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.
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.
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.
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. You will receive a comprehensive aftercare service from the team at Rhiwbina Dental.
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.
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.
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.
If you have been told you don’t have enough healthy bone to accommodate implants, we may be able to help. We offer a range of surgical preparation procedures, including bone grafting, sinus lifts and PRGF, which can get your jaw in a healthy condition prior to implants. With a specialist oral surgeon available at Rhiwbina Dental, you can rest assured that your smile is in experienced hands.