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Common Dental Implant Myths Debunked

Dental implants in Windsor remain one of the best treatments to replace natural teeth and restore full functionality back to the mouth. At our dental clinic we ensure we use quality implants to ensure our patients receive implants that offer a lifetime of service. The critical factor, however, is that these natural-looking restorations do need to be looked after properly.

Dental Implants in WindsorWith the treatment being available in the dental industry for many years now, there have been many misconceptions doing the rounds on tooth implants. Don’t let these common myths stop you from considering tooth implants.

5 Misconceptions surrounding tooth implants

  1. Implants aren’t worth their price tag

As cost is a huge consideration, the value of implants is often called into question. There is a difference between the cost of tooth implants and other tooth replacement treatments, but considering the benefits offered and the service life, implants repay the investment many times over. Whereas some treatments only last for a limited time before they need replacing, as long as quality implant material are used and integration takes place successfully and the patient looks after his or her oral health, they have tooth replacement implants for life.

  1. Extra care and maintenance is required

Tooth implants make keeping the mouth clean and healthy much easier compared to traditional dental treatments. There is no fussing with wires and brackets or the worry of these breaking. The same hygiene practices of brushing and flossing properly apply and routine professional cleaning and oral check-ups are recommended.

  1. Surgical procedure is painful

Due to the fact that a surgical procedure (a minor one) is required for implantation, many people mistakenly believe that it would be painful. At our dental practice we use local anaesthetic and sedation techniques (at the request of our patients) in carrying out dental implants in Windsor. Our dental practitioner will also talk patients through ways of minimising any discomfort during the recovery period.

  1. Healing process takes too long

The surgical procedure itself can be carried out within an hour and recovery will take a few days. The process of the implant fusing with the gum and jaw bone does take some time – between two to six months. During this period it is not usual for the patient to experience any discomfort and everyday life is not affected.

  1. Getting implants is dangerous

Dental practitioners consider the treatment completely safe and effective. Studies suggest a success rate of as high as 95 percent. Before suggesting a treatment, our dental practitioners make certain that the patient is a suitable candidate. Not every patient qualifies as a candidate for implants as certain oral health conditions need to be met. These critical conditions include good gum health and quality of supporting jaw bone.

Don’t let false beliefs hold you back from obtaining the dental care that you need. At Old Windsor Dental Practice we welcome your questions and are happy to address your concerns when seeking dental treatment. To know whether you make the perfect candidate for tooth implants, schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dental practitioners and let us help you to a radiant smile.

Dental implants: restore your health and put a smile back on your face

Having a tooth replaced by implantology might sound daunting to you. However, advancements in cosmetic dentistry have made the procedure relatively painless and the benefits lifelong. Consult with our practitioners at Old Windsor Dental about the possibility of getting dental implants in Windsor.

Dental Implants in WindsorWhat is dental implantology and how does it work?

Implantology combines state of the art technology with the body’s biological processes. We embed a screw made of titanium into the jaw bone during a simple surgery. Titanium is a metal the body sees as its own, so instead of identifying the piece as something foreign, surrounding bone and tissue grow over the screw over three or four months.

Once this process, which is called ossification, is complete, we place the abutment on top of the screw. The abutment connects and secures the replacement crown to the metal.

During the time ossification takes place, a crown which is identical to the colour and shape of your natural teeth, is created from x-rays and dental impressions.

What can implants do that alternative replacement methods cannot?

Having a missing tooth or using dentures or bridgework means that the tooth is not replaced at the root. As a result, your jaw is under stimulated from a lack of pressure of a tooth pushing down on the tissue as you chew and eat, and deteriorates from lack of use. The jaw softens and changes the structure of your face, making you appear older.

Easy maintenance is another reason more people are opting for implants. Not only do they look and work like a natural tooth, but they can be cleaned like one too. Keep to your regular cleaning routine: brush twice a day, do not forget to floss, and rinse out the excess plaque with an antibacterial mouthwash.

