Losing your natural teeth can be quite overwhelming, whether it’s a single tooth or several. From conventional solutions to innovative alternatives such as dental implants, the choice is plenty and it can be hard to weigh the benefits and the disadvantages of each treatment.
At Old Windsor Dental Practice, we firmly believe that dental implants in Windsor are the best solution for tooth loss – however, we suggest scheduling a consultation with our implant dentist to ensure that this is the right treatment for you. Many of our patients have questions about the practical function of dental implants, including their maintenance. In general, dental implants do not require special care in order to remain strong and healthy, but you may wish to consider doing some things differently if you want to stay on top of your implant care maintenance.
Explaining the function of dental implants
Dental implants are tiny, biocompatible, titanium posts which are surgically inserted into the upper and/or lower jawbone. Over time, the bone tissue fuses with the implant through a process known as ‘osseointegration’. This process is made possible because of the natural integration of the bone to the titanium. Once this process is over and the dental implant has healed, your dentist will restore the visible structure of your teeth by inserting crowns, dentures or bridges on top of your dental implants in Windsor.
Caring for dental implants – should I be doing things differently?
After your implant surgery, your dentist will give you specific instructions on how to take good care of your implant sites until you receive your restoration teeth. These instructions are easy to follow and ensure that your dental implants will integrate into the jawbone without any problems. Once you receive your replacement teeth, you do not need to change your oral hygiene routine. However, you need to be very careful and practice diligent oral hygiene. Although dental implants in Windsor, cannot be affected by tooth decay, they are still prone to gum disease, which can lead to implant failure. Establishing a good oral hygiene regime and visiting the dentist frequently, will help you stay on top of your oral health.
Throughout the year you will see awareness months that highlight calls to action for your health. As a dentist, one of our calls to action is Mouth Cancer Action Month and one we take very seriously. Prevention is so much better than the cure, and with this in mind, we recommend regular check-ups to ensure you are receiving all the oral health and general health information, support and advice we can offer you. However, we have a very important call to action and this is to book your yearly Mouth Cancer Screening as soon as possible.
It may surprise you that a dentist would offer Mouth Cancer Screening, however we are uniquely placed to provide a thorough investigation and screen for you. Since we have all your oral health information we can look at risk factors and key indicators that inform your screening.
Early detection is best all-round
Attending regular check-ups can take the worry out of taking care of your oral health. Gathering information across the year we will then encourage you to book your yearly screening.
During the screening a thorough examination of your head, mouth and throat is given, including around your tongue and gums. Any long-term ulcers or lumps will be examined using a hand-held scanning device, this ensures anything abnormal is treated immediately or we can refer you for treatment if necessary. Early detection dramatically increases chances of recovery, so it’s incredibly important to come see us.
If you find before your screening that you are concerned or worried about anything you have discovered in your mouth or in the mouth of a partner or child, do not hesitate to contact us and we will screen you.
Giving up smoking – stop for your mouth’s sake
Smoking is closely linked to mouth cancer and because we take your health seriously, we can also offer you support and information about giving up.
As your dentist at Old Windsor in Berkshire, mouth cancer screening ensures you and your family are fully taken care of. Should we find something that we are not sure of, we can respond to it quickly and make you receive the treatment you need to deal with it.
Dentures, as we all know, do not act the same as our natural teeth. Although modern denture look great and mimic your natural teeth, they are removable and can take time getting used to, they will need maintenance to prevent bad breath or gum disease. However, dentures can now be fixed in place due to advances in dental implant technology.
Dental implants are small screws that are placed in the jawbone during simple surgery, normally under local anaesthetic. They are made of surgical grade titanium, which is treated by the body as natural bone. This means your bone, gum and even blood vessels will grow around the implant. They provide a durable, strong base for your dentures to be fixed onto. This means your dentures act like your natural teeth, no longer requiring removal for cleaning.
