Dental Implants vs Veneers Torrance CATrying to decide between veneers and implants? Both of these can bring a remarkable improvement to your smile. But there are many differences between these esthetic treatment choices – and it can affect whether you decide to get one or the other. We want you to have all the important information before you make a decision.

Dental Implants or Veneers – Which is Right For You?

Both veneers and the implants have their individual advantages and problems. And your aesthetic, operational, and financial priorities will have the deciding weight in your choice.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Implants are the most recent and fashionable route in functional and aesthetic dentistry. An implant is a replacement tooth root which is built to be as sturdy as a natural root – and in some situations, the bond can become even stronger. It is a threaded post of titanium alloy that is screwed into the jaw bone. Over the course of a few months – usually between three and six months – it will meld into the jaw. For all intents and purposes, it becomes a part of the body, due to a process called Osseo-Integration. You can attach one porcelain crown over the implant, or use properly located multiple implants to support a complete set of artificial teeth, just with an abutment.

Veneers

What are Veneers?

Veneers are thin, shell-like caps, less than half a millimeter in thickness, fabricated with porcelain or composite materials. They are available in a wide range of colors and shades, to match your surrounding teeth. Veneers are regularly applied to the front teeth, but can also be used on upper, lower, or both sets of teeth in certain cases. They are a great solution for covering up any damaged, discolored, or cracked teeth. Porcelain veneers are translucent, and reflect the natural appearance of the teeth back. If the teeth are stained, colored veneers can be applied using an opaque cement.

Standard Implant Procedure

The standard implant procedure is somewhat lengthy, usually involving several visits and a period of time between three and six months. But don’t worry about any pain during the procedure – the procedure itself won’t hurt or cause any pain, because it must be performed under local anesthesia. The procedure includes these steps:

  • Consultation and Examination – This is an essential step at the start of the process. During your first appointment, you and one of our expert dentists will discuss exactly what you want. Then, the dentist will take a detailed look through your medical and dental history and examine your mouth orally to determine your current oral health, and view 3-D X-ray images of your jaw to determine the condition of your jaw bone. This is very important, because the jaw bone has to be strong enough to give support to the implants and be able to bear all the chewing forces transmitted during eating.
  • Extraction of Existing Teeth – If your existing teeth have a poor prognosis, they are extracted from the jaw. Then, the gum is given time for healing.
  • Grafting – If the jaw bone or gum flesh is lacking, grafting of gum flesh and jaw bone is still a possibility. Similarly, gum flesh may need to be grafted to improve aesthetics. Grafting involves surgery, and a duration of three months should be allowed after grafting.
  • Installation of Implants – Once enough bone has grown, holes are drilled into the structure with speed controlled drills at pre-calculated placements and angles. The implants are fitted with an abutment, which will help the artificial teeth later. The gum flesh is stitched over the implants. The patient is sent home to allow Osseo-integration to occur, which may take three to six months.
  • Placement of Crowns – The next appointment will be planned after osseo-integration has taken place. Specially fabricated crowns are secured to the implants through the abutments. In situations when all the teeth are being restored, a complete set of fourteen teeth can be supported on four suitably located and angled implants. This is called an ‘all-on-four’. In some situations, more than four implants may be required.

Same-Day Implants at PermaDent

To avoid the long wait before you can get your beautiful new smile, dentists have developed a same-day implant procedure. These implants are fitted with a crown, denture, or bridge, immediately following their placement inside the jaw bone.

How are Veneers Applied?

Veneers can be applied relatively quickly, but it must be done by an expert dentist. Normally, two visits are needed for this procedure. In the first, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth and deliver them to the lab for manufacturing. The color, shade, and material type that has been previously chosen by you and the dentist will sent to the lab. The choice of material will make a difference in the price.

The next visit will be scheduled after the veneers have been completely manufactured. The teeth are prepared, and the veneers are cemented onto them.

How is Osseo-integration Helpful in Ensuring Implant Success?

This is the major distinguishing component of implants. No other dental restoration type in modern dentistry has this effect.  When titanium implants are inserted into living bone, bone cells will start to grow into surface of the implant. And usually within six months, the implant is so well fused with the bone that it forms a sturdy, natural bond.

Where are Veneers Useful?

Veneers are perfect for covering up the following aesthetic issues and concerns:

  • Discolored permanent teeth

  • Gaps in teeth

  • Chipped teeth

  • Cracked teeth

  • Crooked or deformed teeth

With the help of high-quality veneers, you can get a shining smile in no time.

What are the Benefits of Dental implants?

  • Long Life – Implants can last a lifetime. With proper care, they can last over twenty years.
  • No Deterioration – With porcelain teeth on implants, discoloration, cracking or dislocation will not occur.
  • Osseo-integration– Because of the titanium metal used in them, these implants have the special property of osseo-integration, or fusion with the bone. This gives them strength, durability, and long life.
  • Becomes Part of the Body – Osseo-integration implants are not add-ons like veneers. They become a part of the patient’s mouth.
  • Bone Growth – Implants encourage bone growth to some degree.
  • No Additional Care Needed – Implant supported teeth do not have any restrictions on what you eat and do not need any special care other than regular oral hygiene.
  • No Caries-No Gum Disease – Veneers can slide and expose teeth to decay and gum-to-gum diseases. With implant supported teeth, there is no chance of them slipping off. Additionally, these artificial teeth will not suffer from decay.
  • Full Mouth Implants – Implants can also be used for full mouth restoration in a single jaw.

Limitations of Veneers

There are some limitations associated with the use of veneers. Here are the most apparent ones that may become the source of some concern:

  • Tooth Replacement Not Possible – Dental implants are mainly used for replacing lost teeth, while veneers are only used for cosmetic restoration of crooked and chipped teeth.
  • Limited Life – Veneers have a typical lifespan of ten years, after which they need to be replaced.
  • Cracks – Veneers may crack in certain situations, especially if not bonded properly during the initial procedure.
  • Dislocation – In case the veneers have not been cemented properly, they may shift and recede from the gum line, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Which Do You Choose?

Now you have information that should help you decide between getting veneers and implants. You should note that implants, despite their high cost, are unmatched in terms of their appearance, convenience, and durability. In addition, same-day implants can be applied even faster than veneers. So set up an appointment with one of our expert dentists and discover what we can do to bring that beautiful smile back to your mouth.

Looking for more options? Check out the pros and cons of dental implants and dental bridges.