Dental Implants vs Veneers : How to Choose

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Dentists have been seeing an increase in oral procedures such as dental implants and veneers. With that in mind, many patients still don’t comprehend the difference between the two and are uncertain of which treatment is best for them. While they are both restorative treatments achieving the same beautiful results of even and well-shaped teeth, their main difference is that dental implants address any oral health issue, whereas veneers solve more of a cosmetic concern.

When considering either of these options, it is essential to distinguish between the two procedures to ensure you’re following the best course of action.

Dental Implants

Dental implants can be recommended for the following:

  • Replacing decayed or missing roots without disturbing any adjacent teeth and allowing for crown restoration.

  • Supporting other dental devices including bridges or dentures when there are multiple teeth missing.

  • Fortifying a removable denture to help improve chewing as opposed to traditional dentures that simply add more pressure to the jawbone.

For patients experiencing multiple tooth loss or necessary extractions, dental implants have proven to be the more superior alternative to a more permanent solution. Through a process known as osseointegration, a biocompatible titanium rod is surgically inserted to replace the extracted root and is left to heal and bond with the jawbone. Once the titanium rod is infused into the bone, an abutment is screwed onto the post, and this process allows for an artificial crown to restore your smile.

Dental Veneers

Veneers can help correct several dental discrepancies such as:

  • Improving the alignment of misshapen or crooked teeth

  • Repairing large cracks or chips in your teeth

  • Replacing discolored teeth that are visible when smiling

  • Repairing gaps or crowding that isn’t too extensive

For cosmetic treatments that are concerning visible teeth, veneers are considered the more viable option. Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are cemented and bonded to the front teeth. This procedure is not as invasive as obtaining dental implants, with the dentist only requiring a small portion of the front enamel layer to be removed for a more precise covering and fit. The results are seamless and invisible, and its stain-resistant material allows the veneers to sustain its naturally-resembling tooth color.


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