What exactly are dental implants in Milton Keynes?

Dental implants are tiny titanium screws (typically no bigger than one centimetre in length) that are inserted into the gum, by its use we aim to replace the missing root of the tooth that may have fallen out during an incident or for some other reason. The greatest thing about dental implants is that the bone is able to grow onto the surface of the implant, so it is therefore able to support a replacement tooth crown.

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How do dental implants in Milton Keynes work?

A dental implant is a typical solution to a missing tooth, or several teeth. Initially, some gum tissue is removed by us (or pulled back), and a hole is drilled into the jaw bone, (a form of anesthetic may be required during this process). A special dental implant is positioned and a healing cap is then adhered before the gum is replaced. The bone will then grow around the implant which provides a strong fixture. Once this has fully grown the healing cap is exposed and will go on to being replaced with an abutment. Finally, a new synthetic tooth is added which will fill the empty gap.

Why might someone opt for dental implants in Milton Keynes?

An individual may decide to get dental implants if they are missing one or several teeth within the mouth. The loss of one or more teeth can have a severe impact on a patient’s self-confidence as well as their dental health. If one of your front teeth are missing, you may wish to get a temporary dental implant whilst a more permanent option is being discussed with us. If a tooth is missing, surrounding teeth may attempt to move into the missing space, this can cause a variety of problems and may later require orthodontics to straighten the teeth. Missing teeth can cause extreme discomfort, whilst chewing and completing other day to day activities, so it is important for our patients to fix these problems.

Are there other forms of dental implants?

Bridges and dentures are a way of replacing multiple teeth, or a whole row of teeth within the mouth. Bridges are fixed within the mouth and have the aesthetic advantage of being extremely natural looking, although one disadvantage is that surrounding teeth may have to be reduced in size in order to allow the bridge to fit. Bridges are a fixed and therefore long term option, however the damaging of natural teeth is best to be avoided as we feel it may cause long term dental health concerns.

Dentures may be an option for those who have financial concerns, as they are relatively inexpensive. However, like clear aligners dentures have to be removed for cleaning (and when you sleep). Some individuals may prefer bridges as they are a fixed option and may not cause discomfort and reduce the enjoyability of eating, like dentures may do.

Do dental implants last forever?

Although no guarantees can be made, if dental implants are looked after properly they can last ten years. If you do not drink or smoke and maintain a healthy lifestyle they can last a long time, the success rates for dental implants are around 98% for the first ten years. It is important to ensure you attend regular check-ups with us in order to maintain your implant, the prosthesis may eventually need replacing, however this is a relatively low cost and simple process. We have enjoyed success with these procedures and are happy to feel we are giving back a quality of life to those who struggle with tooth loss.

What are braces?

Many people come to us in order to improve the look of their smile and very often this results in us recommending the use of braces where teeth are uneven or crooked.

Braces in Milton Keynes

Braces are a form of orthodontics that aim to straighten and therefore improve the appearance of your teeth. Braces in Milton Keynes may be an option for you if you are looking to develop your self-confidence by improving the state of your teeth. They are a form of orthodontics that aim to reduce overcrowding and remove the appearance of ‘buck teeth’ which many individuals may experience, including those who are younger. Braces may also be an option for patients who have previously had orthodontic work and have not maintained their smile using retainers at a young age. They can improve problems concerning the jaw, an overbite can be resolved with several forms of braces, including traditional ‘train track’ braces. Straighter teeth also means better oral hygiene, as they are easier to keep clean.

Why might I get braces in Milton Keynes?

Individuals may decide to opt for orthodontics for a variety of reasons, younger individuals may have a small window where orthodontics may be available, as the mouth is constantly moving and altering at this age. It is extremely common for our younger patients to have  orthodontic treatment and go on to use retainers in their later life to maintain their smile. However, some of our older patients may also opt for orthodontics. Older patients who may decide to ask us for orthodontic treatment may opt for more discreet options. Adult individuals who work in professional environments may feel as if discreet aligners are a more appropriate option for them and we are happy to accommodate their wishes. There are also tooth coloured braces available with a white wire and white brackets, which may be more aesthetically pleasing than the traditional wire braces.

