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Dental Implant FAQs

Discover the transformative procedure of dental implants in Southend-on-Sea.

Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Implants

What is advantage of implants over other methods?

The most common alternatives to dental implants are denture and bridges.

Getting a bridge requires attaching false teeth to your existing teeth. This involves filing or modifying the teeth on either side of missing teeth in order to support bridge which can have implication is future. Also, often require replacement which makes it more costly option over time.

Dentures are false teeth attached to plastic or metal plate which are placed in placed in mouth and are removable. They are cumbersome, uncomfortable and limit your dietary intake. Also, with time they might wear or become loose fitted causing slippage and imprecise fit issues.

Whereas dental implants are the permanent solution to missing teeth. They are comfortable, effective, aesthetically pleasing, look and behave just like natural tooth, do not impact surrounding teeth and less costly over long run.

How do I know if I’m suitable for dental implants?

A person who can undergo tooth extractions or bridgework can undergo dental implant treatment. The location and the amount of bone available in the implant area is normally the major factor to be considered for any case.

Normally implants are suitable and best option for most cases but its best to have a consultation with our dentist to check for suitability and ask any questions you might have for the treatment.

Can I get dental implants on NHS?

Dental implants are typically not available through the NHS, as they are considered a cosmetic procedure. In some rare cases where the implants are deemed medically necessary, the NHS may cover the cost. It’s best to consult with our dentist and NHS dental services for specific eligibility criteria and options available in your area.

How long does it take for the dental implant treatment?

Our dentist should be able to give you a rough estimate about time after your first consultation. Nowadays some false teeth are fitted as the same time as implants for some cases.

Check with our dentist to see if it’s suitable for you. Normally the false teeth are fitted after 3-4 months after placing the implant.

In some instances it might take longer due to complexity of the case but your dentist should be able to let you know about this during your treatment.

How do dental implants look?

They look exactly the same as your natural teeth.

Does dental Implant hurt?

Discomfort during dental implant placement is minimal, as local anaesthesia is used. After the procedure, some soreness and swelling may occur, but can be managed with pain medication. Overall, patients report little to no pain during and after the dental implant process.

Can smokers get dental implants?

Although smoking can increase the risk of complications and hinder the healing process, smokers can still get dental implants. However, it is strongly advised to quit smoking or at least reduce smoking to increase the chances of successful implant integration.

Is there an age limit for dental implant treatment?

There is no strict age limit for dental implant treatment. As long as you have good oral health and are suitable for the procedure, dental implants can be considered at any age.

Will I be without teeth during the implant process?

Our dentist will provide temporary tooth replacements during the healing period to ensure you don’t go without teeth. These can be removable dentures or temporary crowns.

Do I need bone grafts for dental implants?

The need for bone grafts in dental implant procedures depends on the individual’s jawbone health. While not every patient requires a bone graft, they play a pivotal role in creating a strong foundation for successful implantation.

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Paul Fowke
Paul Fowke
2024-05-16
I had a private emergency appointment booked by mistake in error. The private dentist looked at my missing filling and said it was only half missing. Told receptionist that a was on Universal Credit and the £ 73 charge was wavered by Private dental as it was a mistake by receptionist cancelled NHS six months check up. Appointment was rebooked to see my usual NHS dentist.
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Katherine Julia Townend
2024-05-16
Westcliff Dental Practice is a very good dentist and the dentists are excellent. I have been with them for many years and recommend them. The hygiest at Westcliff Dental Practice, Liz is very good, I have been for two years and I haven't had to have any more teeth removed since, she is saving my teeth.
Pauline Whittick
Pauline Whittick
2024-05-15
My husband and I have been patients at Westcliff Dental Practice for many years and have always had good treatment. However for the past 15 years or so we have been under the care of Daanish Chatteroo who has been excellent. I am a very nervous visiting the dentist but Daanish is always very kind, patient and puts me at ease. Thank you Daanish and all the staff at the practice.
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brenda nicholls
2024-05-11
It was my first appointment with Negin, the most pleasant of dentists, from Hungary.,she was so thorough and pleasant. I am so happy to be continuing my treatment with her. I have been with this practice over 25 years and have been disappointed since my long term practitioner left in Covid, but this has restored my trust. Thank you Negin. Brenda
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andrew cadman
2024-05-11
Put me at eas and always on time very caring and professional,also the front desk ladies are polite and helpful
Rupert Bertie
Rupert Bertie
2024-05-11
The best dental hygienist that I’ve come across in all the years I’ve been receiving follow up dental treatment from a hygienist is Lis-Jane who works at the Westcliff Dental Practice along the London Road in Westcliff.
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Sarah saleemi Private
2024-05-11
Frances wong is an amazing dentist I wouldn't go anywhere else
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Nick Wimbledon
2024-05-11
Lovely, friendly practice and staff. Appointment was on time and great service as always
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Eddie Conway
2024-05-10
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