth are no longer in action.

It starts to dissolve itself and very quickly loses size and density. If there are no teeth at all, the jawbone becomes very thin, the chin takes on a pointy look and the face eventually droops inwards on itself.

Having dental implants to replace those lost tooth roots helps the jawbone remain strong and full. And that in turn allows you to continue looking youthful.

You don’t have to replace every lost tooth with a dental implant. One implant can hold up to 3 teeth on a bridge. We also have ways to replace an entire arch of lost teeth with just 4-6 implants.

And, once you have completed the implant treatment, which can take a few months, you will be able to eat whatever you like again. No one will know these teeth, which are so firmly anchored into your jawbone, are not your own. In fact, you may even forget too.

Modern braces

Do braces seem like they’d be hard to maintain or that they’d be uncomfortable? Braces have changed a lot over the last two decades and offer greater comfort. If you think you might need braces in Windsor, our clinic can help. Old Windsor Dental is a modern practice with competent and experienced dentists who provide braces in Windsor to suit your teeth.

Braces in WindsorTypes of braces

Braces are a long-term solution to help with closing gaps between teeth or to straighten out crooked or overlapping teeth.

Braces come in a few different forms, which include:

  • fixed, metal braces, which are made up of brackets and wires and are much more lightweight and easier to wear than they used to be
  • removable braces, such as Invisalign, are almost invisible to others and provide a comfortable way of solving an issue with teeth
  • there are lingual braces, which are made of metal, but fit on the inside of teeth and cannot be seen at all
  • ceramic braces are also made up of brackets and wires, but are instead tooth-coloured so that they’re a lot more subtle and less visible.

Braces for children

We can also provide braces in Windsor for children. Braces can be offered between from ages 10 up to 14. It can be nerve-wracking for young patients to get braces and we take great care to fit braces they’re comfortable with.

Looking after your teeth

You may imagine cleaning your teeth can be harder with a brace, but this depends on your teeth and the brace you choose. If you prefer braces with greater flexibility, an aligner you can take out easily to clean your teeth or eat may be a better option. It’s important to floss every day, as fixed braces mean it’s harder to reach certain areas of your teeth.

Issues with your braces?

Braces can sometimes become loose or damaged, which can happen from a hard piece of food, from getting knocked during sports or from tooth movement. If your brace gets damaged or you feel pain, contact our clinic immediately.

Want to know more?

Our team can tell you everything you need to know about getting braces in Windsor if you have more questions.

How to take care of your dental implants in Windsor

Taking good care of your dental implants is important for their long-term success and longevity. Dental implants are an oral health investment and need to be properly cared for in order to last for years to come.

Dental Implants in WindsorAt The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we advise our patients to care for their dental implants in Windsor as they care for their natural teeth. Dental implants do not require special care, however, in some cases we may recommend special tools to ensure that all build-up is removed safely from in-between them. We also urge our patients to schedule frequent dental cleanings to ensure that diseases are not developed around their dental implants.

The risk of peri-implantitis

Just as gum disease affects the ligaments around your natural teeth, peri-implantitis affects the ligaments around your dental implants. The gum tissue around your dental implants is very sensitive and harmful bacteria can easily cause inflammation if you don’t take proper and thorough care of your teeth. Good oral hygiene is really important to reduce the risk of developing peri-implantitis.

Important steps to maintain your dental implants in Windsor

Visiting your dentist for check-ups and cleanings is just as important. You and your dentist will decide how often these visits should take place, but they should happen more often than twice a year. At these visits, your implants, teeth, and gums will be thoroughly checked your dentist, who will also look at the areas in your mouth you cannot reach at home. Your dentist will also use special tools to clean your dental implants thoroughly and remove plaque.

Taking care of your dental implants shouldn’t be complicated

Caring for your dental implants in Windsor is as simple as caring for your natural teeth – simply brush, floss and maintain regular appointments with your dentist. Healthy and well-cared-for dental implants in Windsor have the potential to last for many years.

Want to learn more about proper implant maintenance? If you are not certain about the location of your dental implants in your mouth, simply ask your dentist for a detailed guide. Meanwhile, pay extra attention to your oral care at home and don’t neglect your scheduled dental visits.

Embrace the benefits of braces in Windsor

Braces are usually valued for their aesthetic teeth-straightening properties, but not many people know that they actually benefit our oral health at the same time. Health benefits are not particular to regular braces – they also apply to cosmetic braces as well.

Braces in WindsorAt The Old Windsor Dental Practice, braces in Windsor help patients straighten their teeth, while protecting their oral health. For instance, we rarely link braces with tooth decay protection, but Invisalign does a great job at helping keep your teeth perfectly clean throughout your treatment.