Your frequently asked questions answered

You asked, and we answered, read below for further clarification on dental implants in Windsor.

  • Is the surgery painful?

Let us put it this way – getting a tooth extracted hurts more, plus the topical anaesthetic numbs the affected area. Enquire about being put under sedation if you are extremely anxious or nervous about the procedure. You might experience some discomfort afterwards, treat it with regular painkillers.

  • How long does implantology take – from embedding the screw to flaunting a natural-looking artificial tooth?

Depending on how quickly the bone fuses with the implant and the healing time, between three to four months. The time frame differs from person to person.

  • Three to four months is a long time, can I get a replacement tooth in the meanwhile?

Yes, you can. You can ask for a temporary replacement tooth after the implant is secured into the jaw, while you wait for your permanent artificial tooth. Please note, though, that the tooth is temporary – you will need to have it replaced.

  • Can implants fail?

Very rarely do implants fail – there is a 98% global success rate. There is a chance the body might reject them if you have a metal allergy.

At the same time, you have to be reasonably healthy before we can consider you for implants. If you do not have enough bone where the implant can sit, you might have to get bone grafts before undergoing implant surgery.

In this day and age, you no longer have to live with gaps in your teeth, thanks to replacement teeth. That said, dental implants in Windsor provide everyday conveniences and benefits that other treatments do not.

Do my children really need braces?

Your teenager might be at the age where his or her peers are having their teeth straightened, and it is something that you and your child may view with trepidation. We at Old Windsor Dental understand your concerns, for the parent, it is an expensive investment that might not seem all that necessary. Whilst not perfect, your child’s teeth appear straight enough to you. At the same time, your offspring might be reluctant at the idea because of how braces look and subsequently, how they might be judged when wearing them.

Braces in WindsorStraightening teeth is not just about having a beautiful smile

Orthodontic treatments do not only result in a physical transformation but also provide pivotal health benefits you should consider before you put off orthodontic devices for another few years.

While it is never too late for a person to fix a misalignment, the recommended age to do so is early adolescence while the teeth and jaw are still forming and can be moved into their correct position easily, which could mean a less complicated method and shorter duration of treatment.

Failure to do so could lead to teeth becoming more crooked and challenging to clean, or developing a protruding overbite that places undue pressure on the jaw.

What are the main reasons for considering an orthodontic device?

Misaligned teeth are grounds for getting braces in Windsor, but so is a malocclusion. In layman’s terms, malocclusion is a bite problem that occurs when the upper and lower jaw are different sizes. An overbite results when the size of the upper jaw supersedes the lower and an underbite manifests when the lower jaw is more prominent.

A severe malocclusion, if left untreated, could impact your child’s dental health because the teeth will not be able to function as they should, and so he or she might face difficulties when eating and talking.

Will the experience be traumatic for my child?

We can treat children from ten and upwards for their crooked teeth, but we understand that you might have concerns. Consult with our orthodontist to determine whether your child is ready for braces in Windsor or if they are not yet emotionally prepared and need more time. For example, you might have reservations about your child’s current lack of discipline when it comes to brushing and taking care of their teeth.

There are some misconceptions about braces in Windsor which are likely to heighten your fear and anxiety that are not entirely true. One of them concerns pain and discomfort. While your child might experience some sensitivity when they first get their braces fitted, this lasts a few days. Soothe the discomfort with a soft diet and mild child-friendly pain tablets. Mouth sores can also occur when metal rubs on the inside of the mouth, treat these with a numbing gel.

When should I book my child’s first appointment with the orthodontist?

There is not a set age or time, but your local dentist might advise or refer you to a specialist.

What will the orthodontist do?

On the first visit, our orthodontist will examine the teeth, mouth and jaw, and ask the child to bite their teeth together. We will ask whether the child has difficulty chewing and swallowing and if the jaw makes funny clicking noises to assess the extent of the problem.

