Long gone are the days when people had to live terrible looking or missing teeth. Today, there are different ways that somebody can beautify existing teeth or replace missing teeth and continue enjoying their natural smile. The most common tooth replacement methods are dental implants and veneers. Although both of these methods serve the same purpose of improving the patient’s oral health and appearance, they are different in many aspects. In short, veneers are ideal for enhancing your smile, while dental implants are great for replacing missing teeth. However, there are many reasons why dental implants are more popular than veneers.
For starters, dental implants are permanent replacements that are attached to your jawbone and look like your original teeth. With the latest technology, dental implants can now replicate your natural teeth. Veneers, on the other hand, are made of porcelain and are mainly used for covering broken, stained, and chipped teeth. And while they can look great for a while, veneers are not permanent because they have a maximum life of around 15 years. Consequently, you will end up replacing them after a few years, which adds your overall dental health cost.
Another reason why dental implants are better than veneers is that they remain stable and firmly attached to your jawbone without shifting. An oral surgeon anchors implants into the jawbone to offer firm support for the artificial teeth. But veneers are known to move and recede from the gum line if they are not bonded to the teeth correctly. When your veneers recede, they expose you to the risk of getting various gum diseases and teeth decay.
Further, dental implants help to improve the structure of the jawbone by preventing it from receding. Jawbone and gum tissues tend to recede as people grow older, causing the teeth to appear longer because a large portion of the tooth structure becomes exposed. This recession also happens when someone has a missing tooth. The best way to prevent this is to replace the missing tooth with something stable like a dental implant. Since dental implants have a secure, tight fit, they have the added benefit of preventing speech problems and allow you to chew food properly without getting particles stuck beneath the veneer. Some people with veneers find it challenging to eat anything hard because it puts pressure on the jawbone. Not an option if you like hardy foods like steak and bread.
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