Last month we discussed the pros and cons of both dental implants and dental bridges. Between the two, dental implants are the most reliable, long-term, and aesthetically pleasing. However, dental implants and dental bridges are not the only forms of tooth replacement. Another very common method is veneers.
Both dental implants and veneers have circumstances in which they work best. But ultimately the choice should be made on a case by case basis. Red Cliffs Dental, in Saint George, Utah is here to give you all of the information about any form of tooth replacement so that you can make the decision that is right for you.
First off, a veneer is a thin piece of porcelain that can be custom fitted and then bonded to your natural teeth. They are very much like a crown. The key difference is that crowns cover an entire tooth, whereas a veneer typically only covers the front or back surface of a tooth. There are several instances where veneers can be an excellent option. Veneers are good for fixing minor cosmetic issues. They are great for covering up problems such as yellowing, cracks, gaps, and worn down teeth. They also work well to cover up crooked teeth. Some people like veneers because they do not require surgery like implants do, but they are not always an option. In order to have veneers, there has to be some tooth present.
There are also many problems and risks involved with veneers. In order to make room in your mouth for the veneers, the enamel on your teeth must first be removed. Because of this, the procedure cannot be reversed. And if a veneer falls off or is damaged, it must be replaced. Veneers also put you at a greater risk of periodontal disease. This is because they do not cover every surface of the tooth, which can cause greater decay and make it harder to floss. If you are going to get veneers, you must commit to maintaining the best possible level of oral hygiene. Another problem with veneers is that they can shift if they were not bonded correctly, exposing the natural tooth with no enamel, which is extremely dangerous. Veneers can last 10-20 years if excellent oral health is maintained, and they are often much less expensive than dental implants. But because the porcelain is so thin, they can easily be stained or damaged from hard biting.
Between the two, dental implants are by far the most permanent method of repair for lost and broken teeth. If the problem could spread to other teeth, dental implants are the best method of eliminating that risk. In fact, there are almost no risks at all involved with dental implants. Sure, there is surgery involved, but it is very safe. As for cost, it may actually end up being more cost effective, because most often the procedure is a one time deal, and they will last a lifetime. However, if there are no roots present, the jawbone will start to collapse upon itself. This means that if you wait too long, there will be nothing to bond the implant to, so make sure you are being proactive about your oral health and your tooth replacement.
If you are wondering what method of tooth replacement would work best for you, please feel free to give Red Cliffs Dental, in Saint George, Utah, a call at (435)261-3400. We are more than happy to schedule a consultation, and help you get the smile of your dreams.