What types of braces are available in Milton Keynes?

Within modern orthodontics, there are a multitude of options available that aim to straighten teeth, including alternatives to the traditional fixed braces with a metal appearance. Many patients may aim to stray from this option, especially those who are not teenagers, or adolescents. Traditional metal braces use small metal square brackets that are adhered to the teeth using a special glue adhesive, an active wire is then attached which aims to encourage the teeth to move in a certain direction (in order to straighten them). White braces are a more natural alternative, they work in the same way, however a white bracket and wire is used instead. The brackets are translucent which offers a much more discreet look favoured by our patients, they also encourage the teeth to straighten in a certain direction.

Fixed lingual braces are an even more subtle alternative, fixed lingual braces work by using  a wire adhered to the back of the teeth, so they are not visible. This option contains a custom made bracket alternative, fixing these to the inside of the teeth.

Invisalign is the largest provider of clear aligners, they have to be removed for cleaning your teeth and eating, but are popular due to their invisible appearance. Orthodontics are constantly developing, and within modern orthodontics there are a variety of options available, in terms of subtlety and finance, with some practices offering payment plans.

If you are thinking about orthodontic work come to us and we will give you all the options available to improve your smile.

Are braces in Milton Keynes right for me?

Braces are a necessary treatment for those with crooked teeth, due to their poor alignment posing health risks. All the time the teeth are not correctly aligned, the teeth will not be working the way they are meant to and will cause stress on the wrong areas. If you are searching for braces in Milton Keynes, then we will provide guidance on the multiple solutions and treatments available. We will be able to fix any form of misalignment, from just a small adjustment, to severely crooked teeth.

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Are braces available for aesthetic purposes?

As mentioned, our braces are available for multiple purposes. In more extreme cases, wire braces are necessary, as other methods may not be as effective for restoring proper teeth alignment. However, if you are looking simply to improve the look of your teeth, or don’t like your smile, there are some alternative options.

Lingual Braces

Working in a similar way to regular fixed braces, lingual braces fit on the inside of the teeth, so they can reap the same benefits of fixed braces, but remain invisible. The braces are fitted using modern technology, to ensure that the brace is fitted correctly. If you are looking for lingual braces in Milton Keynes, then we recommend these to you as an option.

Fixed Tooth Coloured Braces

While fixed braces might not be the most desirable option in terms of aesthetics, particularly for adults, we have an option which can alleviate that anxiety. Our fixed coloured braces work the same way, but have been coloured to camouflage the enamel. The translucent braces will be just as effective as the fixed braces but will not be as much of a contrast against your natural tooth colour.


Invisible braces work by first producing a 3D projection of what your teeth should look like after treatment. Then a series of plastic moulds are custom built, in order to gradually adjust the teeth towards the initial 3D projection. The benefit of this brace is that it can be removed easily and is practically invisible due to the translucent plastic used for it. Due to this, you are free to eat and drink freely, without being concerned about damaging the corrections, or about any damage to the gums, which can be an issue with newly fitted metal braces.

If you are interested in braces in Milton Keynes, then simply contact us and ask what options are available, and what results you expect from your treatment, and we can subsequently advise you on how to book a free consultation. While each brace has its pros and cons, which we want you to be aware of, we will advise you on the best solution to achieve the results you want, and the smile you desire.

What are dental implants in Milton Keynes?

Dental implants are the process of installing a fake tooth where a real tooth once was. The most important thing to remember about an implant is that the fake tooth is inserted into the jawbone via a titanium screw, replacing the root entirely. This provides an extremely sturdy foundation to the tooth, and one that is almost guaranteed never to move or come loose. If you are looking for dental implants in Milton Keynes, then our practice Northlight Dental will provide you with a step-by-step analysis of the treatment, and deliver it with the utmost professionalism and empathy.

Dental Implants in Milton Keynes

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants work by installing a new false tooth, secured with a titanium screw, that is inserted into the jawbone. After the screw enters the bone, the bone will begin to grow around the screw, meaning that the bond will tighten, securing the tooth in place.

