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What are dental implants and how did they come about?

Dental implants in Windsor are one of the many treatment options available to our body of patients. They are a cutting edge form of dentistry, but they have a long history of use. Throughout history, it has been commonplace to wish for a full set of teeth, as this can demonstrate a level of supposed health. Many scientific experiments took place, such as using gold and alloys to make dental implants and mounting a porcelain crown on a platinum disc. However, these experiments did not yield overall positive long term results. It wasn’t until 1952 when an orthopaedic surgeon stumbled across the fundamentals for what would become the foundation for dental implants. It was discovered that a titanium cylinder had fused together with the femur bone of a rabbit during a study on bone healing and regeneration. This discovery was then utilised in other areas of health care, such as dental care. It is from this that modern dental implants came about. A small titanium screw is inserted into the jawbone, and crowns are built on top of the implant to give a natural-looking smile.dental-implants-windsor

Why should I get dental implants?

There are many reasons why you should consider dental implants in Windsor, and these reasons can help make you make an informed choice. You should consider dental implants if you want to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Dental implants can offer many benefits to your health. These highly desirable benefits include the improved overall appearance of the teeth, giving you a fully formed smile. Patients who have previously used poor-fitting dentures notice that these can slip within their mouth, this can cause them to mumble or slur their words; with dental implants this is not an issue. Dental implants are designed to improve the comfort of the user alongside allowing for easier eating, and they can allow you to continue to eat your favourite foods. They are durable and convenient, so implants can improve your overall oral health and hygiene. Alongside all these physical benefits, dental implants can also have mental benefits, such as improving your self-image through better self-esteem.

How is a dental implant fitted?

The fitting of a dental implant in Windsor follows numerous steps to ensure that you are fitted with them in a highly efficient manner. You often only require a local anaesthetic when being fitted with dental implants. Firstly, your dentist will ensure that you are entirely comfortable with the process and answer any questions that you may have; your dentist will also inform you of any aftercare that you need to be aware of. Preparation work is completed to allow the rest of the procedure to be administered smoothly. You will work with your dentist using treatment plans, X-rays and models to figure out the exact treatment you require. Once the implants are placed into the mouth they are required to heal while your crowns are constructed in the laboratory using impressions of your teeth. This allows your teeth to match the rest of your smile. If you think that dental implants could be for you, why not get in touch? Everyone should have confidence in their own smile.

Braces are just for children, aren’t they? How could they benefit me?

It is true that braces can be used on the developing mouths of children and teenagers, but it is also true that adults who have overcrowded or gapped teeth can also benefit from braces. Here at Old Windsor, we can offer you braces in Windsor, if you think your smile could benefit from some straightening or realigning. Many people are dissatisfied with the way that their smile looks and choose to hide their smile at all costs, but what if you could achieve the smile you have always desired? Then there would be no need to hide anymore. We believe that everyone deserves a smile that they cannot wait to show off and braces could be the way to achieve exactly that. If you wish your smile was straighter or without gaps then maybe braces could be for you, why not get in touch to see what we could offer you and your new smile?childrens-braces-windsor

What types of braces do you offer?

Here at Old Windsor, we offer a number of different kinds of braces, these braces are specifically designed with different kinds of patients in mind, ensuring that the needs of all patients are met. If you are looking for braces in Windsor why not consider looking into what we offer? There are three main types of braces that we offer our patients, these are fixed appliances, removable appliances and traditional orthodontics. Fixed appliances are used to correct problems concerning the top and lower teeth not matching up, these appliances are often used for younger patients whose mouths are still developing. An example of this treatment is the twin block which moves the lower jaw gently using a screw mechanism.

Removable appliances are often used as an alternative to fixed braces. These appliances are used on milder conditions needing correcting and can be removed, which is beneficial for daily cleaning, this will help keep your mouth clean during the treatment. Invisalign is an example of a removable appliance and uses clear trays to gently adjust the position of your teeth. They are created specifically for each patient and so fit perfectly into your mouth. Finally, traditional orthodontics uses a series of wires and brackets to gently mouth your teeth into the desired position.

But won’t it hurt?

