Dentists use both veneers and dental implants to correct different dental issues. For instance, if you have stained teeth or missing teeth, dentists can use veneers or dental implants to fix the issues. Before you decide on a treatment procedure, the dentists will have to assess the situation before coming up with the right treatment. To understand the difference between veneers and dental implants, there is a need to look at each of them based on functionality and the issues they can correct on your teeth.

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are made out of thin porcelain shells that cover the front surface of the teeth. Dentists can use veneers to correct all different cosmetic problems. Some of the cosmetic dental problems that the dentists can use veneers to correct include stained teeth, gaps between teeth, misaligned teeth, irregularly shaped teeth, and worn-down teeth.

Veneers mimic the natural color of the teeth. They will create the natural appearance of normal teeth in your mouth. People wanting to improve the overall appearance of their smile should opt for veneers.

Veneer Application Process

You will need about three dental visits to get the veneers fitted. The first visit will require you to take x-rays from which the dentists will compare different treatment options and decide on the best. The consultation stage involves checking your dental issues before a decision can be made. The second visit will involve removing a small layer of the teeth’ enamel. It is necessary to create room for the veneers to fit around the teeth. The dentists will then examine the teeth from where they will choose veneers accordingly. The third visit involves the fitting of the veneers. The dentists will ensure they fit well in your mouth. He can polish them a bit to fit the teeth perfectly.

Dental implants

If you want to fix issues such as missing teeth, you need to get dental implants. They are highly effective in helping you have a bright smile you can enjoy. You may have missing teeth due to accidents and other issues. Luckily, a dentist can reconstruct a new tooth for you out of porcelain. Then they implant metal screw-like fasteners that the new tooth will be secured to. Or in some cases, they can also attach the newly constructed implant to the crown of other adjacent teeth.

Implants are durable and will offer several benefits to those who opt to get them. They are durable and mimic the appearance and functionality of your natural teeth. You will have totally normal-looking teeth that also function exactly like your natural teeth once the implant(s) are installed.

Dental Implant Process

The implants treatment process involves the first visit where the dentists will have to take x-rays of the jaw and the teeth and recommend necessary procedures such as jaw bone grafting to get you prepped for your implants. If the patient does not require the jawbone grafting process, the dentist can take the impression of the teeth during the first visit. The second visit involves surgery to place the implant(s) on the jawbone. During this visit, you will undergo a process that involves minor surgery to align the implant with the gum and adjacent muscles. Then you will be fitted with a temporary crown(s) until the next visit which consists of the attachment of the permanent crown(s).

Bottom Line

Both veneers and dental implants work towards restoring a beautiful smile. The first step to take if you are interested in improving the appearance of your smile is to consult the doctors at Larry Molenda D.D.S so they can recommend the right form of treatment for you.