Dentures are used for replacing several or all your teeth, however if you’ve lost only one, a crown will be fitted instead. Either way, your crowns or dentures will be matched to your natural teeth and no one will know that you have false teeth. What’s more, because they are fixed in place securely to your jawbone, dental implants will function as your natural teeth. This means you can eat and drink anything you wish, and you don’t have to compromise your lifestyle due to missing teeth. It’s a second shot at having a natural smile and if you follow a good dental oral hygiene routine, including brushing and flossing, and you come for regular dental check-ups, there’s no reason they wouldn’t last you a life time.
How can I receive my dental implants
In Berkshire, dental implants can be discussed during a consultation at The Old Windsor Dental Practice. We will assess the health of your jawbone and ensure that implants will work effectively for you. Any preparation work will be carried out, including addressing any gum health issues and your surgery will be set. You’ll then have surgery, and once the implants are in place, your dentures can be fixed in place and you can get on with enjoying your life, although you will need to be careful about what you eat for several weeks while your implants integrate.
There are ways to improve your dental alignment with minimal fuss and a good deal of comfort. People seeking braces in Windsor will find many contemporary options here at The Old Windsor Dental Practice. We can provide you with highly effective and personalised treatments that enhance the appearance of your smile as well as the performance of your teeth.
Enhancing your alignment
Even small adjustments can have a major effect on your dental experience. You might want to adjust one or two teeth at the front of your mouth. Once you improve these teeth with braces in Windsor, you’ll have a visibly more appealing smile.
Alternatively, you might have a more complex set of adjustments to make. A crooked smile can make good oral hygiene difficult to maintain. When there are spaces in your mouth that your toothbrush has a hard time reaching, bacteria can build up. Thus, your risk of gum disease and tooth decay is increased. Braces in Windsor, therefore, might improve your dental cleanliness as well as your cosmetic appeal.
Adults who want to avoid the visual disruption associated with realignment work might benefit from Invisalign. This is a highly discreet and user-friendly treatment for people seeking braces in Windsor. It involves several stages.
First, we take detailed measurements of your mouth using 3D imaging software. A dental laboratory then produces, a series of aligners especially for you. These aligners are made of transparent plastic and fit comfortably over your teeth.
You wear a pair of the clear aligners for around 7-10 days, before swapping it for the next pair in the series, and so on until the end of treatment. The slightly different shape of each subsequent aligner puts gentle pressure on your teeth, until they are moved into improved alignments.
Invisalign allows you to eat meals and clean your teeth as your normally would, because it doesn’t require any attachments. You simply remove it from your mouth whenever you need to. Meanwhile, it maintains a low-key presence in your mouth because it’s entirely transparent. You won’t attract quizzical glances or intrusive questions while your treatment is ongoing.
When you experience a missing tooth, it can come as a shock. It feels different, and perhaps more significantly, it can significantly alter the look of your smile. Here at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we offer dental implants that will restore your smile and provide many long-lasting benefits to your oral health.
More than just a confident smile
Going for dental implants doesn’t just boost your confidence in your appearance, it’ll put faith back into the ability and health of your teeth.
The teeth work as a set, and when one is missing, it can risk weakening the remaining teeth. Going for dental implants in Windsor can improve your ability to chew and properly digest food, prevent problems with your surrounding teeth, avoid a ‘shrunken jaw’, and generally improve your oral health and overall well-being.
Why dental implants over other treatment?
While dental implants in Windsor aren’t suitable to everyone, they are a popular option for those who are looking to fix a gap in their smile, as they hold benefits over other treatments such as bridges and dentures, for example:
- They are often more predictable than other treatments, allowing you to have a sense of the overall result and knowing what to expect
- They don’t affect the healthy remaining teeth by using them for stablity
- They protect healthy bone by preventing bone loss
- They allow you to eat and speak without having to think about uncomfortable removable dentures
- They look natural, as the implant acts as the root of the tooth, providing a solution that most closely mimics the natural teeth
- They provide a long-lasting solution, lasting upwards of 25 years.
How to dental implants work?
The journey of going for dental implants in Windsor goes as follows:
- Appointment: an in-depth consultation to see if you are suitable and plan your treatment
- Surgery: the implant is inserted into the jawbone under local anesthetic
- Healing: it is then left to heal and mesh with the jawbone, taking around 3 months
- The tooth: finally, the crown is placed on the tooth by means of an abutment. It is made to match the rest of the teeth in size, shape, and colour.
