Dental implants and Veneers are both popular cosmetic dentistry solutions to replace the missing teeth. When the goal is to cover gaps on a patient’s teeth, breaks, chips or even stains, porcelain veneers are a great option. Veneers go over the existing tooth’s surface to make it look better.
Veneers are thin pieces of a material (usually porcelain) that cover the teeth to make them look better. Properly made and bonded porcelain veneers will last longer than any dental restoration. Ten to Twenty years is a realistic expectation. However, when they are not placed in the correct manner, they can recede from your gum line, causing problems in the future such as tooth decay and gum disease. The treatment requires that the patient’s natural teeth be contoured and reshaped for them to fit. It’s very important to understand that this course of action is appropriate for patients with with healthy teeth and gums, who only want a better smile. During this procedure the teeth are covered with a thin layer of material, therefore your teeth will be protected and also look better.
Dental implants on the other hand, replace the natural tooth and therefore are a permanent solution. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal solution for patients suffering from various dental or gum diseases, aging or for those who suffered from major trauma which caused major tooth loss. Benefits of Dental Implants include:
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
- Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth space.
- Restore a patient’s confident smile.
- Restore chewing, speech, and digestion.
- Restore or enhance facial tissues.
- Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.
- While dental implants may need periodic adjustments, they can last a lifetime when properly placed and cared for over time.