At our dental practice, we have a patient-centred philosophy. By ensuring that the individual is at the heart of all our practices, we can create a welcoming, relaxed environment and make dental treatment easier. One of the ways in which we do this is to ensure you have plenty of options for working on any dental issue that you have. We give you plenty of information on your choices and help you to make the one that is right for you.
Having missing teeth or the threat of losing your teeth can be quite distressing. Your smile and its functions are a central part of life as well as your look. Fortunately, there are many excellent dental procedures that you can explore to either prevent loss or replace missing teeth in Berkshire at our clinic.
Why have teeth replaced?
We associate a full, bright smile with health and youth. If you have gaps or unhealthy teeth, this can affect your confidence. Any self-consciousness can have a knock-on effect, professionally and personally. Getting your teeth replaced can give you a new lease of life. The replacements are often stronger, easier to use and more aesthetically pleasing than the teeth they have replaced.
Another reason to replace teeth is for your general dental hygiene. Unhealthy teeth can affect those around them. Tooth sockets are also more prone to infection. A full set of teeth is easier to take care of.
Basic functions like eating and speaking rely on the teeth. In order to enjoy a full range of foods, it is best to have the fullest set you can manage. Speaking well and confidently relies on you feeling like you are clear and can be heard. If missing teeth are affecting either of these things, replacing them can restore some or all of your functionality.
What are your options?
There are a number of options depending on the current condition of your teeth, your budget and your priorities. Your dentist will assist you in weighing these things against what is possible and creating the best overall outcome.
Your options might include a crown or bridge if you have only one or a few damaged teeth. If you need complete restoration for some or all of your teeth then dentures or dental implants are solutions you could consider.
If you have missing teeth or you think you might want to have teeth replaced soon, then you need to explore your options. Regular check-ups at your dentist are the best way to ensure that your teeth stay healthy and your smile stays intact. Your dentist can spot potential issues before they happen and they may be able to help.
If you want to tackle the problem of missing teeth in Berkshire at Old Windsor Dental Practice then please contact us. One of our team will do an examination of your mouth and explain your options in detail.
Bridges and crowns
If possible, you will be offered a crown for any significant decay or damage to your tooth. Crowns cover areas that are too big for fillings. First, the dentist will remove any decayed material before they take an impression of the area. This is used to craft a crown which is like a cover that sits on top of your tooth.
Bridges are used to replace more than one tooth at a time. Several teeth can be mounted on a bridge to achieve a natural look. They are usually supported on the remaining teeth but can also be held in place using dental implants.
Both bridges and crowns can be used like normal teeth for eating and other activities once they are fitted. All that is required to take care of them is a diligent dental hygiene routine.
Dentures can be used to replace all or some of your teeth. They are an excellent budget option. A full denture will usually replace an entire arch. They are crafted to fit the shape of your gums as snugly as possible.
A partial denture fills the gaps in your teeth. New teeth are mounted on a plate. This is fixed to your remaining teeth which then support the denture. This means that the teeth need to be relatively healthy.
Dental implants are a strong and highly functional solution. They are tiny metal cylinders or screws that are fitted into your jawbone. These act as anchors for prosthetic teeth in the form of a crown, bridge or dentures. They are the most expensive option detailed here but they are designed to last a lifetime if properly cared for. Many patients who have dental implants report that they feel just like normal teeth.
Everyone has heard about power washing your house, your car, or your driveway, but what about your teeth? Now that’s something to really smile about.
As we age our teeth darken and become yellow and dull in their colour. This can be difficult to avoid as our everyday habits such as eating, drinking will cause the teeth to darken over time. Power whitening is a simple treatment that will rapidly restore your teeth up to 12 shades brighter.
The most requested service in dentistry today is teeth whitening. Most people crave a whiter smile, as it can brighten your whole face. If you find that your smile is getting a bit dull maybe it’s time to give a reputable dentist such as Old Windsor in Berkshire a call to see what power whitening can do for you.
Power whitening is a technique that uses laser bleaching to whiten your teeth. First, any plaque and surface stains are removed from your teeth. Next,a protective barrier is placed on your gums and lips and a whitening gel is applied to your teeth. It works using a powerful laser that whitens your teeth in just one appointment, in one hour at the dentist.After the procedure take your dentist will show you your new tooth shade and measure how much lighter the teeth have gotten.
Does it hurt?
The method itself is non-invasive and painless. Results can be seen immediately after leaving the treatment centre. For those who may have sensitive teeth, there is no need for concern as the process is painless. Most importantly, the treatment is safe. There are no harsh chemical abrasives used and no risk of an allergic reaction. The procedure needs to be performed by trained and qualified professionals, such as those at Old Windsor in Berkshire, who are knowledgeable in the aesthetic field of teeth whitening.
How long does it last?
A combination of maintaining good dental care and routine regular visits to your dentist will ensure that your new smile could last up to two years. Future top up sessions or smile kits can also be purchased from your dentist to maintain the effects of your treatment.
A healthy, good-looking, natural smile is not just something for the lucky few, but something everyone can enjoy. Are you living your life with twisted or wonky teeth? Do you avoid a beaming smile on photos or shy away from the camera?