Say goodbye to tooth decay

While it may be harder to brush and floss your teeth properly when you wear metal braces, this is not the case with Invisalign aligners. These aligners are completely removable, helping you to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would.

Teeth straightening can also prevent tooth decay. Crowded, crooked and misaligned teeth are difficult to brush and floss properly, especially in the areas which are hard to reach in the mouth. Straight teeth do not overlap nor create tight spaces, which are hard to clean. As a result, plaque and bacteria do not gather as quickly and your teeth tend to say cleaner for longer.

Braces do not encourage the growth and development of gum disease

Crowded and misaligned teeth can easily become a breeding ground for bacteria, which tend to hide in-between the teeth and gums. Even if you are brushing and flossing your teeth diligently, chances are that you cannot remove all these bacteria and plaque on your own. The problematic alignment and structural composition of crooked teeth allow these bacteria to multiply and they can gradually start affecting the gums. A straighter smile is always easier to keep clean and healthy for longer.

No more digestion problems

Having an aligned bite is also important for your digestion. Thoroughly chewing your food can be difficult with crowded and overlapping teeth. In short, if your teeth are not properly aligned, then you are probably not digesting your food properly. Braces in Windsor can align your bite, straighten your teeth and restore your oral function completely.

To learn more about the many benefits of braces in Windsor, contact us today.

Missing teeth? What about dental implants?

If you have started to lose your teeth, you may be a bit frightened and you may also want to find a way to replace them that isn’t the same way your granny had to use.

Fortunately, although you can still have dentures, and they have improved over the years with new methods of manufacture and materials, there is a more modern way. It’s called dental implants and it takes replacing missing teeth to a whole new level of effectiveness.

Missing Teeth in BerkshireDental implants: the game changer

The big thing with replacement teeth is that they need to look as good and work as well as natural teeth. Well, all replacement teeth can look good these days because the dental porcelain used to create them can be coloured, shaped and sized to look just like real teeth.

Whether they work as well is a whole other matter. Teeth depend on being rock solid for good chewing. Teeth that wobble can’t be relied on to chew well or behave in conversation.

Dental implants are the only replacement method that anchors the crown into the jaw. The implants are tiny posts or screws that we insert into artificial sockets that we carefully create in the jaw. The bone fuses with the posts, which are made of biocompatible titanium, growing new tissue all over them. It takes a few months, but once the bone and implant have fused, the replacement teeth can take on almost anything (although don’t try and open bottles with them, that would be silly).

Dental implants can hold up to 3 teeth on a bridge, and you can have an entire arch of teeth replaced with just 4-6 implants.

Who can have dental implants?

In theory, anyone over the age of 18, when the jaw stops growing, can have dental implants fitted. So, they are a great replacement method for people who have had their front teeth knocked out in accidents or during sports.

The only barrier to dental implants is a jaw that has deteriorated through lack of use. Also, if you are a smoker or have uncontrolled diabetes, your implants may not integrate, so we like you to sort out your condition before we treat you.

Don’t ignore the gaps created by missing teeth

It can be tempting to live with missing teeth, especially if they were situated at the sides or back of your mouth where the gaps can hardly be seen. But don’t do it, it’s not good for the rest of your teeth or the health of your jaw.

Missing Teeth in BerkshireInstead, book an appointment with us at The Old Windsor Dental Practice in Windsor and we can look at the various ways of replacing missing teeth and work out which one is going to be best for you, your lifestyle and your budget.

There are 3 different ways to replace missing teeth. Full or partial dentures are one way, fixed bridgework is another and finally, you can also have dental implants.

Dentures

Dentures can be used to replace some of your teeth, or all of them. Partial dentures are fixed to a plate that goes behind your remaining teeth. Full dentures are fitted to a plate that goes over your palate at the top and around your tongue on the bottom jaw. All dentures are removed at night. You soak them in denture fluid to help clean them and you give your gums a rest overnight.

Fixed bridgework

This replacement method works by anchoring replacement teeth to those that still exist, so it can’t be used if you have lost all your teeth. The teeth next to the gap are used as buttress crowns, giving the bridges as much stability as natural teeth. The replacement teeth are made of dental porcelain and the bridge is made of metal to give it strength.

Dental implants

These are little posts or screws that are inserted into the jawbone where they fuse with the bone tissue. Dental implants can be used to replace one, some or all of your teeth. Dental implant-retained teeth do not come out at night. However, they can also be used to stabilise dentures, which continue to be taken out at night.

Which one is right for you depends on factors such as the state of your jawbone and the cost. The best way to find out which will suit you is to come in for a consultation and let us take a good look at your teeth and jaw.