It is true that there can be some mild discomfort in the use of braces as the teeth are moved into the desired position. It does become increasingly important to look after your oral health if you choose to have braces fitted, as the mouth can become more susceptible to disease. If you choose to have braces in Windsor fitted then your dentist will always ensure that you are comfortable and will advise you on the best practice to look after your teeth whilst they undergo the treatment. This could also include pain management for the discomfort that you may be exposed to whilst your teeth are moved into their new position. Braces, as part of modern developing dentistry, have continued to evolve over the years and are now more convenient and more comfortable than ever, achieving brilliant results that keep you smiling.

Why choose us to replace your missing teeth in Berkshire?

Our dental clinic in Berkshire has been a member of the BDA Good Practice Scheme since 2010, and has continued to provide a high standard of dentistry since. Our branch within Windsor was established within 1981, meaning we have been providing dental services for over thirty years! Our clinic believes that improvement should never stop, which is why we continue to develop our range of dental treatments constantly.

berkshire-missing-teethOur wide array of dental treatments include orthodontics, gum work, root canal work, and even implant dentistry. Our practice adopts a patient centred approach, this means our patients are always our top priority, we serve patients who are looking for general dentistry, and those looking to cosmetic dental treatments. If you are looking for a dental clinic that takes pride in delivering a warm and friendly professional dental service to all of their new and pre-registered patients, then look no further.

Feeling nervous about replacing your missing teeth in Berkshire?

If you are feeling anxious prior to your implant treatment, it is important to remember you are not alone. Many of our nervous patients may be unaware that dental fears and phobias are extremely common, and something we come across frequently at our dental clinic in Berkshire. If you are feeling anxious feel free to give us a call, or even pay us a visit so you can voice your concerns and worries before your treatment journey begins.

A dental provider you can trust

Our clinic not only uses modern dental materials, however we also ensure we have a great array of dental healthcare professionals. Our implantologist is Ian Seddon and received a BDS from Manchester in 1989. Ian is a private dentist and has been practicing implant dentistry since 1994. Ian is just one example of our fantastic team in Old Windsor, however we have many other great members of our team!

Why is it important to replace missing teeth in Berkshire?

Missing teeth may often be overlooked, however they can have a detrimental effect on your oral health. Gaps within the mouth can cause a build-up of unwanted oral bacteria, which can develop into oral diseases and infections (such as gum disease). Aside from dental health concerns, missing teeth can be extremely uncomfortable, and even painful for patients attempting to chew and clean their teeth. Patients who are suffering from missing teeth may also find that their speech is impaired, and can suffer a decline in their self-esteem.

An unexpected consequence

Many of our patients may be unaware that missing teeth within the mouth can also result in an unfortunate effect to the appearance of the face. Missing teeth which are left untreated can lead the face to ‘slope’ causing an unwanted altered physical appearance for many of our patients.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are considered the best form of long lasting tooth replacement in the field of restorative dentistry, and at our dental practice, Old Windsor, we couldn’t agree more! Dental implants aim to replicate the natural tooth, and act as a stabilising fixture for the abutment (commonly referred to as the connector) and the porcelain crown.

What causes missing teeth in Berkshire?

Many patients may suffer from missing teeth due to an accident (such as falling off a bike or being involved in a sporting incident) however missing teeth can also be caused by oral diseases and infections. Tooth decay, and gum disease are common causes of gaps along the gum line, however some people are actually born with missing teeth (commonly referred to as congenitally missing teeth). Whatever the cause, missing teeth can cause our patients at Old Windsor extreme discomfort, sometimes even pain, and lowered self-esteem when attempting to partake in daily dental tasks such as eating, and brushing.

missing-teeth-berkshireFinding a cure for missing teeth in Berkshire

Patients who are suffering from missing teeth may wish to find a cure, whether this be for aesthetic physical reasons, an unwanted speech impairment, or due to health concerns. A common solution within the field of restorative dentistry are dental implants, which can not only be used for the replacement of single teeth, but can also be used to support dual arches of porcelain crowns within the mouth.

