DENTAL IMPLANT FAQs

  • What are dental implants?

    Dental implants are used as a replacement for a natural tooth root when a tooth and its root are missing. The implant itself is a very small but strong post made of biocompatible material, which is surgically inserted into the jawbone in place of the missing tooth root.

  • Can implants always be used to replace missing teeth?

    This depends on the condition of the bone in your jaw. We will assess the quality of your bone using digital x-rays and images. If the bone is unsuitable, it may be possible to graft bone into the area to enable treatment. We will discuss all the various options with you.

  • Does implant treatment hurt?

    Placing an implant is a relatively simple procedure for skilled clinicians. We use a local anaesthetic to numb the area so you should not feel any pain. For nervous patients or in very complex cases we may recommend conscious sedation.

    Post-surgery you may experience some pain and a little discomfort and swelling, but this can be treated at home with over the counter painkillers.

  • Are implants safe?

    Dental implants are a safe, well-established treatment, supported by over 30 years of clinical evidence. We have a 99% success rate with the implants we have placed.

  • How long do implants last?

    Once the dental implant has integrated with the bone and surrounding soft tissue, its life will be largely determined by the quality of at-home care and attendance at regular clinical reviews.

    If poorly cared for, plaque can build up, just as with natural teeth and this can lead to gum infection, bleeding and general discomfort. However, well-maintained implants can be expected to last many years and often a whole lifetime.

  • Am I too old for implant treatment?

    There is no upper age for dental implants and they are successfully used as an anchorage for dentures. Your suitability will depend on the quality of the bone in your jaw and our consideration of your individual case.

To find out if you are suitable for treatment with dental implants, telephone Rhiwbina Dental in Cardiff on 029 2062 6551 or complete the enquiry form and we will contact you.