Well, it may seem like an impossible dream, but living your life with a straight smile is much more achievable than you might think. Advances in dentistry have meant everyone now has access to ways to straighten their teeth that will accommodate their lifestyle.
A fixed appliance is a dental appliance which can only be removed by a dentist. Dental appliances are used to move the teeth to correct situations in which the teeth are not aligned properly in the mouth.
A fixed dental appliance can sometimes be worn primarily for cosmetic reasons, to straighten teeth which look unsightly, or it may be important for medical reasons.
The classic example of a fixed appliance is metal braces, which consist of a set of brackets on the teeth connected with a wire known as an ‘arch wire’. Metal braces work by putting force on the teeth to pull them into line, and may be worn for between one to three years. There are other types of fixed appliances which can be used as well, including options using tooth-coloured wires, for a less obvious teeth straightening process.
Dental appliances are prescribed and installed by an orthodontist. An orthodontist is a dental professional who specialises in correcting misaligned teeth. It is always a good idea to look thoroughly for a reputable orthodontist, such as those at Old Windsor in Berkshire.
If a subtler approach is required for straighter teeth, then Invisalign could be a good alternative option to traditional fixed appliances. Rather than employing wires and brackets, Invisalign uses aligners. These aligners push your teeth into their desired location.
Aligners are both clear and removable, as well as making it easier to keep a good level of oral hygiene. Invisalign is designed to tackle less serious teeth straightening needs, such as correcting the teeth seen when you smile, known as the ‘social six’.
When you are on the lookout for a new dentist, it is tempting to go for one that offers all sorts of cosmetic treatments, for the face as well as the teeth. However, the foundation of a beautiful smile is good general dentistry. In Berkshire, The Old Windsor Dental Practice offers a full range of treatments that form the basis of good oral health.
As well as routine check-ups and fillings, we offer emergency dental services for when you have chipped, broken or knocked out teeth, as well as severe toothache or infection, lost or broken crowns and facial swelling. When you come to us with an emergency, we will numb the pain and sterilise the affected area to prevent infection, before going on to make a thorough examination, which may include x-rays to ascertain the extent of the problem. Your damaged teeth will be restored, either temporarily or permanently, or, in severe cases, we will extract the tooth.
Root canal therapy
This treatment is for severely infected teeth, where the pulp of the tooth has become infected, such as with an abscess. It involves cleaning out the infected pulp from the roots of the tooth and then filling the roots before placing a protective and strengthening crown over the area. This treatment is done under local anaesthetic, and, because you will probably be in pain from the infection, we will be very careful to make sure the treatment is pain-free, and can also offer you sedation if you are still anxious.
Extractions and oral surgery
General dentistry sometimes also involves having a tooth removed. If you need to have a tooth extracted, either because it is an impacted wisdom tooth, or because it is severely infected and cannot be saved, we have the latest equipment, anaesthetics and, if necessary, sedation, to make the extraction as easy and pain-free as possible. If you do need to have an extraction, you may then need to go on to consider replacing the lost tooth with a dental implant, bridge or denture.
Ask us, we’d love to help
Whatever your needs for general dentistry in Berkshire, at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we are here to answer your questions. Our principal dentist Dr Utpalendu Bose is happy to answer your questions, so why not use our online form to find out more.
Dental hygiene is at the root of everything we do here at Old Windsor Dental in Berkshire.
We see this as the very foundation of preventive dentistry, because poor oral hygiene leads to the build-up of plaque. This sticky substance clings to the teeth and harbours bacteria. The bacteria, though harmless in themselves, feed on the sugars in our food and drink, and then excrete acids, which start to dissolve the enamel of the teeth only 20 minutes after eating or drinking.
Holes in the tooth enamel allow the inside of the tooth; the dentine and the pulp, to start to decay, and that can lead to infection, possible tooth abscesses, and then all sorts of dental work, such as tooth extraction and false teeth. This is why we are so keen that all our patients attend regular appointments for dental hygiene.
When you come to see our dental hygienist, Elaine Morgan, she will inspect your teeth thoroughly to see how much plaque needs to be removed, and if there any other risks that you need to be made aware of. Then, she will scale and polish your teeth. Once your teeth are clean and shiny again, you will be shown how best to brush, how to use floss and also how to use inter dental brushes.
Visits to the hygienist are especially important if you have crowns, bridges or dental implants, which require special care if you want them to last,to keep them clean and free of stuck food, which can greatly encourage the build-up of plaque.
Elaine has been working in dentistry since 1990, and has been working in dental hygiene in Berkshire at our practice since 2000. There isn’t much Elaine doesn’t know about dental hygiene, so please feel free to ask her anything you like. It is far better to ask what may seem like stupid questions than to lose a tooth to avoidable decay and infection.
We recommend patients to come in for appointments for dental hygiene twice a year. We are open all week and also on Saturdays, to make it easier for those in full-time work to book an appointment.
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.
What 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.
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 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.
Find out more
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.
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.
Invisalign 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.
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.
How 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.