Dental Implants Vs Veneers Torrance CATrying to decide between veneers and implants? Both choices can bring an amazing improvement to your smile. But there are several differences between these esthetic treatment choices – which can affect whether you decide on getting one or the other. We offer both of these treatment options to our patients. But you should have all the relevant information before you make your decision.

Dental Implants or Veneers – Which is Best For You?

Both veneers and the implants have their individual advantages and issues. And your aesthetic, operational, and financial priorities will be some deciding factors in your decision.

Dental Implants

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Dental Implants

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

Veneers

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What are Veneers?

Veneers are thin shells, less than half a millimeter thick, made with porcelain or composite materials. They come in a wide range of colors and shades, to match your current color. Veneers are usually applied to the front teeth, but they can also be placed on upper, lower, or both sets of teeth in certain cases. They are the ideal solution for hiding any damaged or cracked teeth. Porcelain veneers are opaque, and reflect the natural teeth color. If the teeth are stained, colored veneers can be used with opaque cement.

Standard Implant Procedure

The standard implant procedure is somewhat long, typically involving several visits and a healing period between three to six months. But you shouldn’t be concerned about any painful situations – the procedure itself will not be painful because it must be done under local anesthesia. Here are the steps:

  • Consultation and Examination – This is an required step at the start of the process. During your first appointment, your dentist and you will talk about exactly what you want. Your dentist will take a full, detailed look at your medical and dental history. He will examine your mouth orally to view the state of your oral health, and look at 3-D X-ray images of your jaw to determine the condition of your jaw bone. This is important, because the jaw bone needs to be strong enough to hold the implants and be able to bear all the chewing stresses transmitted when you eat.
  • Extraction of Existing Teeth – If your existing teeth can not be saved, they are removed from the jaw. Then, the gum will need time to heal.
  • Grafting – If the jaw bone or gum flesh is lacking, grafting of gum flesh and jaw bone is a possibility. Similarly, gum flesh may need to be grafted to improve the appearance. Grafting involves surgery, and a period of three months needs to be allowed following grafting.
  • Installation of Implants – Once enough bone has grown, holes are drilled into the jaw using precise speed controlled drills at pre-calculated locations and angles. The implants are fitted with an abutment, which will help the artificial teeth later. The gum flesh is stitched around the implants and the patient is sent home to allow for Osseo-integration to occur which may take three to six months.
  • Placement of Crowns – The next visit will be planned after Osseo-integration has been completed. Specially crafted crowns are attached to the implants using the abutments. In cases where all the teeth are being replaced, a complete set of fourteen teeth can be supported on four well located and angled implants. That is popularly called an ‘all-on-four’. In some cases, more than four implants may be required.

Same-Day Implants at South Bay Prosthodontics

To avoid the long wait time before you can show off your beautiful new teeth, dentists now are able to perform a same-day implant procedure. These implants are loaded with a crown, denture, or bridge, right after they are placed inside the jaw bone.

How are Veneers Applied?

Veneers can be applied relatively quickly, but they must be applied by a skilled dentist. Normally, two visits are needed for this procedure. In the first, the dentist will make an impression of your teeth and deliver them to the labto be manufactured. The color, shade, and kind of material that has been previously chosen by you and your dentist will be delivered to the lab. The choice of material makes a difference in the price.

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

How is Osseo-integration Helpful in Ensuring Implant Success?

This is the main distinguishing factor of implants. No other restoration type in modern dentistry includes this natural process.  When titanium implants are fused into living bone, bone cells will start growing into the surface of the implant. And usually within six months, the implant is so well consolidated with the bone that it forms a sturdy, natural bond.

Where are Veneers Useful?

Veneers are useful when covering up the following aesthetic issues and concerns:

  • Discolored permanent teeth

  • Gapped teeth

  • Chipped teeth

  • Cracked teeth

  • Crooked/deformed teeth

By using veneers to fix these dental issues, you can get a perfect smile in no time at all.

What are the Advantages of Dental implants?

  • Long Life – Implants can last a lifetime with proper care.
  • No Deterioration – With porcelain teeth on implants, there is no risk of discoloration, cracking or shifting.
  • Osseo-integration– Because of the titanium metal used in dental implants, they have the osseo-integration stage, or integration with the bone. This gives them support, durability, and long life.
  • Becomes Part of the Body – Osseo-integration implants are not add-ons like veneers. They actually fuse into your body.
  • Bone Growth – Implants encourage bone growth to some degree.
  • No Additional Care Needed – Implant supported teeth do not have any limitations on your eating and do not require any special care other than regular oral hygiene.
  • No Caries-No Gum Disease – Veneers can slip, thus exposing the teeth to decay and gum-to-gum diseases. With implant supported teeth, there is no chance of them slipping. Additionally, these artificial teeth will not decay.
  • Full Mouth Implants – Implants can also be used for complete dental restoration in a single jaw.

Limitations of Veneers

There are some limitations associated with veneers. Here are the major ones that may cause concern:

  • Tooth Replacement Not Possible – Dental implants are mainly used to replace missing teeth, while veneers are only used for cosmetic restoration of damaged teeth.
  • Limited Life – Veneers typically last ten years, after which they need to be replaced.
  • Cracks – Veneers can crack in certain situations, especially if they are not bonded properly during the initial procedure.
  • Dislocation – If the veneers were not bonded properly, they can shift and recede from the gum line, allowing for tooth decay and gum disease.

Which Do You Choose?

Now you have lots of information pertaining to veneers and implants. You should note that implants, despite their high cost, are unmatched in terms of their looks, convenience, and lifespan. In addition, same-day implants can be placed even faster than veneers. Although dental implants replace teeth while veneers serve to hide imperfections on the natural teeth. So set up an appointment with one of our dental professionals and find out what we can do to bring that gorgeous mile back to your teeth.

If you are still unsure, you can learn more about the new advancements in veneers here.