Do you want to have dental implants, but are concerned about the procedure? A step by step guide to implant fittings by Old Windsor Dental Practice

Whether you have a single gap in your smile or could do with a new set of teeth, implants could be a great way to restore your smile to its former glory and allow you to regain functionality of your teeth.

windsor-dental-implantsFar more than just a prosthesis, at Old Windsor Dental Practice, we help patients regain their confidence with the help of dental implants in Windsor. If you are fed up with having to rotate your diet around what your current prostheses can handle, then dental implants in Windsor may be the answer you are looking for!

But are you concerned that having implants fitted will be uncomfortable? Have you heard of an instance in the media of an implant fitting going wrong?

Not to worry! We have composed a step by step guide of how our dentists fit dental implants in Windsor for you to read through before deciding whether this is the procedure for you.

Step 1

Our dentists will assess the condition of your jawbone with X-rays while also checking surrounding nerves and blood vessels.

If you do not have enough jawbone to accommodate an implant, our team may discuss bone grafting options with you.

Step 2

At your first surgical appointment, our team will numb specific areas in your mouth and using a scalpel, will make an incision and peel back the gum.

A pilot hole is then carefully drilled into your jawbone, as our team will gradually make this hole wider, preventing overheating of the site with regular flushing. This is important, as damaged bone can make it negatively impact on the success of any implants.

Step 3

We may use a self-threading implant to secure it in place but if not, a thread will be placed through your jaw which matches the thread of the implant.

Once your implant(s) are secured into your jawbone, we will place an ‘implant cap’ over the top to seal it and protect it from bacteria present in the mouth. This cap will also prevent excessive movement.

Your gum will then be sewn together with either dissolvable stitches or ones that require another visit to a member of our dental team to remove.

Step 4

And now, we wait!

It can take up to 6 months for your new implants to fuse with your jawbone, so you will be required to come in and see us for further X-rays and other tests to determine if your implants are settling successfully. If they aren’t, our team will discuss further options with you, such as further bone grafting.

If our team decides that your implants have fused, you can then have your new teeth fitted securely to your implants.

You will leave our surgery with a new set of natural looking teeth, that, with correct dental care, can last between 20 to 40 years!

Do you or your child have a brace fitting coming up?

It is one of the most common forms of dentistry performed today; despite the positive results and great smiles that are created by it, it is one of the most dreaded procedures in dentistry. What can you expect when you or a loved one has an orthodontic aligner fitted?

childrens-braces-windsorIf you or a loved one are told you need an orthodontic braces in Windsor, you may feel worried about what that entails and what impact it will have on your life.

At Old Windsor Dental Practice, we are proud of the smiles we have created with the help of orthodontic braces in Windsor and can assure you, or your loved one, that in the long run, that gorgeous new smile will make it all worth it!

While we cannot guarantee how the wearing of an orthodontic aligner will impact on your life away from our surgery, we can assuage your worries as to how our dentists will proceed with fitting your braces in Windsor and can provide you with a bit more insight into the overall procedure.

Step 1

An initial consultation with our orthodontist will help us get a better idea of how we can help realign your teeth.

This involves a thorough examination of your teeth, along with X-rays and even moulds being taken if deemed necessary. Our orthodontist will devise a treatment plan with you and if you have any concerns or questions, this is a great time to ask, before you decide to proceed.

Step 2

This appointment will be extremely long, so we advise you not to book anything important for the rest of the day!

Our team will gently clean and condition your teeth, to provide a smooth surface for the brackets and the cement.

Your brackets are placed based on the overall design decided by your orthodontist, so don’t be worried if at first glance, they look a bit wonky! It is all with purpose.

Step 3

Once we are happy your brackets are secure, we will insert the wires.

This part may be a bit fiddly, but our dental team need to be confident that the wire will not move of its own accord and will be secure enough for future adjustments.

Step 4

Now that your new aligner is in place, our team will discuss with you how to take care of it properly, how to look after your teeth and gums throughout the treatment, as well as advising you on which toothpaste to use.