When are they needed?

A dental implant is needed when the tooth has been completely destroyed, either due to decay or disease, or has been lost. The dental implant provides a total replacement. Implants are also useful for providing an anchor to a bridge or set of dentures, due to their foundation in the jaw, so where a patient may have lost several teeth, a few dental implants can prove extremely beneficial to restructuring a row of teeth.

Is it a painful procedure?

If you are concerned about dental implants in Milton Keynes our practice Northlight Dental is available most hours to book a consultation. The process, if followed correctly, should be relatively painless, however a slight amount of pain may be felt from having a local anaesthetic, and post-treatment. Your dentist will address this prior to the procedure and help you through any concerns about discomfort or anxieties you may have.

How long does it last? Will I need to get it replaced?

The dental implants you receive from us, if maintained with the correct dental hygiene practices, will can last many years and even decades, making it an extremely effective treatment for a missing tooth. If you are looking for dental implants in Milton Keynes, and you decide on Northlight Dental, then we will take you through a clear and detailed explanation of what you are receiving, using a preliminary method of x-rays, photographs, and models to show you exactly what the process will entail. There is a chance that the false tooth itself can erode away over time, but we offer a replacement service that will cost considerably less than the original treatment cost.

The implant, while it may be more expensive than a bridge or denture, provides a foundation to the tooth, and is designed to be a long term replacement. Implants are also an extremely advanced procedure, and our dentists have received additional training in order to carry them out as effectively as they can.

Could braces in Milton Keynes be the right option for you?

Despite common misconceptions, braces are not just for those of the younger generation. We offer a multitude of options at Northlight Dental, apart from the traditional “train tracks” form of braces.  Lingual braces and discreet braces are examples of more subtle options, meaning the dental work is being done without being visible: this may be a perfect option for individuals who are older. At Northlight Dental in Milton Keynes we offer a variety of treatments for our patients, so there is always an option for everyone. Braces in Milton Keynes may be ideal for you if you have crooked teeth, or if you are just looking to inject a boost of confidence into your smile, achieved with all of our patients after treatment. At our practice, we can discuss with you the best option to fix your dental insecurities!

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I’m worried about braces ruining my confidence! Are there other options?

At our practice, we offer a multitude of options including the traditional brace (commonly used with the younger generation) as well as alternative options such as discreet tooth coloured braces. These ensure your confidence stays intact, whilst working towards a flawless smile. Lingual braces are viewed as a more discreet option, using a metal wire that is placed behind the teeth so that they are not visible, using modern CAD/CAM technology to ensure the best treatment is provided.

Invisalign is a form of clear aligners, using a retainer style without the metal appearance. Invisalign alone has offered confidence to over 480,000 patients.

So, if you struggle with confidence about the appearance of your smile, braces may be a perfect long-term option for you. This long-lasting effect is certain to increase your confidence, with the inexpensive and natural looking options that are available with braces in Milton Keynes, here at North Light Dental.

What if I am anxious about visiting a dentist?

Many patients are faced with anxiety when visiting the dentist, which is why many people do not visit their local practice nearly as much as they should. However Dr Sunil Passan is a member of our team, and specialises in patient anxiety in both our practice and a medical setting. We recommend an initial consultation for our anxious patients to help ease their nerves, during this we may offer the option of sedation to ease a patient’s nerves and anxiety,

What is the meaning of orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry dealing with methods to straighten out irregularities or imperfections within the mouth. Orthodontists are professionals who have completed a further level of study to specialise in orthodontics, one example of its use is the fitting of braces.

How long do I have to wear braces for?

The length of treatment varies depending on the patient, treatment can last as little as six months or more complex cases can last up to two years.

Sometimes people are worried about whether braces will cause them pain as they have to be worn for a period of time. Although they do cause some discomfort, braces are relatively pain free. Braces in Milton Keynes can help achieve a perfect smile using your own natural teeth, rather than using veneers or bridges, which are a more artificial method.

