Whether you should get dental implants or porcelain veneers depends on the problem you are trying to fix. Simply put, dental implants replace missing teeth and veneers provide an enhancement to your smile by improving aesthetics.
If you have teeth that are healthy but have cosmetic issues such as stains, chips or gaps, veneers are a great option to give you a beautiful smile in a short amount of time. If you have a larger problem affecting your oral health, like missing teeth, bone loss or receding gums, it will be better to choose dental implants as a stable anchor for artificial teeth.
When you are missing teeth for whatever reason, your jawbone recedes. Unless tooth roots are there to stimulate the bone, the bone continues to shrivel away. When you experience bone loss, it can be detrimental to not just your mouth, but your overall health as well. You’ll look older, your mouth won’t function and work the way it should and many day-to-day activities become compromised. Because bone loss is painless, you may think it’s not happening to you, however, it’s a silent process. Bone loss in the jaws occurs in everyone who has missing teeth.
When you have missing teeth, for your dental health and for your overall health benefit, dental implants are the best option available. For those that have their natural teeth, but want to improve them cosmetically, veneers are the best option. Veneers are thin porcelain restorations that cover the front surfaces of teeth to improve aesthetics and enhance your smile.
Here is Everything You Need to Know About Dental Implants and Veneers:
The Problems They Solve
Veneers are a great solution for teeth that are healthy but not aesthetically pleasing. They cover up any imperfections from chips, gaps, stains and more. They only cover the forward-facing side of the tooth’s surface, unlike crowns. Their appearance resembles natural teeth and they will be customized to fit your smile. Veneers are a confidence booster but they do not impact the function of your teeth whatsoever.
Dental implants are permanent teeth replacements. They can be used to replace one or several teeth or in extreme cases, the entire mouth. They are a solution to bone loss, receding gums and missing teeth. Implants are extremely important for people missing teeth.
If missing teeth aren’t replaced, the jawbone actually recedes. If the roots of the teeth are no longer present to stimulate the jawbone, it will start to deteriorate. This will start to affect not only dental health but health in general. Eating and talking may become more difficult and the bone structure in the face will change.
Veneers are made of porcelain or composite resin material.
Dental implants, on the other hand, are made of titanium and dental crowns.
Which Is Better, Dental Implants or Veneers?
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Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth or to support dentures. Their main benefit is that they prevent bone loss from occurring which is one of the reasons that dentures become uncomfortable to wear, as the jaw starts to change shape.
In order to have implants a person needs to have enough bone to support them, although in many cases bone grafting can help to increase the depth of the bone. Since the procedure requires surgery, not everyone will be a suitable candidate.
Veneers do not require surgery and require a minimum of 2 visits to the dentist, so in most cases a patient can enhance their smile with veneers in just a few weeks. This compares with tooth implants that can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months, or even longer, to complete.
Dental implants often require several surgeries and months put aside for healing. This is the typical process for putting in one dental implant:
- The problematic tooth is removed.
- The jawbone is prepared for surgery potentially involving bone grafting if the bone isn’t thick or strong enough.
- An incision is made into the gum to expose the bone then a hole is drilled into the bone.
- A dental implant metal post used to recreate a tooth root is placed inside this hole in the jawbone.
- A temporary denture may or may not be provided for appearance’s sake during this healing process.
- After several months of healing, osseointegration occurs in the jawbone which creates the base for the fake tooth.
- A second minor surgery occurs with local anesthesia where a dentist will reopen the gum to expose the metal post.
- The abutment will then be attached to this post and have the gum tissue closed around it.
- After a one to two week healing process, the artificial tooth is attached by being screwed into the abutment.
Here is how the process for putting in veneers would typically go:
- Approximately ½ of a millimeter of enamel is removed from the surface of the teeth.
- A model of the teeth without this enamel will be made and sent to a lab where the veneers will be constructed.
- Once the veneers are made they are sent back to dentist and placed to ensure they fit the natural teeth.
- If they’re not perfect, the dentist will trim the veneers to make them fit properly.
- Once they’re the proper fit and look, the teeth will be prepared by being cleaned, polished and etched. This facilitates the bonding process.
- A cement is applied to the veneers which are then applied to the natural teeth.
- The chemicals in the cement are activated using a specialty light beam which causes it to harden quickly.
- Excessive cement is removed and bite demonstrations occur.
- Any required adjustments like trims or more cement are made to the veneers if necessary.
Note that veneers may cause your mouth to have some sensitivity to hot and/or cold. Additionally, you may not be eligible to get veneers if your teeth are weak or you grind your teeth.
Which Is Cheaper, Dental Implants or Veneers?
Implants are more expensive than veneers. That said, dental implants have the potential to be a lifelong solution and can last for several decades if cared for correctly. Veneers on the other hand, will typically last between 10 to 15 years after which they will need to be replaced.
For more information on dental implants or veneers, contact Anacapa Dental Art Institute, Oxnard, Ventura County today. It is our mission to provide our customers with the highest quality and most cost-efficient dental services in the city.
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