X-rays are then taken to view the current position of the teeth and see whether the child is still developing permanent ones.

Straightening aids are a long-term investment that positively affect your offspring’s lifestyle. Create happier and healthier versions of your children under the healing hands of our orthodontist.

Wondering if your child will need braces?

There are things that all parents worry about with regard to the long-term health of their children. After all, we all only get one pair of eyes, ears, feet, arms and 2 sets of teeth. The second set have to last for decades and decades though, so having good, strong, straight teeth is important.

Orthodontics in BerkshireAre you wondering if your child is going to have teeth that last really well? And what can you do to support the longevity of their teeth? Well, at home it means setting a good example with oral hygiene, and having to stand over your kids at the bathroom basin twice a day, every day, for the first several years of their lives. Apart from that, one of the most important things you can do for your kids is check out whether they will need orthodontics, and if so, make sure they get them.

Orthodontics is the dental name for that area of dentistry that deals with correcting crooked teeth and misaligned bites. Here at The Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire, Dr Emmett Hegarty is our orthodontist.

He offers orthodontic check-ups so that parents can find out if their child is going to need some kind of braces or other treatment to bring their teeth into alignment, and possibly also their jaws.

With digital x-rays and scans, it is now possible to see how adult teeth are going to come through before they actually do, and to plan for what lies ahead.

Orthodontic check-ups are carried out on children as young as 7, just as the adult teeth are about to come through. This means that, if necessary, treatment can start from around the age of 9, and teeth can be guided into place.

How long the treatment will take depends upon the complexity and severity of the issues. Mild misalignments may only take weeks or months. More complex or severe issues can take a couple of years.

While teeth can be straightened at any age, jaws that need remodelling to comfortably accommodate all the teeth need to be worked on before the bone sets hard at around age 18.

To find out more, please ring and ask about a consultation.

Keeping your braces to yourself

There are some things we want everyone to know about. Great achievements, such as passing your driving test, need to be celebrated far and wide. Most of us don’t like to go on about having driving lessons, in case we get a barrage of well-meaning advice that we really don’t need. It’s the same with getting teeth straightened. People look forward to celebrating when the braces come off, but while they are on, they want to keep their treatment to themselves.

Invisible Braces in BerkshireCue invisible braces, surely one of dentistry’s most popular research developments over the past couple of decades. Here at The Old Windsor Dental Practice in Berkshire, we have a couple of ways to get teeth straightened.

Clear aligners

Imagine if you could put cling film over your teeth and make it fit perfectly. No one would ever know that you have something over your teeth. It’s like that with Invisalign clear aligners. They look like mouth guards, but the rigid, transparent plastic is ultra-thin, only 0.3mm. It hugs your teeth, and around the top of each aligner it also hugs your gumline.

Once your aligners are in place, no one can see them, except maybe your mum or your partner. Otherwise, you can sail through your day, conducting important business meetings with an air of authority, going to parties, and on hot dates, and none of the people you are with will be any the wiser that you are getting your teeth straightened.

It takes a year, on average, for these invisible braces to do their job. They don’t work on every issue though, which is why we also have…

Lingual braces

Lingual braces are bracket and wire braces, which are better for complex or severe alignment issues. What makes these braces invisible is the fact that they are attached to the side of the teeth nearest the tongue, hence the name. Made by Incognito, the brackets are custom-made for each tooth and because treatments are often more complex, they can take a couple of years to complete.

If you’d like to find out more about invisible braces, why not come in for a consultation?

A safe and long-lasting way to replace lost teeth

When you think about how prosthetic limbs have changed in the past couple of decades, let alone centuries, the advances medicine has made in replicating feet, hands, arms and legs is pretty impressive. It’s the same with replacing lost teeth. We have moved from the dental equivalent of the peg leg to something that works as well and looks just like the teeth you have lost. We call the latest generation of replacement teeth dental implants.

