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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.
Dental implants explained
Dental implants are man-made tooth roots designed to secure your replacement teeth naturally. They are very durable, stable and strong and will last many years, however, on occasion, they will have to be replaced or tightened due to normal wear.
Reasons for dental implants:
- Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting adjacent teeth.
- Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth spaces.
- 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.
Porcelain veneers are a great option if you want a great looking smile in the shortest time possible. To cover chips, breaks, stains and gaps on your teeth, dental veneers are the way to go. Similar to crowns, they are applied to both the top and bottom teeth and their appearance mimics natural teeth. Dr. Khullar and his team at Dentalways can provide you with a smile evaluation to address your cosmetic concerns.
Problems associated with veneers?
Veneers can shift if they aren’t bonded to your teeth correctly. If this happens, they can recede from your gum line, causing problems in the future such as tooth decay and gum disease. Also, veneers typically last about 10-15 years before replacements need to be considered. Dental implants are typically a life-long solution and generally last about 25-30 years. Dental implants are inserted and attached directly to bone to provide a stable anchor for artificial teeth.
Natural, comfortable and healthy
When it comes to your health, both that of your mouth and your overall well-being, nothing beats dental implants from Dentalways. To read about our advanced implant placement procedure, click here.