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a form of restorative dentistry which has risen dramatically in popularity within recent years, and for good reason! Dental implants essentially consist of three components, the first of which being the titanium screw, also referred to as the base and the actual implant. Dental implants are used to replicate the natural tooth’s root, and act as a stabilising base for the abutment (the connector) and the porcelain crown. Dental implants are a long-term solution for missing teeth, and can last many years when cared for correctly.

How do I care for my dental implants, once they have fully healed?

Many of our patients may believe that this particular form of restorative dentistry requires an extensive aftercare regime, however this is not necessarily the case. Dental implants are custom made at our dental clinic which means they are matched perfectly to the shape and shade of our patients’ natural surrounding teeth. Dental implants are certainly not considered as a ‘quick fix’ however after the area has fully healed (which can take months) the implants can be brushed and cared for in the same way as natural teeth.

Are dental implants suitable for the replacement of multiple missing teeth in Berkshire?

Yes! At our clinic in Berkshire we offer dental implants for several, or even whole rows of missing teeth within the mouth. Bridges are a common example of restorative dentistry that can be used to replace several missing teeth in the mouth, and consist of several porcelain crowns which are attached using a special dental adhesive.

What is denture stabilisation?

Dentures are extremely common and consist of several porcelain crowns, dentures are normally removed during the night. They are considered an excellent form of tooth replacement for patients who are missing one or even both arches of teeth, however many patients may lean more towards a stable alternative.

Denture stabilisation uses dental implants which are inserted within the jaw, the dentures can then be adhered using special dental fixtures.

Is denture stabilisation right for me?

Denture stabilisation may be a perfect option for patients who wish for a healthy looking smile, with a stable base. Denture stabilisation allows patients to eat and clean their teeth without having to remove them, which can lift a weight off many of our older patients’ shoulders.

Have you heard about dental implants in Windsor?

Undoubtedly, losing your teeth is distressing and can cause you to feel considerably self-conscious about how your smile looks minus one, or a couple of pearly whites.

dental-implants-windsorSo how are teeth commonly replaced? Advances in restorative dentistry have allowed people who are suffering from tooth loss, whether single or extensive, many several replacement methods from which to choose.

Dental implants in Windsor have risen in popularity ahead of bridges and dentures, due to the innumerable benefits that they provide.

Our clinic, Old Windsor, are suppliers of this groundbreaking treatment.  Our team comprises professionals trained in implant dentistry.  Visit our practice for more information.

Why should I opt for dental implants in Windsor?

You may have been told by advocates of dental implants that the device offers a superior user experience than that of other similar restoration aids.

Dental implants of Windsor indeed boast incredible advantages that will not only fix your smile but will return you to your old life without hassles caused by a faulty device.

As the implant replaces the old tooth at the root, you can enjoy a device that is firmly lodged into your jawbone and cannot be removed unless by professionals.  For this reason, you can eat without fear of breaking your aid, or have it accidentally falling out of place.

Additionally, aside from offering you all the conveniences that help you to lead a normal life, a tooth implant aids in regenerating your jaw bone.

Ordinarily, false teeth such as dentures may improve upon the appearance of your mouth. However, the device does little to regenerate the bone underneath. As a result of the bone not being stimulated, it starts to degenerate. Having an implant insert will help to repair the damage.

What are some other benefits?

Common complaints about false teeth are that they tend to look unnatural.

Tooth implants are subtle in that they look and function like real teeth.

How long does the procedure take?

If you are looking for a quick and easy solution, you will not find it with tooth implants.  The treatment requires multiple sessions with the dentists where a couple of procedures are administered, not to mention a lengthy healing period.  Adding to that, you may be required to undergo additional procedures to correct dental issues that may affect successful implantation, such as unhealthy gums, or an insufficient amount of bone in the area treated.

Who is not a suitable candidate for this treatment?

As we have mentioned, we run into complications when a patient has diseased gums or insufficient bones. While this does delay the process, obtaining implants remains possible.

Individuals who may be advised against implants ultimately include those with uncontrolled diabetes, people living with cancer, or those in a bad state of health generally.

Having these conditions may increase the chances of your implant failing.

How long does an implant last?

Unlike its counterparts which last approximately twelve to fifteen years, dental implants in Windsor can last a long time if well looked after.