Depending on whether we feel you may benefit, we may book an appointment for you with our hygienist, who can advise you on brushing techniques and on which brushes are best suited to keep your mouth in top shape!

Remember, though this procedure may seem  a bit overwhelming, you may not have to wear your orthodontic aligner for very long and it is an investment in a straighter, healthier smile, that will last a lifetime!

What are Dental implants in Berkshire?

Dental implants in Berkshire are essentially a small titanium screw (typically less than one centimetre long) that is inserted into a hole within the gums. Dental implants are used when patients have lost a singular tooth, however multiple dental implants can be inserted when there is more than one tooth missing. One example of this is an All on four dental implant or a ‘bridge’. Dental implants can be used when a whole row of teeth are missing, as well as dentures (although these are not as permanent and have to be removed when eating and cleaning).

Dental Implants in BerkshireAn individual may choose to undergo dental implants if they wish for a permanent fixture within the mouth, such as a porcelain crown. A porcelain crown is a natural looking imitation of the natural teeth, and can be perfectly matched to the shade of the tooth. Maintenance in terms of dental implants is simple, and can be looked after in the same way as your natural teeth.

What are the benefits of receiving dental implants?

One of the benefits of receiving dental implants is the fact that they appear completely as if they were natural teeth; the shade, shape and alignment of the implant can be altered by us, which is a huge advantage to many of our patients who aim to achieve a natural smile. Losing teeth can have unexpected health concerns; a dental implant within the mouth can help reduce damage to the bone, whilst encouraging regrowth and stimulation. A lack of missing teeth within the mouth can help reduce the signs of aging or a ‘sunken look’. Dental implants restore the natural function of the teeth, meaning patients can eat and clean their teeth as they usually would.

Why choose us to undergo your dental implants in Berkshire?

At our clinic, we aim to deliver high quality, professional, and comfortable dental and orthodontic care. We fully understand that patients may feel nervous when visiting the dentist, which is why we aim to ease their concerns within an initial consultation. Nervousness and anxiety surrounding the dentist may arise for a variety of reasons, one of which being an irrational fear or phobia, or maybe a negative childhood experience.

Does the treatment hurt, and how do I book an initial consultation?

No, it shouldn’t hurt, although a small level of discomfort may be experienced during the treatment process. However, our patients are placed under a general anesthetic and will therefore be comfortable during the process. In order to book an initial consultation, you can easily enter your details via our website, and enter a suitable time for an appointment, by following a few simple steps.

How much do dental implants cost?

The price of dental work always differs greatly depending on the severity of the dental case, as well as the patient’s financial position. Implants and crowns start from around £1250, however payment plans can be arranged to fund this. Private dental insurance, such as Bupa, can also be arranged. We also offer interest free payment plans as finance options, and therefore you can choose to pay for your treatment in monthly installments.

What is mouth cancer and why is it important to have a mouth cancer screening?

Mouth cancer (also commonly known and referred to as oral cancer) is easy to spot, so it is vital to have regular dental check ups and appointments (typically every six months) to ensure the signs are spotted early, and so mouth cancer can be prevented. Mouth cancer causes ulcers and lumps, as well as other more severe symptoms within the mouth. Although it is not commonly known, mouth cancer (or ‘oral cancer’) can affect a large number of individuals’ lives, although it is not commonly heard of in comparison to other forms of cancers, such as lung cancer.

Mouth Cancer Screening in BerkshireWhat are some of the symptoms of mouth or ‘oral’ cancer?

Some of the few physical symptoms within the body can consist of ulcers and lumps (within the mouth and the neck), as well as a strange feeling of the lips. These lumps and bumps within the mouth will not fade or leave the body in the way that normal abnormalities would; ulcers will not disappear after several weeks for example. One common symptom may be the loss of one or several teeth within the mouth, as well as a red or yellow patch on the inside of the mouth. One other example, which may not be commonly associated with oral cancer, is essentially pain (this may be within the mouth itself, or even within the ear, or surrounding areas of the ear).