How to ensure successful recovery after dental implants in Milton Keynes

At our dental clinic we encourage our patients to follow recommended advice on the dos and don’ts following an implant procedure, Seeing that implants require surgery to be implanted it is possible that patients may feel some discomfort once the effects of the anaesthesia wear off. One of our aims at Northlight Dental is to help our patients find relief from discomfort and ensure that dental implants in Milton Keynes are successful.

Dental Implants in Milton Keynes

Take any pain medication as prescribed by the dental practitioner. Take care to follow all instructions regarding dosage and how often medication should be taken. It is not advisable to exceed dosage allowance unless a dental practitioner gives the go ahead. Pain medication should always be taken with a meal and not on an empty stomach. In addition to this, it is not advisable that pain medication should be taken in conjunction with alcohol. Other general good advice to follow when taking pain medication also applies: do not drive and move slowly when getting up from a reclining position.

Patients who have had dental implants in Milton Keynes should adhere to the following post-surgical aftercare guidelines:

  • Be prepared for some swelling to occur

As some discomfort is a normal part of post-operative procedures, so too is swelling. It is a sign that healing is taking place. Your dental practitioner may suggest the use of ice packs to keep swelling to a minimum. These packs should be carefully placed on the outside of the facial area where surgery was performed for the first day and night following the procedure. If swelling continues for two to three days after implantation, patients should contact us immediately.

  • Some bleeding is to be expected

Bleeding is common during the first twenty-four hour period. Patients should swallow as usual and refrain from rinsing out the mouth. If excessive bleeding occurs, patients should contact a dental practitioner as a precautionary measure.

  • Take antibiotics as prescribed

The general advice on antibiotics is to finish the course.

  • Stick to a liquid/soft food diet for the first week

Eating foods you are normally used to may pose a challenge for patients with new implants. The area is still undergoing the healing stage and it is important for patients to do all they can to ensure optimal healing takes place. Patients should try to avoid chewing for the first few days so eating soft foods is often recommended. It is important that patients ensure the body receives a good supply of nutrients which is essential for healing. Permissible food and beverages items include: yoghurt, water, milkshakes, soup, eggs, soft pasta and mashed potatoes. Patients will want to stay away from: fizzy drinks, toast, popcorn, seeds and pizza, among others.

  • Risky behaviours to avoid

Smoking and tobacco use should be avoided at all costs during the first week of post-surgical healing. Smoking can irritate the gums and can weaken the healing process.

  • Oral hygiene routine

Your dental practitioner will instruct you on how to keep your mouth clean during this stage. Patients have to be careful not to disrupt the implantation area that is healing when cleaning teeth. A good tip here is to rinse the mouth with a warm saltwater solution few times a day but only after the first twenty-four hours has passed.

Need teeth-replacing treatment? Contact us at Northlight Dental. Our experienced staff will provide you with all essential information regarding the nature of your treatment. Schedule a consultation today.

Correct your crooked teeth or overbite with braces

If you don’t like your smile but you are hesitant about getting braces in Milton Keynes, you are not alone. Having metal brackets glued to your tooth enamel for an extended period is a big deal, especially as an adult.

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We understand that you may have concerns regarding pain, appearance and the overall impact teeth straightening aids have on your lifestyle. However, thanks to modern orthodontics, there are a variety of treatment options available from which to choose the one that best suits your unique needs.

With us, you can start the process of fixing your crooked teeth, overbite or overcrowded mouth today by booking a consultation with our highly qualified, experienced orthodontist at Northlight Dental. You can enjoy straight teeth and a winning smile in 6 to 18 months.

Why choose braces in Milton Keynes

There are many misconceptions about straightening aids; that they are unsightly, they cause constant discomfort and pain, are only for teenagers and restrict our lives in various ways.

Since their inception, however, advancements in technology have made teeth straightening aids more discreet and comfortable for the wearer, and some options, like Invisalign braces are removable. Now, not only can people choose to have their teeth straightened, but they have choices available to them too. At the same time, not just adolescents but adults are opting to fix their teeth without fearing how these aids might influence their personal and professional lives.