Smiling and laughing are things that should feel great. A smile gives a sense of someone’s personality, and shows someone is most at ease. No one should feel anything but happy when they smile, but having misaligned teeth can make you feel self-conscious. So why not do something about it, and go for braces in Windsor.
Here at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we understand that there is nothing quite like the feeling of smiling with confidence when your teeth are looking their finest. That’s why we provide braces to boost your confidence, as well as improve your overall health.
Who is suitable for braces in Windsor?
Everyone is different, and so are their reasons for getting braces. Having braces can mean different things to different people. Maybe you have missed the boat on getting braces as a child, and now want to do something about your smile. Whatever your dental needs, we will speak to you and go through your options in detail so we can find a solution that fits your lifestyle and teeth.
Advanced technology means that you can have braces without having to feel self-conscious about your teeth. There is a multitude of options, such as clear, tooth coloured, nearly invisible, and removable appliances. If you have a busy life and don’t want the hassle of worrying about the look of braces during social and business events, people may not even realise your going through treatment.
As well as being cosmetic, straight teeth are easier to clean, which reduces risk of gum disease, improves people’s overall dental health and overall sense of well-being and day to day confidence.
What involved with braces in Windsor?
Firstly, we will take photos and x-rays of the teeth to determine the following treatment plans.
On the day of treatment, the brackets are bonded to the individual teeth and joined by wires that gently nudge them into the correct position. After treatment, the patient will have to wear retainers to stop the teeth from slipping back out of place.
We also offer Invisalign and fixed appliances. If you are thinking about going for braces in Windsor, book a consultation and we can see which option is most suited to you.
It’s that time of year again. Summer is on the way out and we are starting to think about Sunday roasts with all the trimmings. Crackling, roast potatoes and when it gets to Christmas, there’ll be nuts to tuck into too. Or will there? Can your replacement teeth cope with all that? Or will you have to make do with mash, stews and pass on the nuts altogether? Losing teeth doesn’t have to be this way; you can put everything back on the menu when you have dental implants to replace lost teeth with us at Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire.
Dental implants are super-stable because they are embedded into the jawbone, where they fuse with the jawbone. Made of titanium, dental implants are highly biocompatible, and the body welcomes them, rather than rejecting them, by growing new bone cells and blood vessels all over them. It’s not quite the same biology as a tooth held in place in its socket by fibres, but it works just as well, unlike other methods of replacement, which are not as stable. Dentures can’t handle more than about a quarter of the pressure exerted by normal chewing, which is why so many denture wearers end up on a soft food diet and can’t remember the last time they were able to bite into an apple.
Dental implants also last a good long time. Their only enemy is gum disease, which, if left to advance, can attack the gums and then the bone holding the implants in place, so it’s important to be assiduous with dental care. Brush carefully twice a day for 2 minutes with a fluoride toothpaste. Floss well, making sure to go under the gums to remove plaque. Use interdental brushes to remove trapped food. And it’s also very important to have regular deep cleans with the dental hygienist to remove all the plaque you can’t get at.
If you do all this, you will find that your dental implants could last for decades. You may find that you need to replace the porcelain crown part because they do wear out, but the posts should be fine. Some people have had theirs in place for 50 years now.
Getting your teeth straightened may seem like self-indulgence, especially if your teeth are only mildly to moderately out of alignment. How can you justify the expense, even if you do have finance to spread the payments?
Or, how can you not? Getting your teeth straightened is, in fact, an investment in their longevity, and in your self-esteem.
Teeth that are well lined up against each other are much easier to keep clean. Your toothbrush and floss are far more able to get between them and around the gumline to remove plaque, the enemy of oral health. You can reduce your chances of suffering from dental decay and gum disease, and increase the odds of you hanging onto your teeth, maybe even for your entire life.
If you don’t go down the route of orthodontics, you are more likely to get gum disease, which eventually leads to tooth loss. Orthodontics may seem like an expensive option now, but it is nothing compared to the expenses you can rack up with dentures, bridges and dental implants.