What can I expect from a mouth cancer screening in Old windsor Berkshire?

During a mouth cancer screening (commonly referred to as an oral screening) patients can expect a quicker consultation time than they would probably expect. A handheld device is used by us to check and assess the mouth area for ulcers, lumps, and any other signs of oral cancer within the mouth. We will then quickly analyse the abnormalities within the mouth and determine a diagnosis. Catching these symptoms early on can help prevent the development of oral cancer (hence the name of preventative dentistry).

We will assess and analyse your medical history, in order to help make your diagnosis. An assessment of your external mouth and inner mouth is also analysed, as well as the neck, and we will also carry out a physical investigation.

Why is it important to have regular check ups, and why do some individuals refrain from regular dental appointments?

Some patients may refrain from having regular dental check ups for a variety of reasons, one of which may be financial. Patients who don’t receive dental or orthodontic care under the national health service may avoid frequent trips to their local dental clinic. However, having a frequent dental check up and assessment is extremely important for maintaining dental hygiene, and preventing oral issues, such as mouth cancer. Early detection of mouth cancer, and other dental issues, can maintain a healthy mind and body.

One other reason for lack of visits may be due to nerves, a negative childhood experience for example can create a negative stigma of a dental environment. However, we are used to patients feeling nervous and we are able to accomodate for them by providing gentle and caring dental treatments.

What to expect with dental implants in Windsor

The ways in which we can cosmetically improve your teeth have come along in leaps and bounds over the years, thanks to ongoing improvements in the dental industry. Now we can straighten up those crooked teeth, and fill out a gap-toothed gum line, to leave you with a star quality smile.

Dental Implants in WindsorOne type of cosmetic treatment we can use to help you buff up those chompers, is through the insertion of an implant. Here’s a brief summary of what you can expect when you book an appointment for dental implants in Windsor.

What are they?

Although they sound pretty surgical, this treatment is fairly minor and not as overly invasive as it may seem. It basically involves the insertion of a prosthetic tooth into a pre chosen point in your gum line, to either fill in gaps or to replace critically damaged teeth. The new implant is normally made from Porcelain, and your dentist will take a cast of the area to ensure it blends in with the surrounding teeth, in order to give you a natural looking smile.

What does the procedure involve?

The treatment process itself is fairly minor and involves inserting a sterile Titanium screw into your jawbone. A cap is then placed on this screw and a prosthetic tooth is then fitted to it, either then or at a later date. Generally, there are two methods of implantation; the Endosteal and Subperiosteal.

The first method is as we described above, but the second involves implanting the screw below your gum-line but above the bone. This tends to be used when there is not enough healthy bone in your jaw to graft to, or reconstructive surgery of the area is not an option.

Even though it all sounds fairly complicated, in reality it’s fairly simple.

When you visit Old Windsor Dental Practice our team will take you through the implantation process step by step. We take things at your pace and will only proceed when you feel comfortable with your treatment.

Are there benefits?

There are numerous advantages to booking an appointment for dental implants in Windsor. To begin with, the prosthetic blends right in with your surrounding teeth and creates a natural, more pleasing smile. It’s also very easy to keep clean; we recommend just brushing it as you would the rest of your teeth, although try to avoid mouthwash for a while as the chemicals can irritate your gum’s ability to heal.

 Complications of implantation

Like any treatment, there are things that can go wrong if you don’t look after it. With implantation, you can run the risk of Peri-implant Mucositis, which is the inflammation of the area surrounding the tooth. This can occur when bacteria builds up around the implant and can cause it to become loose, as well as degrade the surrounding bone if it’s left untreated.

Hopefully this has helped clear up a few facts about the implantation process. If you’re curious about what this type of treatment can offer you, then please ask us on your next appointment.