Pain maybe another factor that keeps people from having their teeth corrected. When you first get braces in Milton Keynes, and after every check-up, you might experience varying levels of discomfort, which you can easily manage with over the counter medication and a soft diet for a few days. Mouth ulcers and cuts caused by metal rubbing against skin, while unpleasant, can be treated and soothed with numbing gels bought at your nearest pharmacy.

How do they straighten teeth?

Pressure emanating from the archwire (a long, thin wire connecting the brackets) or aligner trays containing Invisalign, gently push them to move into the desired position, while the role of the brackets is to hold your teeth in place.

Available treatments

There are many options available that, on your consultation, we will discuss with you to find the best and most suitable treatment plan for you. Some aids are removable while others are fixed; some are more discreet than others; some adjust minor malocclusions over brief periods while others correct major issues gradually for longer.

Invisalign, also known as invisible braces, are removable aligner trays you have replaced every two weeks. You can take them out to eat and play sports, but we recommend that you keep them in for at least 22 hours a day for them to be effective — best for treating mild to moderate misalignments.

Traditional fixed braces comprise of metal brackets glued to the enamel of the teeth, with a thin archwire connecting them.

Ceramic braces, similar to conventional metal braces, only the brackets are tooth-coloured, thereby barely visible to an untrained eye. If you are a self-conscious person yet do not have the discipline for Invisalign, these aids might be the solution for which you have been looking.

Lingual braces work identically to traditional braces; the only difference is that we place them on the back of your teeth. Their discreet nature also makes them another popular choice.

Are there alternatives?

Artificial solutions, like dentures and bridges, disguise chipped teeth and close gaps, but these treatments tend to compromise the shape and size of neighbouring teeth, which in the long run, can be detrimental.

While initial costs may be hefty, correcting your teeth using conventional methods is an investment we can recommend. What is more, as previously mentioned, it is a natural solution that gradually moves your teeth into place.

Considering having your teeth corrected is a big decision but one that will positively impact your life in the long run, as you flaunt a lovely smile and look forward to perfect oral health and hygiene in the years that follow.

Becky’s Invisalign Journey May 2019

Hi everyone, I know it has been quite a while since my last blog, but there wasn’t much that happened between Aligner 13 to 19. But today I am due to have the gap between my two upper front teeth made wider,so that my front protruding teeth can be ‘pulled back’. This blog will outline the procedure, which is sometimes necessary to create more space for teeth to move into their corrected position.

With the expertise of Dr Neha Passan, I will try to explain the procedure, called interproximal reduction (IPR), or sometimes called ‘IDS’ (interdental stripping), using the pictures to the left.

Picture 1 – This how my teeth look before having the IPR done. You can see that there is no space between the teeth.

Firstly a rubber wedge is placed between the teeth to help gently push the teeth apart ever so slightly.

A small file is used to help create some space, by filling less than 0.25mm of my crowns. It is completely painless.

Then a rotary water instrument is used to widen the gap slightly, until the correct amount of tooth is removed. In my case this was 0.5mm.

The space is measured throughout this procedure as shown in picture to the left. This small gauge allows Neha to measure the space accurately.

As you can see from picture 1 to the 6th picture the space is now visible. This space will help to push my teeth back further and help close the gaps at the side of my mouth.

The last picture shows me with my new aligners. I have been given my next 3 aligners and will see Neha to see how I am getting on in a few weeks.

I cannot believe the difference having the Invisalign treatment has made to my life. I am no longer embarrassed and I feel more confident in my appearance. I recently got married and even though I have not yet finished my treatment, I was still be able to smile with confidence. You couldn’t even tell I was wearing my retainers on the day.

If you would like to discuss Invisalign or thinking of having braces please give us a call on 09108584461. One of our dedicated team members will be happy to help.

See you in a few weeks.


Fixing broken, rotten or missing teeth with dental implants in Milton Keynes

Having your teeth knocked out during sports or fall out some other sudden way, whilst traumatic, can be easily rectified – by replacing them with artificial teeth. Injuries do happen and a lifetime of bad lifestyle choices can lead you to lose your teeth, but that does not mean you should carry on with a gap where your two front incisors used to be.

