Common questions about dental implants in Windsor, can you wear dentures if you have bone loss? not enough bone for dental implant? and thought about using dental implants to stabilise your dentures. This procedure is known as denture stabilisation or implant over-dentures, and has helped scores of people to regain their ability to eat, speak and smile with confidence.
However, in some cases – particularly if you have been wearing dentures for several years – your dentist may have told you that you are unsuitable for dental implant treatment because you do not have enough bone density in your jaw.
Bone loss is a very common side effect of tooth loss. This is because, without the roots of the teeth in place, the jaw bone slowly starts to resorb or shrink back – it’s part of the reason that your once snug-fitting dentures can become loose and uncomfortable, and also often leads to a prematurely aged, sagging appearance to the skin around the jowls.
When dental implants were first introduced this was a problem. However, techniques have advanced greatly in the past 30 years, and it is now possible for most patients who have experienced bone loss to have dental implants; you might just require another procedure first.
Huge advantages in implantology mean that in most cases it is now possible to rebuild your jaw bone. In the lower jaw this is called a bone graft, while in the upper jaw the procedure is known as a sinus lift.
A bone graft uses donor bone from elsewhere in your mouth or from other tissue sources (which may be human, animal or synthetic) to rebuild your lower jaw bone and increase its density to the point where it can support dental implants. This commonly adds a few months to implant treatment, but is worth it in the long-term as it increases the chances of your implants’ success.
A sinus lift uses the contours of your face to provide a second chance at the functionality and reliability of dental implants. It involves lifting the lining of the sinus cavity and packing the space with bone or synthetic material. After a healing period, your implants can then be placed.
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 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.
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.
We 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.
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.
Orthodontics 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 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 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.
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.