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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.

Building bone

The human body carries out millions of processes every day, most of which we are completely unaware of. Cells are replaced and nutrients are extracted from food to provide nourishment for our bodies. The jawbone is no exception, which renews itself as we eat, speak and laugh.

Dental Implants in WindsorHow does the jawbone keep renewing itself? When you move your jaw, your teeth minutely tap together with their opposite number. We don’t consciously feel this happening, but this process regularly sends vibrations through the teeth, down the root and into the jawbone. This signals to the body that the bone is still needed here, so it will keep building new bone cells and supplying that area of the jaw with blood.

However, if you lose a tooth, this delicate process is disturbed, as there is no tooth for its opposite number to tap against. No tap, no vibration, no need for the bone anymore. This can cause the body to cease the renewal process at the site of the lost tooth, and instead use the nutrients elsewhere in the body.

While you have to marvel at this efficiency, it’s not great news for your facial structure. With jawbone deterioration, the face begins to sag, giving you a prematurely aged look. It can also mean that neighbouring teeth drift into the gap left behind and become loose themselves. And while a crown or bridge will shore up this gap, with no replacement root, the jaw still shrinks away.

There is a way to readdress this and that’s with dental implants in Windsor. Implants are small metal screws which are fixed into the jawbone, so re-establish the link between teeth and the jawbone.

Because dental implants in Windsor are made from titanium, a biocompatible metal, as soon as the implant is placed in the jaw the body starts to bond with it and grows new bone tissue and blood vessels at the implant site.

Here at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, our implant dentist Ian Seddon has been placing implants for 25 years, so you can trust in his track record. Call in today and find out if dental implants in Windsor could help keep your jawbone strong.

Join the straightening movement

Did you know that the biggest growth in terms of dental treatments is in adults having their teeth straightened? Yes, braces in Windsor are as much for grown-ups as they are for children these days.

braces-in-windsorAnd because more and more adults want to have straight teeth, dental researchers have responded to this demand by coming up with braces in Windsor that reflect the needs of adults.

Children can get away with metal braces far more easily than adults can. They only have to go to school, where lots of other children will also be wearing braces. It’s much more unusual to see an adult wearing braces, and so, doing so is still associated with being a kid.

But adults want straight teeth too, and now they can have braces that aren’t made of metal and are also much smaller. Some of them are even pretty much impossible to see.

Here at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we love treating our adult patients with Invisalign.

What’s Invisalign?

Invisalign is about as far away as you can get from traditional metal fixed braces in Windsor. Instead of metal brackets and wires that are cemented onto the front of the teeth, Invisalign uses a series of very thin, transparent aligners that look like mouth guards. The plastic is so thin that you are hard put to spot anyone wearing Invisalign.

The aligners each have precision-placed ridges inside them. These press on the teeth to get them to move. Each aligner moves the teeth one tiny bit over a period of 7-10 days. This means that each aligner starts off by feeling a bit uncomfortable, but, as the teeth move, that discomfort fades. By the time it’s completely gone, it’s time to move onto the next aligner.

The aligners are not fixed in place. They come out for eating and cleaning, which takes a lot of the hassle out of getting your teeth straightened.

Invisalign treatment takes about a year on average.

Once your treatment is complete, you will need to wear a retainer for some time, to keep the teeth in place while the newly created bone settles down around them.

Give us a call to find out more.

The modern way to replace lost teeth

Things have moved on a lot since your granny lost her teeth and had to replace them with dentures that everyone knew weren’t real teeth. Remember them? The gums were too pink, the teeth were too white and perfect for an old lady, and they clicked and whistled when she spoke.

Dental Implants in WindsorIf you’ve been dreading having to have dentures yourself, then dread no longer, because you don’t have to. You can have dental implants in Windsor instead, from us at The Old Windsor Dental Practice.

If you’ve never heard of dental implants in Windsor, then count that as a good omen. Whereas everyone knows about dentures because they have become comedy gold, dental implants are subtle and discreet and so like real teeth that they have no comedy value whatsoever.

In fact, all around you, people are going about their daily business with dental implant-retained teeth filling in for the ones they’ve lost and no one else is any the wiser, which is what you want from false teeth really.

Here’s how dental implants in Windsor work

Dental implants are little titanium posts or screws that are inserted into specially made channels in your jawbone. Once they are in, you can’t chew on them straightaway. You have to give them 2-6 months to fuse with your jawbone.

In that time, your jawbone will grow new bone tissue all over the surface of the implants, eventually holding them in place as firmly as natural teeth in their sockets. Once this process is complete, you will be able to eat anything you fancy, with no fear of your teeth wobbling or, heaven forbid, falling out.

One dental implant can hold up to 3 crowns on a bridge, so you don’t have to replace every tooth root. In fact, there are ways to replace entire arches of teeth on just a few carefully positioned dental implants. One technique is called All-on-4.

Maintenance

Taking care of your dental implants in Windsor is as easy as your normal diligent dental care routine: brushing, flossing, mouthwashes and regular trips to the hygienist to get plaque removed. You can expect your dental implants to last for at least 15 years, possibly decades.