Dental Implants in Milton Keynes

People, young and old, with one or more missing teeth, are undergoing dental restoration therapy, so they can reclaim their lives without fearing people’s judgement or facing threats that impact their oral health.

We at Northlight Dental offer you a spectrum of treatments suited to your lifestyle needs, which include dentures, bridges and dental implants in Milton Keynes.

Weigh up your choices

If you are in the market for a new tooth, you have probably done some of your homework and enquired about the best treatment options. We have compiled a list of things you should consider to help you make your decision easier.


What you might have heard through the grapevine is that implants per tooth are expensive, and that is before you consider other surgeries you might need to undergo to be regarded as a suitable candidate, i.e.bone grafts.

However, while not inexpensive, these one off costs, if you take care of your new tooth, are not likely to be repeated. Unlike dentures and bridges which are susceptible to wear and tear over time, your implant, if maintained, can last you a lifetime.


People currently with dentures or bridges are switching over to implants because they improve one’s quality of life in various ways:

  • Comfortable design

Implants replace old teeth at the root. They are surgically embedded into the jaw and can only be removed at the hands of a professional. Their fixed nature means you do not have to worry about your replacement tooth slipping while you eat or impeding your speech in conversation.

  • Convenience and maintenance

As previously mentioned, dentures slip out at inopportune moments, and while bridges are surgically placed into your mouth, nearby teeth need to be trimmed down for them to fit correctly. This damage can lead to health problems, like decay, later on.

Implants work and function like real teeth, you will probably forget their presence, and at the same time, because we replace the teeth at the root, their presence will not impede on the functioning of their neighbours.

Dentures require extra attention with regards to cleaning, using a special solution and immersing them in water overnight. Neglecting your dental hygiene could lead to red and inflamed tissue, a condition called denture-induced stomatitis.

How do I know if I am a candidate for implants?

One of our dentists will conduct a full examination, where x-rays, photographs and impressions will be taken to assess and diagnose the state of your teeth, mouth and jaw.

If you are deemed healthy enough – do not smoke, have not recently undergone radiation therapy and have enough bone to insert the implant – the procedure can then take place.

Our dream team can make your dream of smiling without feeling self-conscious a reality. Consider implants if you want to boast a brilliant set of pearly whites.

Of bites and braces

Are your teeth causing you discomfort from an overbite or underbite? Are crooked or crowded teeth making your feel self-conscious? You don’t have to suffer in silence, there is help at hand with a dentist. If you’ve thought about braces in Milton Keynes, you may be put off or daunted by them. But before you rule them out, it’s worth talking to a dentist about your concerns. There are more braces options out there than ever before and they are the best solution for resolving dental misalignments so you can enjoy better dental health.

Braces in Milton Keynes

How do braces work?

At Northlight Dental in Milton Keynes, we provide several different types of braces in Milton Keynes to effectively resolve various dental issues. These issues include crooked, crowded and gappy teeth, as well as overbites, underbites and crossbites. These can all affect your ability to eat and talk properly. Braces work by pushing or pulling the teeth into alignment using sustained pressure. This pressure causes the bone around your teeth to restructure itself to accommodate the new, straighter positions your braces are nudging them towards.

Advantages of braces

Straighter teeth look better, so your smile will certainly be enhanced. But they are also easier to clean, which means dental disease becomes a far less likely prospect in your future.

Types of braces

Braces fall into several different categories at our dentist in Milton Keynes:

  • fixed metal braces, which remain fixed to your teeth for the entire duration of your treatment
  • fixed braces made from tooth-coloured and transparent material providing more a more discreet look, which are also attached to your teeth throughout your treatment
  • removeable braces made of a clear material that can easily be taken out and put back in.

Are braces expensive?

The price of braces varies, depending on the type you choose. However, we understand that the cost can be challenging for many people to meet and so we enable payments to be spread out over time to make it more manageable.

How to find out more

We welcome new patients to register with us and book an appointment with a dentist to discuss getting braces in Milton Keynes.