The benefits of Invisible braces in Windsor

Thanks to ongoing improvements in the dental industry, there are now more ways we can help you improve your smile. More high-tech treatments have become fairly common, like a custom fitted brace. In fact, we have a lot of patients booking appointments with us for invisible braces in Windsor, as a great solution to their dental needs.

Braces in WindsorWhat are they?

The procedure is pretty self-explanatory, but here’s a brief summary for those that haven’t heard of this before. It essentially involves the fitting of a specially moulded brace that your dentist will use to slowly correct crooked teeth. A gentle amount of pressure is placed over the teeth, over a long period of time, in order to realign them, and you may need to come back in for a separate appointment for a new fitting of your braces in Windsor, so as to match your changing teeth.

The fitting process

The method of having them fitted is where things start to get interesting. Normally the procedure will involve a consultation meeting, and then your dentist will use a laser or LEDs to map out the layout of your teeth. This is done to ensure the brace fits correctly, yet still applies pressure at the right points along your mouth.

After the scanning is complete, a 3D image will be created, and this will be used to show you how your teeth will be realigned. A fun bonus of this stage is that you get to see how your straightened smile will look. Then a brace will be moulded, and you just have to wear it for as long as you’re instructed to, it’s that simple!

At Old Windsor Dental Practice, our team will ensure the fitting process is quick, easy and involves minimal discomfort to you at all times.

Are there benefits?

There are numerous advantages to using this type of treatment, which is why it has become so popular with our patients. The biggest benefit is that because the appliance is see-through, you won’t have to feel self-conscious about wearing it out and about.

Second, is that it’s incredibly easy to keep clean. We recommend that you use a small diluted amount of bleach mixed with water, then lightly brush this mixture over the appliance at least once every other day. Regular cleaning helps to get rid of built up bacteria and reduce staining.

Aftercare advice for patients

Once you leave our practice, there are a few things to keep in mind at home, in order to ensure your realignment goes smoothly and your appliance lasts.

There may be some discomfort over time, as the brace applies what our patients call “pressure” on the teeth. We recommend painkillers when necessary, to counter this, or short removal of the appliance. Although, if you do plan on taking it out, try to limit it to a few hours as it needs to be kept in place at least 22 hours a day. Also, when it’s removed, try to keep it in a hard-bodied container, as this will prevent accidental damage, as well as allowing the appliance to remain relatively sterile.

Hopefully this has helped to clear up a few facts about this unique treatment. If you’re looking to straighten up your smile, then try asking us about your options for realignment on your next appointment.

Considering dental implants?

Have you lost your teeth due to an accident? Do you struggle to smile in pictures because you are conscious people will see? Or maybe you have lost a tooth due to the erosion of tooth enamel. Whatever the case may be, our practice Old Windsor can help restore your smile by offering you one of our treatments, dental implants in Berkshire.

Dental Implants in BerkshireWhat are dental implants?

Dental implants are small screws usually made out of titanium which are placed in the jawbone where there should be a tooth. Considered to be a replacement tooth root, they provide a stable foundation for a replacement tooth or teeth to be fixed which are made to match the natural shape and shade of your remaining teeth.

Are dental implants suitable for me?

If you are interested in our dental implants in Berkshire, the dental professionals at our practice will assess whether this treatment is suitable for you. Our patients should have enough bone to hold the implant and healthy gums. Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine is also important alongside regular visits to the dentist to ensure that the implants last as long as possible.

How does it work?

Dental implants require more than one surgical procedure and it can be a process that takes many months from start to finish. Under a local anaesthetic, our oral surgeon will make a small incision in your gum which exposes the bone. A hole is then drilled into the bone where the dental implant will be placed. As the implant will serve as a tooth root, it will be drilled quite deep into the bone to ensure that it is sturdy and secure for the replacement tooth.