The initial cost of the device may seem considerable, yet a worthwhile investment if you look at how long they can last.

Are you considering braces in Windsor? Here’s everything you should know

Getting braces is a big decision to make as it is, hopefully, a lifelong investment.

If you have only begun your research on straightening solutions, know that there is no “one-size-fits-all” to getting braces.  The appliance you have your eye on might not necessarily be right for you.

If you are seriously considering braces and need professional advice, visit our practice, Old Windsor Dental for a full consultation.

windsor-bracesWhat are suitable braces in Windsor for me?

In order for our professional staff to provide you with an answer to the above question, we must first conduct a thorough examination of your mouth so that we can diagnose you.

Remember that while braces straighten teeth, they also perform other functions as well, such as correcting a bad bite and correcting a misaligned jaw.

The examination, along with some questions we ask you will determine the gravity of your orthodontic problem.  Once we have that information, we can decide which treatment is right for you.

What are the options that are currently available?

Standard metal braces

Standard metal braces see widespread use.  Since they were first invented, these traditional braces have undergone major improvements, and are comfortable and more discreet than earlier models.

This straightening device moves your teeth into a better position over approximately two years.  In the first year, the crowns of your teeth are pulled into position, while the device moves the roots in the second year.

You may have to adjust your diet and cleaning regime with braces in Windsor, because they have to be worn at all times, even while you eat and brush your teeth.

To avoid breaking the wires of your braces, you should avoid eating hard food, or cut up what could potentially harm your appliance into smaller pieces.

With regards to cleaning your teeth, diligence is key.  Brush your teeth after every meal and when you snack, as food could get stuck in the metal brackets.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a popular choice among many people due to its discreet appearance. Invisalign aligners are made with translucent plastic that look practically invisible when positioned in your mouth.

They are also an effective straightening device that takes twelve to eighteen months to fix your orthodontic issue, which is six months fewer than more conventional methods.

Their removable nature is yet another benefit raved about by past Invisalign users.  The fact that the appliance is detachable allows you to eat and brush your teeth without being at all restricted.  One could say that when it comes to your oral health, Invisalign is better to use because it you can follow your current teeth-cleaning routine.

On the fence about getting braces in Windsor? Here are some of the general benefits?

Straighter teeth are not just nice to look at, but are generally healthier because plaque can no longer hide in those hard-to-reach spaces of your mouth.

At the same time, an attractive smile is good for your mental health because you will feel more confidence about the way your teeth look.

Why might I consider teeth whitening?

Individuals who may be considering teeth whitening in Berkshire may wish to pursue a form of cosmetic dentistry that improves their physical appearance, and therefore increases their self-confidence. Patients who may be leaning more towards this particular form of cosmetic dentistry may be suffering from extrinsic or intrinsic staining of the teeth (or both).

teeth-whitening-berkshireWhat causes staining of the teeth?

Intrinsic and extrinsic staining can be caused by a variety of factors, one of which being certain food or liquids.The consumption of highly pigmented food and drink can cause yellowing of the surface of the teeth, a few examples of this consist of red wine, curry, and certain lifestyle factors such as smoking, or consuming certain medications.

Aside from these reasons, individuals may be leaning more towards teeth whitening in Berkshire if they have tried using at home whitening treatments in the past, and have unfortunately experienced heightened sensitivity, or disappointing results.

How does teeth whitening in Berkshire work?

In terms of the treatment process itself, initially our highly trained and skilled dental team will give your teeth, gums, and mouth an overall assessment, deciding whether tooth whitening is the right cosmetic dental treatment for you. After we have elected to go ahead with treatment, a customised transparent plastic tray will be moulded and designed for your teeth, in terms of the product itself, a bleaching gel agent is inserted into the tray.

What are the benefits of receiving this particular form of cosmetic dentistry?

Patients who may be thinking of receiving tooth whitening (whether this be in our clinic, or at home) may be weighing up the positives and negatives of their chosen dental treatment. Teeth whitening in varying forms is an effective way to reduce or eliminate completely the signs of intrinsic and extrinsic staining. Aside from reducing staining, it can also dramatically improve the aesthetic appearance of a patient’s smile, with safe delivery by a skilled dental health care professional at our clinic in Berkshire.