Back to the lovely white teeth you once had

Remember how your teeth used to gleam? How they really were pearly white, when you were young? Those were the days, eh? Now, they’re dull and a bit yellowy grey and nothing like how they used to be back in the day.

Teeth Whitening in BerkshireBut that’s getting old for you, isn’t it? Nothing you can do about it, is there? Well, yes there is. Your teeth may have aged and the colour may be a bit dimmer as the enamel has thinned from years of brushing, but a lot of the discolouration is, in fact, removable.

Here at The Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire, we wish more older people would get their teeth whitened, and not just leave it to the young, who hardly need it anyway.

Your teeth are that colour through decades of having a nice cup of tea and a sit down. They are stained from drinking coffee. They lost their gleam because red wine is also a terrible tooth stainer. Then there are all the rich, tomatoey sauces, maybe even certain medications. All of the above have dark pigments that get trapped in the pores of tooth enamel. Tooth brushing doesn’t get rid of them. Even the hygienist won’t be able to able to shift them entirely.

But teeth whitening treatments can because they work differently. These gels contain hydrogen peroxide, which when placed on discoloured teeth gently lifts traces of pigment out of the tooth enamel.

How it works

When you come to us for whitening, we will start by making sure that the staining is the kind that whitening treatments will work on. If they aren’t, we may suggest having veneers instead.

If they are, the next step is to make you some gel trays by taking impressions of your teeth. Then we can either treat you in the clinic, which takes around an hour using a fairly powerful gel, or we can give you a take-home kit.

This one you do yourself, wearing the gel-filled trays for a short period every day. The gel is less concentrated, so treatment takes a couple of weeks.

Whitening is not permanent, so you will need to top it up every now and then.

So you’d like straighter teeth?

How many years have you been putting up with teeth that aren’t straight? Are you planning to do that for the rest of your life, or might you consider at least coming and having a consultation with us at The Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire to find out what needs to be done to straighten your teeth?

Straighter Teeth in BerkshireIf you grew up in the UK and made it through to adulthood without the dentist putting you forward for braces treatment on the National Health Service, chances are that your teeth are not that wildly out of alignment.

The best way to find out how severe your misalignment issues are is to come in to the clinic and get either our practice principal Utpalendu Bose, or our orthodontist Dr Emmett Hegarty take a look at your teeth. If your alignments really are severe, then you will probably need traditional metal braces to realign them. Metal braces are still the best way to correct severe issues. However, there are other devices that can be used to deal with mild to moderate alignment issues, and these tend to be far more discreet than metal braces.

Invisalign

One such device is Invisalign, which is a series of very thin, clear plastic aligners that look like mouth guards that you would put on at night to stop you grinding your teeth. However, Invisalign clear aligners have pressure points carefully built into them and when you put your aligners on over your teeth, the pressure points press on your teeth to get them to shift. You get a series of aligners and wear each one for 7-10 days and then move onto the next. It takes, on average, a year to realign the teeth with Invisalign. People love them because they are very hard to spot when they are in place, and also because they can take them out to eat food and to clean their teeth.

Not everyone can have Invisalign, so we also offer Incognito, which are just like metal braces except the brackets and wires are fitted to the tongue side of the teeth.

Come and find out what we can do to get you straighter teeth.

Exploring your options for Braces in Windsor

In recent years, dental technology has rapidly evolved and patients have never had so many teeth-straightening options as they do now. If you are concerned about the appearance of your teeth, at Old Windsor Dental Practice, we can diagnose, treat and prevent oral irregularities with the use of braces in Windsor.

Braces in WindsorWhy consider braces?

Braces can help correct issues that affect your day-to-day experience of eating and even sleeping through to your appearance and therefore your confidence. Issues such as overbites and underbites impact on how the jaw moves when eating, leading to issues in chewing and biting. Since the jaw is misaligned, it can the cause a protrusion of the lower or upper jaw, so that your appearance is adversely affected. In addition, this can also lead to sleeping issues as well as possible speech impediments. Braces can help by pulling the jaws into their proper position and correcting the issue.

Braces can also help if your teeth are crooked and do not line up with the teeth next to them. Rather than appearing parallel with each other, they may be twisted and point in different directions. In a similar manner, adult teeth can come in twisted at times. Again, braces can help straighten the teeth and get them to line up with each other.

Although crooked teeth may not have the same impact as overbites and underbites, it might be worth noting that crooked teeth are harder to clean and maintain, which can lead to poor oral hygiene and gum infections.

Choosing the right braces

If you often find it hard to smile because of the appearance of your teeth, you would benefit from seeing our dentist, who will help you explore your options.

At Old Windsor Dental Practice, we offer a range of braces in Windsor. Full traditional braces work incredibly well to improve many dental issues. If you’re looking for a more discreet option, however, we also offer tooth-coloured alternatives. We also offer Invisalign, an innovative teeth-straightening method that employs a series of transparent, removable, plastic aligners to help move your teeth into their correct position. They are almost invisible, if well maintained, and they can be removed for the odd special occasion.