Dental Implants in WindsorIn Windsor, dental implants from us at The Old Windsor Dental Practice are proving to be nearly everyone’s first choice for replacement teeth. This is because they do such a good job of mimicking the teeth that have been lost; whether it’s just one tooth, several teeth or even all of your teeth that have to be replaced.

The reason for the effectiveness of dental implants is that they are the first time we have been able to replace the root of the tooth as well as the crown. It all started back in the 1950s, when a Swedish scientist stumbled on a material that could be put into the body and not be rejected as a foreign object. That material is titanium, which also happens to be lightweight, strong and non-corrosive. It is the ideal implant material and the body treats it like an old friend, growing new tissue all over the dental implants in Windsor once they have been inserted into your jawbone.

Windsor dental implants have several life benefits. They include:

Full functionality

Dental implants fuse with your jawbone and this gives such a firm anchor for the replacement crowns that go on top that you can eat whatever you like without having to worry about breakage or wobbling.

Jawbone health

Jawbones deteriorate wherever they lose a tooth root, but dental implants stop this by acting in the same as natural roots and transmitting the vibrations that come from teeth impacting against each other. These vibrations tell the bone to keep renewing its cells, so it remains strong and dense.

Easy maintenance

A regular hygiene routine to diligently remove plaque is all you need to do.

To find out more, contact us and we can have an exploratory chat.

You’re never too old for straighter teeth

Braces. They’re for teenagers, right? Us grown-ups just have to put up with the wonky teeth that our parents couldn’t afford to get straightened when we were kids. Right? Well, no, wrong, actually.

You can be forgiven for believing that getting braces in Windsor stops when you’re out of school because we mostly see kids and young teenagers wearing them.

Braces in WindsorHowever, the physiological processes that take place during straightening are possible at any age. It’s just a case of putting enough sustained pressure on your teeth to get them to move. The thing about being a kid is the process happens faster. Also, changing the shape of the jaw is only possible in people under 18 because after that the jawbone sets hard.

But teeth can be moved at any age, which means you can have braces in Windsor when you’re 7, 17, 27 or even 70.

The first step is to come into The Old Windsor Dental Practice and ask about braces in Windsor. We have a great braces dentist here called Dr Emmett Hegarty. He will be able to take a good look at your misaligned teeth and suggest the best way to get them straightened.

Braces? What braces?

Your braces in Windsor don’t necessarily have to be metal ones either. If you have mild to moderate issues, you could be treated with clear or invisible braces. We use braces from Clear Smile and Invisalign. These don’t have brackets, wires and bands but look more like mouth guards. Inside they have pressure points to press on your teeth to get them to move.

But what about those of you who have more complex alignment issues to correct and also don’t want the metal train track look? Don’t worry, we have braces from Incognito that can cope with even the most complex or severe issues. No one can see them either, because we put them on the tongue-side of your teeth so they are completely hidden away.

Retainers

Teeth need time to settle down after treatment, so you will need to wear a retainer for a while after your braces are no longer needed.

Replacement teeth that mimic nature

When you think about your teeth, you probably only think about the part that you chew with, the bit above the gum line that you can see. But below the gums are your tooth roots and they are every bit as important as your crowns if your teeth are going to function well.

Dental Implants in WindsorAsk anyone who has lost a tooth to gum disease about the importance of tooth roots and they will describe to you how disheartening it was to experience their otherwise healthy teeth gradually coming loose in their sockets, diminishing their food choices as their teeth could no longer cope with so much chewing.

If you need to replace lost teeth, don’t just think about how you need to get great looking crowns, also think about replacing the roots so that you can chew properly again.

At The Old Windsor Dental Practice, we recommend dental implants in Windsor for people who are losing their teeth. Dental implants are the only way there is to replace the root of the tooth as well as the crown.

