The problems of missing teeth

For many of our patients in Milton Keynes, dental implants are an effective and long-lasting way to replace missing teeth. If you suffer from this problem, you’ll already know how a missing tooth can affect your appearance. You’ll also know how it can mean the remaining teeth have to work a bit harder. However, you might not be aware that missing teeth can lead to jawbone deterioration, which affects your facial aesthetics and puts you at risk of injury.

Dental Implants in Milton KeynesThe process of dental implants in Milton Keynes

At the start of your treatment, you’ll have an in-depth consultation with the Northlight Dental team. We’ll talk to you about your dental history, and how you’d like your teeth to look in the future. We’ll make sure that your oral hygiene is of a good enough standard for treatment to begin. Some preliminary work may be needed to achieve this.

Then, in a minor surgical procedure, our dentist will place small metal posts into your jawbone. After a period of healing, you’ll return to the practice to have the new teeth attached to the posts.

Many advantages

Your Milton Keynes dental implants are fully customised to your needs, so they’ll look and feel natural in your mouth. The benefits are numerous:

  • They’re easy to clean, and you won’t need to use messy adhesives to keep them in place;
  • The jawbone forms a strong bond with the implanted metal posts. With your new teeth securely anchored, you can enjoy biting into and chewing your favourite foods, without worrying about dentures falling out onto the dinner table;
  • Your facial bone structure will stay robust. You’ll avoid developing the sunken look that can happen when removable dentures are worn for a long time;
  • You may feel your speech is more fluent, because it’s easier to pronounce certain words and phrases.

Long-lasting benefits

All of the above benefits will continue for many years after you’ve received your dental implants in Milton Keynes. If the new teeth are properly cared for, they could last for decades. The implant procedure can be a real long-term boost to your overall quality of life.

Charlotte on joining the Northlight Dental Team

I started working at Northlight Dental in November 2017. After a long career as a dancer and personal trainer I decided it was time to find a stable role within a company who strives to help people. And after travelling around the world and working with different people from various walks of life I came to realise where my real passion was, and that was to meet new people and help them in whichever way I could.

Since starting at Northlight Dental I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting all of our patients and assisting them however I can, whether it be simply booking an appointment or being a sense of reassurance that they are in the best hands. Whilst I was applying for roles the main thing I was looking for was a family environment with a close hard working team, which I am pleased to say I have most definitely found.

Starting the ‘Front of House’ role at Northlight has been nothing but positive, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous to learn the way the company system works and how to correctly keep the reception organised, I have found it challenging but at the same time very rewarding.

I have been lucky to enough to receive wonderful training including an external training day where I have been taught how to calmly and correctly approach the role. I have now found myself working in a business that has an incredible vision to create the best experience for people seeking dental work which I am thoroughly enjoying.

I am excited for my future at Northlight Dental and want to thank the team for being so welcoming.

Straighter teeth

Straighter teeth tend to look more appealing. They’re also better for your oral health. By wearing braces in Milton Keynes, you can bring your teeth into a more pleasant and effective alignment. At Northlight Dental, we have a lot of experience in providing patients with better-looking smiles. We use a range of contemporary methods to suit all kinds of realignment needs.

Easier oral health care

Braces in Milton KeynesThere are several oral health difficulties that can be avoided by wearing braces in Milton Keynes. Crooked smiles have awkward areas between the teeth, which your toothbrush can find difficult to reach. These areas can hide food particles and bacteria, which can build up to harmful levels, increasing your risk of bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay.

When your teeth are positioned at wonky angles, and your bite is misaligned, your jaw has to work extra hard, which can lead to strain or injury.

The negative effect on your appearance created by badly-positioned teeth can be a real bother. Some people feel the need to hide their smile at social events, particularly when photographs are being taken.

A range of treatments

At Northlight Dental, we’ll provide you with Milton Keynes braces that are appropriate for your realignment needs. We use discreet appliances that stay hidden while treatment is ongoing. This minimises the potential embarrassment that some people associate with wearing braces. They can be made of tooth-coloured or transparent materials, or attached to the back of the teeth.

