Missing teeth can negatively affect your self-confidence and also impact your daily life, by limiting the foods you eat and even preventing you from smiling freely. Luckily, choosing the expert clinicians at Rhiwbina for your dental implants in Cardiff can change your life for the better - enhancing your confidence, facial appearance and smile as well as your oral and general well-being. Implants can offer a permanent solution to missing teeth, essentially mimicking your natural tooth root and providing a fully functional replacement for your missing teeth.

A dental implant acts as a replacement for a natural tooth root. Implants are made of titanium and are fitted in bone where the tooth root would normally be. When fully integrated to the bone, a post (or abutment) is attached to the implant and a crown, bridge or denture is then placed over the abutment to replace the missing tooth or teeth. Implants are alternatives to complex restorative treatment on your natural tooth such as conventional bridges or dentures. The best dental implants are safe, non-toxic, and biocompatible. Your bone will grow around the implant, known as osseointegration, to anchor the implant within your jaw. First used over 30 years ago, dental implants have evolved to provide a treatment option with a 95% success rate of over 10 years. Implants are now considered the number one option to replace a missing tooth or teeth.

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Look better. Dental implants look and feel just like natural teeth and can offer you the smile you have lost or the smile you have always wanted.

Eat your favourite foods. Have you missed eating things like apples, steak and even corn on the cob? You can enjoy them again with confidence.

Permanently replace missing teeth. Dental implant are the only restoration that can replace the root of a missing tooth and eliminate the need for sticky denture adhesives.

Maintain your existing bone structure. Implants can help support your facial tissues by maintaining your bone structure and. This will, in turn, reduce “shrinkage” or sagging that can make you look older than you are.

  • How long does dental implant treatment take?

    There is no set time and the length of treatment will depend on a patient’s individual circumstances. Treatment can take as little as six weeks, but more complex treatment will take longer.

  • Are implants safe and how long will they last?

    Implants have been around for more than 30 years and are a safe and clinically proven technology. Implants have an integration success rate of up to 98 per cent, and if properly maintained, will last for a considerable number of years, if not a lifetime.

  • Can I have more than one implant?

    Yes. You can have any number of teeth replaced with implants – from one single tooth to a complete set.

  • Can implants always be used to replace missing teeth?

    It depends on the condition of the bone in your jaw. Your dentist will carry out several tests to find out how much bone is there, and if there’s not enough, or the bone isn’t healthy enough, some bone grafting may be required before implant treatment can go ahead.

  • Do implants hurt?

    Placing an implant can be easier than extracting a tooth and is usually done using a simple local anaesthetic. You will not feel any pain during the procedure, but there may be some discomfort in the week after surgery.

  • What happens next?

    After your implants have been placed, the bone in your jaw needs to grow onto them and fuse to them, a process called osseointegration. This usually takes about 6 to 12 weeks. After the healing period the replacement tooth (a crown, bridge or denture) is secured to the implant.