The varying forms of tooth whitening we provide at our dental clinic in Berkshire

At our dental clinic within Berkshire, our team fully understands that our patients may require varying forms of cosmetic whitening treatments. Despite some of our patients feeling more comfortable receiving their tooth whitening at our clinic, some patients may have extremely hectic work and social lives, meaning teeth whitening at home may be more convenient for them.

Power whitening

Power teeth whitening is the bleaching treatment we use for patients who are receiving whitening at our practice. This form of treatment uses a bleaching agent, along with an activating light. Power whitening may be ideal for patients who want rapid results, lightening patients’ teeth by two shades in as little as sixty minutes.

At home tooth whitening

Patients who prefer to receive treatment in the comfort of their own home will be given a custom made transparent tray (along with the bleaching gel). These plastic trays can be worn for several hours in the day, or can be slept in, depending on your preference. With a two week treatment period, patients can expect to see a whiter and brighter appearance of their teeth, all overseen by their dentist.

Could you benefit from straighter teeth in Berkshire?

Straight to the point

straighter-teeth-berkshireHere at Old Windsor, one of the most widely sought after forms of treatment we provide to our patients are orthodontic solutions. Whilst the obvious aesthetic attraction to having straight teeth is not something to be overlooked, there are also a number of dental reasons as to why so many patients are seeking out straighter teeth in Berkshire. One of the most common rationales behind seeking out orthodontics from us at Old Windsor – despite aesthetic purposes – is to decrease the risk of tooth decay developing. This is due to the fact that straighter teeth are easier to clean as there are fewer harder to reach places, where plaque or tartar may build up, as there may be in teeth which are crooked or misaligned. Another reason as to why many patients wish to have straighter teeth in Berkshire is to maintain a higher level of healthy gums and prevent periodontal (or gum) disease, which is the highest cause of adult tooth loss across the country.

Conventional orthodontics

Here at Old Windsor, one of the most effective and long-lasting forms of orthodontics we provide is the installation of conventional, fused braces. They are a method of dental alignment which has existed for generations – and for good reason, as they are one of the most effective ways to realign your teeth. The process of receiving straighter teeth in Berkshire, through conventional orthodontic braces from our specialists here at Old Windsor, would typically begin with a consultation between the orthodontist and the patient. This is carried out to gauge whether or not the patient is eligible for treatment, as well as establish the extent of treatment that is needed. X-rays and digital renderings of the interior of the patient’s mouth will also be made at this point to give our orthodontists a better view of what they are working with. Thereafter, brackets are fused to the front of the patient’s teeth, which are then connected with dental wires. Over the course of treatment, which varies depending on each patient’s needs, but typically takes around twelve months, the wires apply pressure which moves the brackets together and gradually moves the patient’s teeth till they are straight.

Removable aligners

Whilst conventional braces are an effective method of dental realignment, they often largely impact on the outward appearance of those who seek them. As such, scientists and designers over the past decade, have created the removable aligner method of realignment. This form of orthodontics doesn’t require the use of typical tools such as fused brackets or connecting wires. The realignment is achieved by replacing these with a removable, plastic retainer. This retainer is custom made to fit over each patient’s tooth structure perfectly, and uses specifically targeted pressure points within it to slowly push the patient’s teeth back to their correct spacing. This form of orthodontics has become massively popular in recent years, and is generally sought after by younger adults and teenagers over conventional, fused bracket braces. This is largely due to the discreet, hidden nature of the treatment. As each custom-built retainer is made from a transparent plastic, when it is worn it is practically undetectable – which allows patients to achieve a straighter smile without it affecting how they are perceived by others.

Cleaning tips for our patients with dental Implants in Windsor

The most important part of any dental treatment, especially with implants, is making sure that there is a proper cleaning regime in place. One of the most common causes for an implant to fail is if Peri Implant Mucositis sets in, this is an inflammation of the gums caused by bacteria getting into healing gums.

dental-implants-windsorTo avoid this you should keep up a good oral health routine to help keep your implants in their new home. For those who might be struggling to find a cleaning technique that works, our team has provided a few tips for patients of dental implants in Windsor, to make things a little easier.