Braces work by applying gentle pressure to the teeth. It takes time for teeth to move, so you’ll need patience to achieve the best results. Small adjustments can make a big difference, and if you only need to move a few of your most prominent teeth, the overall treatment duration might be quite short. In other cases, you might wear the braces for a year or longer.

Once the braces come off, we might give you a retainer to wear while you sleep. This ensures the teeth will settle in securely to their new positions. Although it takes time, you’ll be able to enjoy the cosmetic and oral health benefits of straighter teeth for many years after your treatment is over.

The key to great new teeth

When people lose their teeth, their problem is finding replacements that can work as well as natural teeth. Replacement teeth not only have to look as natural as possible, they also have to be able to bite and chew using strong forces. Teeth also play an important part in speaking clearly, working with the tongue and palate to produce consonant sounds.

Dental Implants in Milton KeynesThat’s a lot of requirements that replacement teeth need to be able to fulfil, and at Northlight Dental, in our experience the best way to replace teeth is with dental implants.

In Milton Keynes, dental implants are the nearest thing to natural teeth that has so far been invented. They mimic nature by replacing the root of the tooth as well as the crown. Having an artificial root on which to place one or more crowns offers so much more stability than is available from dentures, which rely on gripping to the gums for stability. In Milton Keynes, dental implants can withstand chewing forces of up to 97kg or 200lbs, which is more than the chewing force of your average adult male.

What makes dental implants so effective?

The secret behind the success of dental implants in Milton Keynes is the use of titanium. This lightweight, strong and non-corrosive metal has the unusual ability to integrate with the body rather than activating its immune system to reject it. The jawbone grows new tissue and blood vessels all over the surface of the implants and this holds them in place as securely as a natural tooth root.

As well as providing teeth that look and behave like proper teeth, dental implants help maintain the integrity of the jawbone. Tooth roots act as transmitters of the tremors resulting from the impacts of our teeth biting together many hundreds of times throughout the day. These tremors signal to the jawbone cells around the root that it is still needed and so the bone cells continue to renew themselves. As soon as there is no root to transmit these signals, the bone starts to resorb itself and can up lose up to 25% of its size and density in the first year alone after tooth loss.

A straightforward solution to crooked teeth

Many people associate treatment to align and straighten the teeth with childhood and this is a good time to carry out treatment as the mouth is still developing. However, it is not the only option. Sadly, many adults put up with a lifetime of wonky teeth simply because they do not know that treatment is available or they are worried about the visual impact of braces.

At Northlight Dental we find that people seek our services as a respected orthodontist in Milton Keynes to improve their smiles. Treatment also improves the function of the mouth where misalignment is more severe, so that people can eat and speak normally. In the past, metal braces were the only option but patients can now choose from a range of techniques.

Orthodontist in Milton KeynesWhy see an orthodontist in Milton Keynes?

An orthodontist focuses on making sure that the teeth, jaws and face develop correctly. An obvious outcome of treatment is a more attractive smile but it also makes the teeth easier to clean. Crooked or crowded teeth have more gaps in which plaque can accumulate and are harder to keep healthy. Decay, bad breath and gum disease can be the unfortunate results. So, having corrective work is an investment in physical health as well as an enhanced appearance. We know that people do not want to worry about whether others can see that they are wearing braces so we are proud to offer procedures that are fast, comfortable and very discreet.

Straightening teeth without ugly braces

Many people are put off having braces because they associate them with putting up with metal appliances for months on end. This is no longer the case and when you come to see our orthodontist in Milton Keynes you can choose invisible or clear options. Lingual braces are fitted behind the teeth so are totally hidden while translucent brackets can be used on the front of the teeth to make them less obtrusive. For the ultimate in convenience and discretion, the Invisalign system uses a system of clear aligner trays. Patients using this treatment can feel confident that their smile is unaffected and remove the aligners when they are eating or cleaning their teeth.

There is no need to struggle with gaps

If you have missing teeth then you may be experiencing a number of problems. You could find that you have to restrict yourself to soft foods or find that the way you speak has changed. Perhaps your heart sinks when you look in the mirror and you worry about social interactions or having your photograph taken. If this sounds like you, then Northlight Dental can help. We have many years of experience of fitting dental implants in Milton Keynes so can advise you about every aspect of treatment: from whether it is suitable for you, to caring for your implants.