Before the permanent tooth can be fixed on to the metal screw, the jawbone will have to fuse with the surface of the implant in order to provide a solid base for the replacement tooth. As this is a process that can potentially take several months, a temporary tooth is placed in the gap for aesthetic purposes while the jawbone unites with the top of the implant. Once the gum has healed, our dentist will take an impression of your remaining teeth which will be used to make the new implant crown. Once the replacement tooth has been made, it will be placed under sterile conditions at our practice. The whole process can take between six to nine months, but this is dependent on how many teeth are being replaced and the healing period for each patient.

After the placement surgery, you may experience some discomfort such as swelling or small bruising in the gum. If this is the case, it is recommended that you take painkillers or ibuprofen to treat the pain. The discomfort should only last a day and you should expect to resume normal activities such as work on the following day.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants are considered to be very durable and can last for many years. They can also improve your speech and allow you to eat your favourite foods without any worry about your teeth falling out. Dental implants are also made to look like your natural teeth.

So if you are ever looking to have dental implants in Berkshire, visit Old Windsor Dental Practice where we will be able to provide a service that will leave you satisfied.

Orthodontics in Berkshire, a guide

A county in the south east of England, Berkshire is known as a romantic place with a wide array of towns, beautiful countryside and villages for you to relax and explore. Home to Windsor Castle and the birthplace of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, not only does Berkshire possess historic gravitas and have royal links, it is also made up of a warm and friendly community which provides services you can count on. So if you are suffering from crooked or crowded teeth, or feel your bite needs correction, our practice Old Windsor Dental based in Berkshire provides orthodontic treatment in order to help our patients achieve their desired smile.

Orthodontics in BerkshireWhat do we mean by orthodontics?

Orthodontics in Berkshire refers to the dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws. Orthodontic treatment generally uses appliances in order to correct teeth that are crooked or crowded. We provide many treatments all dependant on the exact dental problem that our patients experience.

If you are researching orthodontics in Berkshire, our dental practice, Old Windsor provides our patients with a high quality service and aims to provide the best dental healthcare service for all the family.

About Us

Established in 1981, our practice was taken over by the current owner, Dr Utpalendu Bose in 2008. Dr Bose has been working at our practice as an associate since 1996 and since then, Old Windsor has experienced continuous growth and development. We now provide many dental services, including orthodontic treatment for both our adult and junior patients.

What treatments are available for me?

As previously mentioned, orthodontics in Berkshire provide solutions for our patients who are dealing with crowded teeth or desire for their teeth to be straighter. Our treatments are also aimed to correct the teeth of patients who have problems with their bite and are unhappy about the way their top and bottom teeth align.

At Old Windsor, our first stage of treatment is a consultation where one of our dental professionals will assess the current state of your teeth and how they are likely to develop. A dentist will assess this by taking X-rays and photographs of your teeth. Once these have been taken and assessed, our dentist will recommend which orthodontic treatment is suitable for you. One option which may be suggested are fixed braces.

How do fixed braces work?

Fixed braces are a non removable type of brace commonly used to correct a number of teeth and prevent any dental problems from arising in the future. These braces are made out of metal brackets that are bonded onto a patient’s teeth and linked by a wire which helps to gently guide the teeth to the desired position. This treatment can last between 18 and 24 months although timescales may vary depending on the patient.

Are fixed braces worth the hassle?

This orthodontic treatment works very well, however it is important that during the treatment you maintain a good oral hygiene regime, for example taking extra precautions when cleaning your teeth to remove trapped food and plaque which is more likely to build up due to the fixed braces. After treatment it is also stressed to our patients that they continue to wear a retainer which will be given after the fixed braces have been removed to avoid the teeth moving out of position.

Why should I replace missing teeth with dental implants?

Not only may you feel embarrassed about the condition of your smile when you have one or more missing teeth, especially in prominent areas, but there are many health benefits that you can enjoy when you have a completely functional and full set of teeth again.

Dental Implants in WindsorMissing teeth can negatively affect how you bite and chew, leading you to unconsciously alter your eating habits to suit your oral health rather than your physical needs. You may find that at the site of a lost tooth you feel pain, either from eating foods that get stuck and cut your exposed and sensitive gums, or because of infection that easily occurs due to the build up of bacteria in the socket.

