A dental implant is a small, screw-like fixture made of titanium or titanium zirconium which is placed in the jawbone, normally under local anaesthetic, and acts as a replacement for a missing natural tooth root. Once healed, the artificial root acts as a base for fixing individual crowns, multi-tooth bridges or dentures.

Straumann Implants
At Rhiwbina, our first choice for dental implants is the renowned Swiss-engineered Straumann system. With over 60 years of excellence in the field of implant dentistry, Straumann implants are well-researched, tried and tested and deservedly the system of choice for leading implant dentists worldwide, as well as right here in Cardiff.


Single teeth dental implant diagram

Single tooth replacement

Often a single tooth is lost due to an accident and in these cases, which often occur in younger people, a dental implant is a reliable and stable option. A dental implant placed in this scenario does not require any preparation of the adjacent teeth – such as would be the case with a bridge.

Multiple teeth dental implant diagram

Multiple teeth replacement

Dental implants can also be used to support multiple teeth. This usually involves the placement of two implants, which are used to support a fixed bridge.

Full arch teeth dental implant diagram

Full arch implants

To replace all the teeth in an arch, as an alternative to a denture for example, requires several implants to be placed. The number of implants required and the position of their placement will be determined by your dentist when he or she has assessed your individual case.

Overdentures dental implant diagram


A loose fitting denture is a common problem for traditional denture wearers. Securing dentures using dental implants restores functional chewing and reduces irritation of the gums, leading to an enhanced quality of life. The additional support enables the wearer to carry on their life with confidence, eat what they want and smile without being self-conscious.


Peri-implantitis is an inflammatory disease around the gums caused by bacterial infection. It can result in the deterioration of the bone which supports the implant and usually requires surgical treatment.

Early warning signs of peri-implantitis are red, swollen gums around the implant site and bleeding when brushing. Other risks factors for developing peri-implantitis include previous periodontal disease, poor plaque control, smoking and diabetes.
Because bone loss is painless, many people don’t realise they have the condition, so scrupulous oral hygiene and regular follow-up appointments are essential after implant treatment.