Dental Implants in Milton KeynesWhat is involved in treatment?

The first stage is a consultation to find out what you want to achieve and assess the state of your existing teeth and gums. Your mouth and jaw need to be healthy so, if necessary, preparatory work is carried out before the implants are fitted during a minor operation. This involves placing a small metal screw into the jaw under local anaesthetic. The bone and blood vessels mesh around the metal, holding it securely in place. Your dental implants can then be used as a stable base for fixed dentures, crowns or bridges.

You are then free to enjoy your favourite food again and smile with confidence. For our patients in Milton Keynes, dental implants have proved to be a long-term investment in their health and appearance.

Can I have dental implants?

Patients considering dental implants in Milton Keynes often ask whether the treatment is suitable for them. We need to consider factors such as the amount of bone available and the general condition of your mouth before treatment starts. You also need to be committed to keeping your replacement teeth clean and your gums healthy, just as you would with natural teeth. We pride ourselves on our commitment to our patients and will work with you to make the decision that suits you best.

We are pleased to be able to offer our patients in Milton Keynes dental implants. Become one of the many people who have said hello to the advantages of dental implants and goodbye to the problems of missing teeth.

Straightening your teeth with your orthodontist in Milton Keynes

Here at Northlight Dental in Milton Keynes, we can provide a wide range of orthodontic treatments. Our orthodontist in Milton Keynes is Dr Neha Passan.

Dr Passan is an experienced orthodontist who has a special interest in cosmetic orthodontic treatments. Her aim is to have your smile looking and feeling great, giving you the confidence you deserve.

Thanks to advances in materials and orthodontic technology a whole new wave of treatments has sprung up, giving you more choices than ever when it comes to teeth straightening.

Orthodontist in Milton KeynesOrthodontic options: lingual braces

A great alternative to traditional that your orthodontist in Milton Keynes can offer is lingual braces. These braces work on similar principles to traditional fixed braces, but attach to the inner surface of the teeth rather than the front.

The advantage to the brace being attached to the rear of the teeth is that they are barely visible. If you want to straighten your teeth, but don’t want anyone to know you are undergoing treatment, this may be the option for you.

The braces are custom-crafted for each individual patient to ensure a great fit and maximum efficiency.

Orthodontic options: Invisalign

One treatment that has revolutionised the way we think about teeth straightening is Invisalign. Invisalign uses modern technology to plan exactly how your teeth will move over time before the treatment even begins.

The treatment uses a series of custom-moulded plastic tooth trays that a slightly different in shape from one pair to the next. They gradually reposition your teeth using gentle pressure.

This treatment benefits from being almost completely unnoticeable when the aligners are in your mouth. Another important benefit is that the aligners are removable making cleaning and meal times much less of a hassle than with fixed braces.

Invisalign aligners are also much more comfortable than traditional braces because they are manufactured from smooth plastic that won’t scratch the inside of your mouth. There’s also no need for adjustments, you simply change the aligner to continue your journey to straighter teeth.

Regain your confident smile

Here at Northlight Dental, it pains us when our patients tell us that they believe they’ll simply never be able to enjoy the confidence that comes from having a beautiful smile. And so, it makes us really happy to tell them the good news: in many cases, there are treatment options available for restoring their smile. And one of the most effective solutions in modern times happens to be dental implant dentistry.

Dental implants in Milton Keynes are a great option for replacing missing teeth and maintaining a healthy jaw structure. The first step of your dental implants in Milton Keynes requires a series of x-rays or CT scans. These procedures give an important insight for deciding what kind of placement procedures you might need and the treatment that will ultimately be best for you.

Dental Implants in Milton KeynesThe dental implant procedure itself can be performed quickly and reliably. During the procedure, a narrow channel is made into the jawbone. A titanium post or abutment is then inserted. Titanium is the preferred metal, as it is known for being biologically safe for everyone.