How dental implants in Windsor work

Dental implants come in 3 parts. The actual implant replaces the root of the tooth. It is a tapered screw or post about 1cm long that we put into specially created channels in your jawbone. Once the implant is in place, the titanium from which it is made will set off a process of fusion with the bone, which will grow new tissue all over its surface. Depending on your individual healing speed, this takes 2-6 months to complete.

Once the integration process is over, we can attach your crowns. We do this by first putting in a connecting piece and then adding the crowns to that.

Dental implants are very versatile. We can put up to 3 crowns on a bridge onto one implant. They are also very long-lasting. If you take good care of your dental implants in Windsor, you can expect them to last for at least 15 years and probably even decades.

If you’d like to find out more about dental implants, the first step is to book a consultation.

Replace your missing teeth with dental implants

Life is not always tidy, and neither is tooth loss. Teeth don’t fall out all together as a team. You may get one knocked out when you are young. If it’s at the front you probably get it replaced, but if it’s at the side, you probably leave it as no one can see it. But, then your neighbouring teeth start to come out of place, tip into the gap and one day another one comes loose and falls out.

Dental Implants in BerkshireOr perhaps, night time tooth grinding finally takes its toll on your teeth and two at the side come out and now you can’t chew on that side. Or maybe, your teeth are just not that strong and they are starting to fail one after the other.

However your teeth are falling out, rest assured that there is a way to replace them that will give you back what you have lost, with no added hassle. At The Old Windsor Dental Practice in Windsor, we can restore your mouth to its former glory with dental implants.

That may sound like a big promise, but 30 years of dental implants being available has shown that people really do get the full functionality of their mouths back with this treatment.

Why dental implants are so great

The most important difference between dental implants and dentures or fixed bridges is how they are fixed into the mouth. Dental implants are replacement roots that go into the jawbone. Neither of the other 2 methods replaces the root of the tooth as well as the crown.

The dental implant is the replacement root. It is a titanium screw or post that we fit into a channel that we make in your jawbone.

Once it is in, it will take several weeks for the bone to grow new bone cells and blood vessels all over the surface of the implant. Once this process, known as osseointegration, is complete, the implant is as firmly anchored as a natural tooth is. You will be able to bite into your food just as if you had your own teeth. Nothing will be off the menu.

To find out more, please call and make an appointment for a consultation.

And now the end is near….

As your teeth face the final curtain, the question you need to ask yourself is how to replace them. The choice has never been so wide and it can be hard to decide.

However, at The Old Windsor Dental Practice, if you decide to replace your missing teeth with dental implants, you will be joining many other satisfied patients who have taken the plunge with this latest generation of tooth replacement.

Missing Teeth in BerkshireMost people opt for dental implants first because they do such a good job of mimicking the teeth they have just lost.

Dental implants are the only way to replace the root of the teeth, not just the crowns. And you need your tooth roots if you are going to maintain a strong, healthy jawbone.

The reason for tooth roots

Tooth roots play a vital role in jaw health because they transmit signals that tell the jawbone cells to keep renewing themselves. Each time the upper and lower teeth meet together, the vibrations that go down the tooth root into the surrounding bone tell it that the teeth are still in action. When one, or both teeth that meet together are lost, those vibrations cease and the jawbone interprets this as meaning that the teeth are no longer in action.

It starts to dissolve itself and very quickly loses size and density. If there are no teeth at all, the jawbone becomes very thin, the chin takes on a pointy look and the face eventually droops inwards on itself.

Having dental implants to replace those lost tooth roots helps the jawbone remain strong and full. And that in turn allows you to continue looking youthful.

You don’t have to replace every lost tooth with a dental implant. One implant can hold up to 3 teeth on a bridge. We also have ways to replace an entire arch of lost teeth with just 4-6 implants.

And, once you have completed the implant treatment, which can take a few months, you will be able to eat whatever you like again. No one will know these teeth, which are so firmly anchored into your jawbone, are not your own. In fact, you may even forget too.