Bad breath can also become an issue, something you may have never associated with your missing tooth or teeth. Other teeth can suffer as they are put under additional strain. They tend to shift and move to compensate for a lost tooth, which can leave them open to injury or even to lose stability in the jaw.

Over time, the jawbone begins to resorb when it is not stimulated by a tooth root. This can prematurely age the face, giving it a sunken look as well as lessening the density of your entire jawbone, leaving other teeth susceptible to issues.

Dental implants in Windsor are the only solution that allows for this stimulation to carry on after a tooth has been lost. Dentures unfortunately do not provide the right kind of stimulation that is needed to maintain jawbone density.

So by speaking with one of us today about having dental implants in Windsor, you can regain full functionality of your smile again and keep your smile healthy.

How are they placed?

It is a minor surgical procedure where a titanium rod is screwed into the jawbone at the precise location for maximum comfort and minimal healing time. The spot is pinpointed with the use of innovative digital scanners which we are proud to have access to.

This can all be done in the dentist chair under the strictest of sterile conditions to ensure that your implant has the highest likelihood of success. In fact, this treatment globally is well known for its high success and satisfaction rates, leading it to be one of the most popular treatments available today.

It will take several weeks to heal and several more months for complete fusion of the titanium rod to the jawbone to be completed. It depends on your personal situation whether we can attach a crown or a bridge to the titanium rod immediately or we wait until initial healing is completed before doing so.

Once your implant has healed, you can treat your new tooth normally, being able to bite and chew without concern.

We will be with you during every step of the process, including the all important aftercare to ensure that everything is progressing smoothly and seamlessly. By taking appropriate care of your implant, there is no reason why it should not last for a significant amount of time.

Brace yourself for braces and love your smile again

Through the many years of experience that we have had, we have come to see all kinds of patients who need braces in Windsor walk through our doors. From teenagers with misaligned bites suffering from jaw and head pain, to adults who are looking to get that smile they have always wanted.

Braces in WindsorMany of you seem to wait for years before finally taking the plunge and coming in to speak with us about your options. And as it happens, after treatment, many of you simply wish you had done it sooner. Braces in Windsor help to make a positive, lifelong change that leaves you feeling more confident about your smile, with a healthier smile to boot.

There are so many options available now that we are positive we can find a system that will blend in with your lifestyle and give you the results you are looking for. From mild misalignments to more complex cases, we are well equipped and seriously trained for the job.

Our dentists love to see the transformation happen right before their eyes; as smiles are transformed and patients are over the moon with the results. To make your transformation become a reality, speak with one of us today for a consultation that provides you with the knowledge that you need. This will aid you in establishing an informed decision on one of the greatest transformations that you can make to your smile.

What options are there available?

Generally, there are two forms of aligners that are available that you can choose from, depending on the severity of your case; fixed or removable. A fixed aligner consists of brackets that are glued to the teeth with wires that connect each bracket. The wires are then controlled by your dentist to pull the teeth into the right position.

These are great for complex cases and are thought of as the more traditional model available. You can however, discuss with us whether you are eligible to wear a lingual model, that is attached to the back of your teeth instead of the front.

Removable models are either clear plastic trays or a plate that is worn by you for a minimum of 20 hours each day. You are permitted to remove it to eat and to brush your teeth but it should be worn at night. They gently pull teeth into the right position either by you wearing a new tray every week or by your dentist gently manipulating parts of the plate.

Does it hurt?

We cannot say that the treatment will be completely pain free for the first few days after your next stage in the treatment process, you may feel some aching or sensitivity in your teeth and gums as they adjust to the new position that they are being forced into.

It does calm down after a while and we can prescribe you with pain relief during this time. You may also find that by eating soft foods you will be more comfortable. After several months, you can begin to notice the dramatic change in your smile, the journey is never in vain when wearing braces in Windsor.