When you have a great smile, you use it all the time. You smile at strangers, at colleagues, at friends, everyone really. And they smile back. You find doors opening to you that you never even knew were there, and paths being smoothed for you. It’s how smiling works. You smile. People decide you are a warm, friendly type and that they want to get to know you and help you. And somehow you feel great about yourself, not just because of how you look, but because life seems to be giving you opportunities that weren’t there before. So you smile some more and all that smiling releases natural happy chemicals in your body, like serotonin. It’s an upward spiral.
Meet our orthodontist
Here at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, Dr Emmett Hegarty can help you get the smile you have always wanted. Dr Hegarty has trained in orthodontics and can deal with the most complex cases, as well as mild to moderate alignment issues. He will make sure you get the right braces for you, or your children.
Losing one or more teeth can be devastating. You may feel like you’ll never be able to eat, speak or smile normally again. The long-term implications for your oral health are pretty bad too. If you have lost one or more teeth, getting them replaced is a priority, not only because gaps look bad, but also because you need to prevent further problems occurring. Luckily, here at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, dental implants in Windsor can save you from the embarrassment and health complications of missing teeth.
Why are dental implants in Windsor so good?
Dental implants in Windsor look like real teeth. They feel like real teeth. They function like real teeth. You can even maintain them just like your real teeth. A thorough brush and floss every day is what you need to do to keep them in good condition. People with dental implants often tell us that nobody notices that their teeth are not real. You may even forget that you’ve had the implants after a while because they are so realistic and natural-feeling. You’ll be able to talk normally, smile normally, eat normally. What more could you want from a tooth replacement? Some other tooth replacement options such as bridges or dentures simply cannot offer the same benefits as dental implants in Windsor.
What are dental implants exactly?
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots made of titanium. They are implanted into your jawbone. The titanium implant will be accepted by your body. Your bone and gums will heal around it. The implant has a part that sticks out above your gums. This is what we attach your tooth replacement to. Your replacement tooth is colour matched to your other teeth. It can be nice to have your teeth whitened before getting dental implants. This way your implants will be colour-matched to a brighter set of teeth.
Will getting dental implants be painful?
Of course, you will experience some pain with dental implants. However, the treatment is not nearly as bad as you may expect. Patients say it feels much like getting a big filling. Call us today to find out how we could help you with dental implants in Windsor.
At Old Windsor Dental Practice, we offer a range of teeth straightening treatments. If you are looking for braces in Windsor, look no further.
This is a transparent, removable tray that fits over your teeth. It works on the front 6-8 teeth, the ones that show most when we smile. Treatment takes 6-24 months to complete, depending on the severity of misalignment.
The great benefit for adults is that the aligners are clear, and can’t be seen. They are also removable. This means they can be taken out for eating and cleaning, and there are no issues with food getting stuck in the brace.
The Invisalign system is also made from clear aligners. Unlike ClearSmile, it can be used to correct misalignments of the teeth across the whole set. Treatment takes 12-18 months, depending on the severity of the case.
The aligners trays are also removable and transparent. And, in common with ClearSmile, are custom-made using digital technology. For both treatments, our braces dentist will take impressions of your teeth using a handheld digital scanner. These measurements are then fed into a computer programme, and a 3D treatment plan is created. This has two benefits: it shows you what your teeth will look like at the end of treatment, and it gives the technicians pinpoint accurate measurements with which to create your bespoke braces.
These are lingual braces, which means that they are fitted to the tongue side of the teeth. The great benefit of this is that they are completely hidden from view. They also can treat the whole range of teeth misalignment issues, rather than merely cosmetic issues, which is the case with many other types of adult braces in Windsor. Treatment can take up to two years.
Fixed metal braces
We also provide traditional bracket and wire braces in Windsor, because for certain issues, they are still the best tool for the job. Treatment can again take up to two years.
After all these procedures, a retainer will need to be worn to hold the teeth in their new positions.
Drop into our surgery today and find out more about how braces in Windsor can help you to a happier and healthier smile.