Avoid using an electric toothbrush

After you have been to see us for dental implants in Windsor it is strongly recommended that you use a manual brush to clean your teeth for a few days. Your gums are going to be very sensitive and tender as they heal, and the sonic vibrating heads of an electric brush could irritate your gums, or cause the implant to become damaged or dislodged.

Instead, using a normal soft bristled brush, gently clean around the new tooth at least twice a day as part of your usual oral hygiene routine.

Try interdental brushes

Sticking with brushing for a moment, to give your gums more help in healing, you might want to consider using interdental brushes. The soft and easily pliable heads of these brushes makes them perfect for gently cleaning in between teeth and around those hard to reach spots in your teeth.

If you’re still struggling with brushing then at Old Windsor dental practice our team of experienced dentists can provide a range of tips and advice on the right way to brush, and take care of a dental implant, to help give you that strong and natural smile you deserve.

Limit your use of mouthwash

For those who regularly rinse their mouth with a sterilising wash, it is highly recommended that you avoid doing so for a while. This is because the chemical compositions of some mouthwash brands can potentially irritate your gums as they heal, and over time this could slow down, or even cause some problems, with the healing process. If you still need to rinse there are implant friendly alternatives that your dentist could recommend.

Be gentle with dental floss

Flossing is an important part of any oral cleaning routine, but when you’re healing after the minor surgery that’s involved with implants you could do more harm than good if you’re not careful. Try to be gentle with dental floss, don’t pull too deep or hard around the implant as the floss could catch or damage it.

If you’re still struggling, try using floss threading devices as their unique shape allows you to gently clean around your teeth in difficult to reach spots without having to disturb them too much.

These are a small selection of tips from our team on how you can keep your implants clean as your gums heal. For further advice on the correct cleaning regime, or to schedule a check-up of your new tooth’s progress, then just get in touch with our team at the practice for a chat.

How braces in Windsor can benefit our mature patients

If your dentist ever brings up the topic of having a brace fitted it’s normally for a good reason.  It is not just a treatment for our younger patients. Going for a set of braces in Windsor when you’re an adult can be quite beneficial as it can help correct a number of issues surrounding your oral health.

benefit-windsor-bracesHere are just a few ways in which an adult patient at our practice could benefit from having a brace fitted.

Straighten out crooked teeth

At the top of the list we have the main use of braces in Windsor by our practice team and that is helping to straighten out misaligned teeth. As you get older plaque, tartar, and bacteria can hide in between those out of joint parts of your mouth and over time this can form cavities as well as put you at a higher risk of disease, or other infections, setting in.

Once they are nice and straight it’s much easier for our patients to clean between them and keep their teeth and gums healthy as they go into their twilight years.

Help strengthen your teeth

Over time your teeth can slowly turn and become misaligned, this is a natural process and in most cases they don’t move too much. But occasionally they can become crooked to such a degree that they can weaken the surrounding teeth as they no longer have a stable neighbour to lean against when you chew or bite. A brace can pull these twisted teeth back into position to strengthen your other teeth, stopping them from becoming loose.

At Old Windsor dental practice our team of experienced dental professionals can help you make your teeth last by providing you with a wealth of helpful information, as well as a range of treatments and techniques, to keep your teeth strong and intact as you get older.

Correct issues with your bite

Whether it’s an overbite, an underbite, or an aching feeling when you chew, a brace could potentially ease these symptoms. This is because when we chew or bite into something our jaw muscles exert pressure around our mouth and if there’s a misaligned part, either from crooked teeth or an extended bite, this force is unequally spaced out and as such we feel pain.

This can also lead to the teeth becoming cracked or chipped because of the pressure placed on them for so many years. Straightening out these portions of your mouth can help lessen these feelings of discomfort brought on by an uneven bite.

These are just a few of the various ways in which our adult patients can benefit from a set of braces. Having a set of healthy straight teeth as you get older will always be beneficial to you in the long run as it can help lower your risk of further oral health complications.

For further information on how a brace could benefit you just get in touch with our team at the practice for a chat.

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