Implants at any age

Why might you need to have dental implants in Windsor? There are several reasons. It could be that you lost a tooth or two while playing sport: perhaps a face plant out on the BMX track, an elbow in the face during a rugby scrum or a well-timed punch in the boxing ring. You may have been unlucky enough to fall on a slippery pavement and crack off a tooth, or to have a genetic pre-disposition to thin tooth enamel. Perhaps you have diabetes or a heart condition. Or, maybe it’s just from the process of eating, drinking and ageing.

Dental Implants in WindsorWhatever the reason, dental implants in Windsor are a highly functional way to replace lost teeth. While we may associate tooth loss with old age, as you can see from the list above, it can happen at any point in life, and any adult patient can be considered for treatment with dental implants in Windsor.

Why dental implants in Windsor?

So why opt for dental implants in Windsor over other forms of tooth replacement? Every treatment has its function and for some cases, replacing with a simple crown, bridge or denture is the way to go. However, it’s always worth considering implants because of the advantages they have over other methods.

Implants are the only way to replace the lost root of the tooth, as well as the crown. Most of us are concerned to replace the visible part of the tooth so we no longer have a gappy smile. But replacing the hidden part has benefits too. It means that full biting and chewing power is restored; something you don’t get from replacing the crown alone. So, no need to go onto a restrictive diet.

Implants also help to restore the jawbone. The bone loses density when the root goes, and the face begins to sag. Implants encourage new bone growth and help to maintain the structure of the face. No one wants their jawbone to start dissolving, especially if you’ve lost teeth while young.

Find out more

Call into Old Windsor Dental Practice today and talk to our implant dentist. Find out if dental implants in Windsor are the right solution for you.

The originals

Do you have a problem with your bite? Do your upper and lower teeth arches fit together neatly, or are they out of alignment? Do you have crooked, crowded or gapped teeth?

braces-in-windsorHere at the Old Windsor Dental Practice, we offer braces in Windsor to patients with these sorts of conditions. We have a range of options available, but in this article, we are going to look at using fixed metal braces in Windsor to correct the bite.

These traditional-style braces don’t have a great reputation because of the way they look when in place on the teeth. Especially as you can now get discreet and clear braces in Windsor. However, for certain conditions they are still the best way to go. And the good news is that because of advances in dental technology, these fixed braces are smaller and more comfortable than those of old.

How do fixed metal braces in Windsorwork?

They use a series of brackets and wires to pull the teeth into position over time. One bracket is bonded to each tooth, so as it moves, so does the tooth. A wire is threaded through the brackets and pulls them along until the teeth reach the desired position.

How does the treatment work?

First of all, we will assess you to see which type of brace is suitable for you. To do this, our braces in Windsor dentist, Dr Emmett Hegarty, will take impressions, x-rays and photographs of your mouth, teeth and jaws.

The brackets are then bonded to each tooth and the wire strung through them. Emmett will advise you on how to take good care of your brace and how to maintain good oral hygiene throughout the treatment. You will also come in for regular checks and adjustments as treatment progresses.

After the braces work is complete, you’ll need to wear a retainer to hold the teeth in their new positions.

Lasting effects

It can take up to 2 years for treatment with braces in Windsor to complete, but the effects last a lifetime. Straighter teeth not only look great but are also easier to clean and keep free of decay-causing bacteria.

Back to basics

Dentistry seems to have a strong focus on lovely smiles created with great cosmetic dental treatments, but don’t forget that your lovely smile isn’t going to last if you have gum disease or tooth decay.

That’s why here at The Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire, we place as much emphasis on preventive and general dentistry as we do on cosmetic treatments. If preventive dentistry is the foundation of oral hygiene, then general dentistry is the backbone of dental care.

General Dentistry  in BerkshireThese are the treatments that have been around since forever. Maybe you won’t ever need them, but if you do, you can rest assured that here at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, they will be of the same excellent quality as the rest of our treatments.

But what is general dentistry? Let’s take a look at some of the treatments now:

Emergency appointments

Emergency dental care is perhaps the main thing. You will need emergency dental care if you develop an awful toothache that won’t go away, or if you have an accident that damages your teeth or knocks them out. We will try to see you on the day you call. In the case of knocked out teeth, if you bring them along, we will try to put them back. In every case, our first priority will be to get rid of any pain, then to clean up the area so we can take a look at what’s going on. If we can, we will treat you on the spot. If not, or if there is more to do, we will agree a treatment plan with you.

Root canal therapy

If you have a tooth that is infected or diseased, we may be able to save it by removing the infected or diseased pulp from the tooth. This stops the infection spreading into your jawbone or into other teeth. It also means you can continue to use that tooth, and it’s always better to save a tooth than to replace it.

General dentistry also covers dealing with snoring and jaw joint disorders, as well as special care for pregnant women, extractions and oral surgery.