Are you unhappy with the appearance of your smile? Are you experiencing some dental pain or tooth pain or other issues that have you thinking about getting artificial teeth? If you are considering getting veneers or dental implants but are unsure of which one to choose, this article will provide some helpful information in order to help make your decision. Part of this decision will be dependent on the health of your teeth, but the more information you have, the better you will be able to choose which one is the best option for you!
What to Expect with Veneers
Veneers are composed of porcelain and are very thin (hence the name). They are covered in a resin that matches the color and shade of your natural teeth, so they blend in nicely. Many people consider getting veneers because they are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth due to staining, chipping, or having crooked teeth or large gaps. Veneers are placed in your mouth permanently by attaching them to the outside of your teeth.
There are both advantages and disadvantages of having veneers. Veneers not only correct the aesthetic aspects of your smile, but they also help to protect the enamel of your teeth and prevent them from wearing down even further. Another advantage of veneers is that they are typically easy to install and the procedure is fairly quick. Some of the disadvantages of having veneers is that they eventually have to be replaced; however, you should expect quality veneers to last 10 – 20 years. Also, veneers do not protect against other dental health concerns such as gum disease or tooth decay.
Best Candidates: Those looking for purely cosmetic improvements; not missing any teeth; no major dental issues.
What to Expect with Dental Implants
Dental implants are used to replace missing or severely damaged teeth, in a variety of situations. Patients with teeth that are decaying, damaged, missing or are just not able to serve a functional purpose anymore are great cases for dental implants. It’s important to remember that dental implants are used to support other dental work, such as crowns, bridges and even dentures. They allow us to permanently place a single crown, or serve as a strong anchor for dentures. They are incredibly versatile, and one of the greatest advancements in dental technology.
Now, the process of placing dental implants in the mouth is more intensive than the process for affixing veneers. For dental implants, we will place a titanium implant into the space of the missing tooth (or teeth) to act as a root, attaching the implant directly to the bone. A crown or bridge is then placed on top of the implant.
As with the veneers, dental implants have advantages and disadvantages. Some advantages are that the implants are very strong and sturdy and they last much longer than veneers; they are basically permanent. Crowns placed on dental implants act just like natural teeth, and are therefore very easy to adjust to. They feel like your natural teeth! Additionally, implants help to prevent bone loss, which is a serious concern if you have missing teeth.
The primary disadvantage of dental implants is that it is a more intensive procedure, as well as a longer process from beginning to completion. This is because once we place the implant, your mouth needs time to heal.
Best Candidates: Those looking for permanent solution; missing one or more teeth; considering a single crown, bridge, or even full dentures.
Whichever decision you make, if you’re looking for a dentist who specializes in veneers and dental implants in Pensacola, Dr. Campus and Sorrento Dental staff are ready to give you that beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Reach out to schedule an appointment to go over your options!