As a highly experienced oral surgeon working across practices in Cardiff and Swansea, Dr Holmes is one of South Wales’ most prominent dental implantologists. If you are considering dental implants, or have been referred by your own dentist, this page will provide all the initial information you need and answer some of the most common questions about dental implants. If you’re in a hurry, you don’t even need to ask your general dentist to refer you – get yourself seen quicker by filling out Dr Holmes’ simple referral form here.
Why choose dental implants?
Dental implants are a high-tech method of replacing a missing tooth or teeth. The procedure involves placing an artificial tooth ‘root’ in the jaw bone, to which a new tooth can be attached. State-of-the-art technology and techniques mean that dental implants involve relatively minor surgery – with results that last a lifetime. Dentists agree that there is no better way to recreate the look, feel and permanence of a real tooth.
Dental implants will…
…restore your confidence.
Dental implants not only restore tooth function, they give you back your smile too – and it’s this emotional factor that makes implants such a popular solution. Because dental implants are fixed and permanent, they don’t carry the risks of damage and breakage associated with other forms of restorative dental work, so once your implants have been completed, you can get on with life without worrying about your teeth.
…restore your quality of life.
Dental implants have the exceptional benefit of allowing you to eat and drink what you want, when you want – so they’re a great alternative to dentures, which can limit your food choices in numerous ways.
…restore your vitality.
Dental implants play an important role in preventing the ageing effects of jaw shrinkage. Even if missing teeth aren’t causing you any discomfort, in the long term the bone underneath will shrink and become brittle, causing the facial tissues to sag dramatically. Dental implants maintain the health and structure of your jaw bone, giving you a youthful smile that won’t fade over time.
“Dr Holmes has been brilliant to me – a star in fact. Thank you so much for everything. The relief is immeasurable and the stress of it all, the embarrassment etc, is gone – I am so grateful.”
Frequently Asked Questions
A dental implant is a small post made of titanium – which is light, extremely strong and biocompatible, and is well tolerated by the body.
Implants can be used for a variety of purposes, replacing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or a full set of teeth. Implants can also be used to permanently anchor bridges and dentures. Dr Holmes is experienced in placing the renowned Straumann implant system, as well as using advanced biomaterials products by Botiss, Geistlich and Osteobiol – the advantages of which he will explain during your consultation.
Dental implantology is an extremely precise form of surgery, thanks to modern advances in digital technology. Where appropriate, a CT scan will be arranged.
Once the implant has been inserted, the next step in the process is to wait while it integrates with the jaw bone. Over a period of around three months, the bone will naturally fuse with the implant, creating the solid, permanent structure onto which a crown can be fixed. While you are waiting, a temporary prosthesis (crown, bridge or denture) can be fitted.
The final stage of implant surgery is all about the aesthetics, when Dr Holmes will affix your custom-made crown, or artificial tooth, to the implant. You will be given special instructions on looking after your teeth post-implant surgery, and will be required to attend follow-up appointments to monitor progress and keep your teeth in top condition.
No – implant surgery is usually a completely pain-free procedure and is most often carried out in complete comfort under local anaesthetic – though conscious sedation, combining local anaesthetic with sedative and analgesic, is also an option. There may be some swelling for a few days after the procedure. Dr Holmes will supply you with a comprehensive aftercare plan.
Most patients can return to work within one or two days of surgery – though some patients can even to return to work the same day.
From start to finish, the majority of dental implants cases take 2-4 months, though this can vary according to the complexity of the case and whether extractions are required.
Generally speaking, yes. We don’t recommend it for children, whose jaws are still growing, but for everyone else, if your mouth is healthy then it is likely that implants will be suitable for you. If your mouth is not healthy, Dr Holmes will consult with you about a treatment plan to carry out the necessary dental work to get your oral health back to optimum condition.