Dental implants are a reliable, long-term solution to replace a single missing tooth as well as multiple missing teeth. Whether you have a few single gaps in your smile or a bigger gap where several teeth are missing, dental implants can be used successfully to conceal the spaces. Functionally and aesthetically dental implants are as close to having your natural teeth back as possible.
There are many oral health consequences of having multiple missing teeth and the sooner you seek treatment the better the outcome. As every day you are missing a tooth you will be losing bone which can result in the increased risk of gum disease, sensitivity, tipping of teeth (and resultant jaw and bite problems) and aesthetically, your face may begin to appear sunken. Bite and chewing ability can also be affected in various ways depending upon which teeth are missing. If the spaces created by missing teeth are left unrestored often the remaining teeth come under more pressure leading to excessive tooth wear that will affect their structural integrity.
Implant treatment options for multiple missing teeth
If single teeth are missing from different parts of the mouth and neighbouring teeth are unsuitable for conventional dental bridges an Implant-Supported Crown may be recommended, allowing you to have multiple missing teeth replaced around the mouth.
When several teeth are missing next to one another other an Implant-Retained Bridge will often be a good solution. This is often the treatment of choice when the natural teeth on either side of the gap are not strong enough to support a conventional dental bridge. Two or more implants can be used to support and anchor a bridge of multiple artificial teeth.
All-On-4 can be used in cases where there are no teeth present at all in the mouth. Using this technique, a permanently fixed bridge is placed on top of four implants strategically placed in the jawbone. Occasionally, an additional fifth or sixth implant is used as well (All-On-5, All-On-6). Find out more about All-On-4 treatments.
Am I a suitable candidate for implants?
Usually yes, everyone who is considered healthy is typically suitable for dental implants. With modern 3D CT scanning technology and our ability to replace and rebuild bone when necessary, nobody should think that dental implants are not an option for them. Nobody should have to persevere with a gap or a loose or uncomfortable denture.
There are several different types of implants that can deal with different scenarios. If there is not enough bone we can reconstruct the bone in a procedure called guided bone regeneration (GBR) or bone grafting. There is also no age limit to implant dentistry. At Holmes Dental Care in Whitchurch, Cardiff we welcome anyone from the ages of 21-80yrs+ be it after accidents, tooth extractions or following general tooth loss.
Clinical expertise in advanced dental implant techniques
Holmes Dental Care has an enviable reputation for implant dentistry across Cardiff, South Wales and beyond. Our principal dentist Dr Barry Holmes has been placing implants successfully for over 10 years with success rates of over 99% and is experienced in advanced reconstructive techniques that often accompany dental implant procedures. He was one of the first dentists in South Wales to attain a Masters Degree specifically in implant dentistry (for which he achieved distinction from the University of Bristol) and is well regarded as the study club director for ITI South Wales and registered mentor for the Straumann Dental Implant System (the Swiss company that is the global leader in dental implant technology) as well as full member of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners and Royal College of Surgeons, ITI (International Team for Implantology) and ADI (Association of Dental Implantology).
Payment options to suit every pocket
Finance options (including 0% interest free over 6 to 12 months and low cost finance over longer terms) are available for all dental implant treatments. To find out more about dental implants book an appointment or free virtual consultation.
Would you like to know more about Implant treatment?
If you want to know more about dental implants, have a question about a treatment, wish to book an appointment or would just like more information, call us and attend an implant consultation or book a free virtual consultation with Dr Barry Holmes where you will find out more about implant dentistry and the best treatment options for your situation. As an experienced and highly skilled general dental practitioner and implantologist, Dr Holmes can provide any solution even if dental implants are not deemed to be the most suitable solution.
The consequences of missing teeth on your dental health can be significant. Teeth can move position in the mouth to compensate for the missing teeth, resulting in a compromised bite, tension headaches and difficulties in cleaning. This can leave you at risk of dental decay, gum disease or oral infections. Bone loss in the jaw can also occur in the area where a tooth was situated. Often in these circumstances many people rule themselves out of dental implant treatment. But this may not be so, and we may be able to help you. Even when lots of bone may have been lost, implants can be placed into other parts of the jaw, cheekbone or in conjunction with bone grafting procedures – it is almost always possible to place an implant as long as your medical condition and circumstances permit.
Our patients are often surprised at how little discomfort they experience during and after implant procedures. The procedures can be carried out using a local anaesthetic to keep you comfortable and sedation is also available. Our experienced team will take good care of you throughout your treatment with us and will listen to any worries or concerns you may have along the way.
For routine cases, from the time of implant placement to the time of placing the replacement tooth can be somewhere between 3 to 6 months. In more complex cases involving the replacement of several teeth or bone regeneration, treatment can take longer, with some cases lasting up to 18 months. We must take several factors into consideration and until you have been fully assessed it is difficult to provide an exact timeframe.
My first implant has been completed today – a lower left 5 premolar. Barry and his staff have taken care to make it a pleasant experience and kept me well-informed and comfortable throughout. My thanks to them all.Dr JC, had implants
I had lost a few back teeth over the last few years and I’ve been aware and very conscious of the gaps. I had a plate put in place but it proved to be uncomfortable and cumbersome in the mouth. Over the last year, I’ve undergone treatment for 2 implants which are now complete. I have had an amazing experience. I’ve been looked after well by Barry and all the staff involved in the process. Just having my new teeth is fantastic. This will give me new confidence and a fabulous new smile. Thank you.SD, had implants
I am writing to you with regard to the treatment that I needed to be done to my front teeth because my former dentist had done a really bad job on my teeth that it caused me to look for another to set it right.
When I first visited your practice there was a warm welcome from your staff and when I started my treatment that was done over a period of time it was done in a very professional manner and in a nice clean surgery. I was informed every step of the way what was going to be done and I am very pleased with the result.
I would like to say a very big thank you to you an your staff for the work done and support given to me over the course of my treatment and would recommend you to others.JM, had implants