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Using dental implants to replace missing teeth

Have you lost one or more of your natural teeth? At Old Windsor Dental Practice we see many patients who have lost a tooth or teeth for a variety of reasons, from gum disease and tooth decay to accident and injury. Whatever the reason, if you have missing teeth you are likely to have lost confidence in your smile – as well as, in many cases, the ability to enjoy a full, healthy diet because you can only eat soft foods.

dental implantsDental implants are the only permanent way to replace missing teeth. They are small screws made of titanium that replace the root portion of your tooth. A dentist places the implants directly in your jaw bone in a minor operation. Special fixtures on top of the implants then enable your dentist to attach new teeth – crowns, bridges or dentures – on top.

Because they form a direct connection with your jaw bone and because they are osteoconductive (supportive of bone growth), dental implants help to prevent the problem of bone loss that often occurs when teeth are missing. They also perform a very firm anchorage for your new teeth, which means they both look and function just like natural teeth, enabling you to enjoy all your favourite foods and to smile and laugh with confidence once more.

An increasing number of denture-wearers are also opting to stabilise their dentures using dental implants. Over time, many people find their dentures become loose and uncomfortable as their jaw bone recedes. Dental implants prevent this, and the good news is that you won’t need as many implants as teeth.

Precision planning enables your dentist to place the minimal number of implants (commonly between four and six, depending on which jaw they are in) which can support a full set of dentures and withstand the forces generated by biting and chewing.

Why you must see a dentist for teeth whitening treatment

Teeth whitening treatment is increasingly popular. At Old Windsor Dental Practice we use the popular and reliable Zoom teeth whitening system, and are offering a discount of £100 off the standard price of Zoom treatment until the 30th of April 2016.

teeth-whiteningWe offer two teeth whitening options: home whitening, or power whitening here in the practice. Whichever option you choose, the results will be teeth that are several shades whiter, with everyday staining removed.

Treatment involves the use of special dental bleaching gel, which combats stains caused by such things as red wine, cola, tea and coffee, as well as by smoking and by taking certain medicines and medicated mouthwashes.

If you have been searching online for teeth whitening treatment, you may have seen offers from beauty salons and other online retailers promising to whiten your teeth. However, these should be avoided; whilst they may initially appear cheap, many come with hidden costs.

By law, teeth whitening treatment should only be carried out by a dentist, or a hygienist on a dentist’s prescription. Partly this is because whitening should only be carried out on healthy teeth, as cavities or enamel erosion can increase your chances of developing sensitivity during treatment. Dentists can spot and treat these problems before starting whitening treatment.

In addition, the products used in dental surgeries are subject to rigorous testing and have been proven to be both safe and effective. Treatment delivered by unqualified practitioners in beauty salons or bought from the internet or high street are unlikely to have been tested to such high standards. In the best case, they won’t have any effect and you will have wasted your money. However, in the worst case scenario these products can actually damage your teeth and gums, leading to pain, discomfort and sometimes the need for expensive restorative treatment.

At Old Windsor Dental Practice we use the Zoom system, which is safe, predictable and effective. Whether you opt for power whitening here in the practice or home whitening using custom-made mouth trays, we look forward to welcoming you soon.

How to get straighter teeth without the world knowing

Straighter teeth are one of the most common requests in cosmetic dentistry. At Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire, we understand that while many adult patients would like to straighten their teeth, they would like to do so without the whole world knowing they are having treatment – in other words, they would like to avoid traditional metal braces.

orthodoticsOrthodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with the alignment of teeth, and with the bite (how the teeth/jaws meet together). For many people, the word “orthodontics” conjures up pictures of teenagers wearing obvious metal braces. Whilst braces remain the best way to straighten teeth in many cases, affording your orthodontist precise and maximum control over the movement of your teeth, there are other options available besides metal train-track braces.

The best course of treatment for you will depend upon your individual clinical needs, and your first step should be to book a consultation here at Old Windsor Dental Practice. Here are some of the discreet orthodontic options we offer. . .

Lingual braces

Lingual braces act in exactly the same way as standard braces, with one major difference: they are fitted to the back (or lingual) surfaces of your teeth. This means that while your orthodontist will still have precision control over the movement of your teeth, nobody will be able to see your braces in everyday life.

At Old Windsor we use Incognito lingual braces, which offer the very latest in invisible orthodontic treatment. Because of Incognito’s unique low-profile bracket design, these are also one of the most comfortable lingual braces available.

As with traditional braces, treatment can take up to two years, but most patients start to see a noticeable improvement in just a matter of months.

Invisalign

Invisalign comprises a series of removable clear aligners that fit comfortably over your teeth and gently guide them into a better position. We use the latest 3D computer technology to create bespoke aligners just for you, and you are able to see what results to expect before starting treatment.

You change your aligner every few weeks as your teeth move, and the exact number of aligners required will depend on your individual needs. Your dentist will advise you how many you will need and how long treatment will take at the treatment planning stage.

Patient Stories from The Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire

 

Matthew
I have been going to the Old Windsor Dental Practice for over ten years, and find it a calming and reassuring place to have dental treatment, whether it is the sympathetic and friendly dentists, specialists and hygienists, or the helpful and efficient support and administration staff who make everything run so smoothly. Nobody especially enjoys going to the dentists, but they all manage to make it feel fuss free and less of an ordeal.

 

 

 

Mrs Babs Warriner
I have been attending the Old Windsor Dental Practice for over 15 years. I have always found the Dentist very attentive and I have felt listened to and treated as an individual. (Doctor Bose is my Dentist). Lesley and The Reception Team are always very helpful, reassuring and cheerful.

 

 

 

Ali
Old Windsor Dental Practice has been my practice of choice for the last ten years because of the all-round professional care I receive from the full team. Whenever I’ve needed urgent attention the communication and speed of care has been excellent. I’ve been delighted with the results of my adult orthodontic treatment, and for my ongoing general dentistry I continue to use the practice despite being a considerable drive away and that I live next door to an established dental practice!

 

 

 

John Downing
I have been treated by the Old Windsor Dentist Practice for almost 30 years. I have seen many changes in personnel and facilities during this time but has been consistant has been the high standard of treatment.
On several occasions, over the years, I have been faced with last minute emergencies just before a trip overseas which would have been a major difficulty. Each time the staff at the Old Windsor practice have managed to squeeze me in and solve the problem.