Reasons why we lose teeth

Missing teeth can be the result of various afflictions, but one prominent culprit is advanced periodontal disease (normally known as gum disease). Over time advanced periodontal disease can lead to the loss of multiple teeth, resulting in some patients opting for multiple extractions and dentures. Dental implants in Milton Keynes are now a suitable option for replacing the teeth lost due to gum disease.

Dentures or dental implants

Dentures do have their benefits, but dental implants in Milton Keynes can be a more effective investment for your long-term oral health. With proper care and dedication to a consistent oral hygiene regimen, dental implants can last you a lifetime.

And if you’re visiting us here at Northlight Dental twice a year for your regular check-ups, that certainly goes a long way toward helping you to maintain gum health and helping to remove minor surface stains from your remaining natural teeth.

For more information about the benefits of implant dentistry or to set up an implant initial consultation, call us to schedule your appointment and we will look forward to hearing from you.

Straighten teeth the Incognito way

If you want to experience superior results from your orthodontist in Milton Keynes, it may be time to discover a completely different way to wear braces, with Incognito lingual braces.

Your orthodontist in Milton Keynes, at Northlight Dental, will place Incognito lingual on the back of your teeth, so no one will even know you are wearing braces – unless you want them to. These unique lingual braces are created using modern technology and are the only 100% customised, almost invisible, fixed brace system on the market today.

Orthodontist in Milton KeynesLingual braces from your orthodontist in Milton Keynes can give you a beautiful smile, even during the procedure. They are a unique choice that allows our patients to smile with confidence both during and after treatment. They are placed on the back of your teeth and are completely hidden from view, hence the name, Incognito braces.

Lingual braces are made just for you

Because no two patients are alike, no two sets of Incognito lingual braces are alike. Unlike other braces, lingual braces are 100% customised to the shape of your teeth and to your individual dental situation.

These advances are designed to minimise the amount of time your orthodontist in Milton Keynes will need to spend making adjustments and results may be seen more quickly than with traditional fixed metal braces. With Incognito, you will get efficient, effective tooth movement, along with great aesthetics.

Who can have Incognito?

Don’t worry, most patients will be suitable for Incognito braces. Men and women, teenagers or adults, from 13 years to over 60 years of age, all can choose invisible fixed braces. Basically, if you want beautiful straight teeth, you are a good candidate for Incognito braces.

Are they right for me?

Incognito orthodontic lingual braces could be the right option if you are worried about wearing braces that are visible, or you want to maintain a professional image while getting a great smile.

Incognito is also a good choice if you want to avoid damage to the front surfaces of your teeth and inner lips. Our musical patients will also be pleased to know if you play a wind instrument Incognito could work for you too.

Keep your remaining teeth intact

If you have lost a tooth in the front of your mouth, or even at the side, you may be wondering what the best way is to replace it. At Northlight Dental in Milton Keynes, dental implants are becoming a very popular way to fill the gap.

When that gap is at the front of your mouth, for the majority of people replacing the tooth is an absolute necessity. You could have a bridge fitted, but the crowns that support the replacement tooth will often require you have to have the two adjacent teeth ground down. This can cause long term issues with the supporting teeth.

Dental Implants in Milton KeynesIn Milton Keynes, dental implants do not require the sacrifice of any of your other teeth because they are the only tooth replacement solution that replaces the root of the tooth as well as the crown.

Getting to the root of the problem

The root is replaced with a titanium post or screw that is inserted into your jaw during a minor surgical procedure that is performed under local anaesthetic. However, if you are anxious about the insertion procedure, we can provide conscious sedation for dental implants in Milton Keynes. Sedation will deeply relax you and you may not be able to remember much of what happened afterwards.

The procedure

A small incision is made in the gum and using specially designed instruments we prepare the underlying jaw bone for the placement of the dental implant. The implant is gently inserted into the bone and the gum is replaced over the top of it. It will now take a few weeks for the implant to mesh with the jawbone in a process called osseointegration. Once the bone and implant have become one, you can come back to have your crown fitted.

The crown is custom made to match the colour and shape of your own teeth. The final result is normally indistinguishable from the surrounding dentition and looks and feels just like a real tooth.