How Do You Know Whether You Need Dental Implants Or Veneers?

dental implants vs. dental veneers

Whether you should get dental implants or porcelain veneers depends on what problems you want to fixe or goals you’d like to achieve. Simply put, dental implants replace missing teeth and veneers provide enhance your smile by improving filling in gaps or covering a tooth surface that may not match the rest.

If you have healthy teeth but have visible cosmetic issues such as stains, chips or gaps, dental veneers are a great option to give you a beautiful smile in just a few visits to a dentist near you. If you have a larger problem affecting your overall oral health, like missing teeth, bone loss or receding gums, dental implants may be a better option for you.

When you are missing teeth for whatever reason, your jawbone recedes. Unless tooth roots are there to stimulate the bone, the bone continues to shrivel away. When you experience bone loss, it can be detrimental to not just your mouth, but your overall health as well. You’ll look older, your mouth won’t function and work the way it should and many day-to-day activities become compromised. Because bone loss is painless, you may think it’s not happening to you, however, it’s a silent process. Bone loss in the jaws occurs in everyone who has missing teeth.

When you have missing teeth, for your dental health and for your overall health benefit, dental implants are the best option available. For those that have their natural teeth, but want to improve them cosmetically, veneers are the best option. Veneers are thin porcelain restorations that cover the front surfaces of teeth to improve aesthetics and enhance your smile.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are surgically placed titanium posts that replace the missing teeth roots. They bond to the jaw bone for a permanent structure for your new teeth. They are very durable and will last a long time, however, on occasion, they will have to be replaced or tightened due to normal wear and tear.

Reasons for dental implants:

  • Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting other teeth.
  • Resolve joint pain or bite problems caused by teeth shifting into missing tooth spaces.
  • Restore a patient’s smile.
  • Improve chewing, speech, and digestion.
  • Support a bridge or denture, making them more secure and comfortable.

Veneers explained

Porcelain veneers are a great option if you want a great-looking smile in just a few visits to your local dentist. If you want to cover chips, breaks, stains, and gaps on your teeth, porcelain veneers are a great option. Similar to dental crowns, they are applied to both the top and bottom tooth surfaces and their appearance mimics your natural teeth. Dr. Winokur and his team at Rolling Hills Dentistry can provide you with a free dental veneer consultation to determine if you are a good candidate.

Problems associated with veneers?

Veneers can shift if they aren’t bonded to your teeth correctly. If this happens, they can recede from your gum line, causing problems in the future such as tooth decay and gum disease. Also, veneers typically last about 10-15 years before replacements need to be considered. Dental implants are typically a life-long solution and generally last about 25-30 years. Dental implants are inserted and attached directly to bone to provide a stable anchor for artificial teeth.

Natural, comfortable and healthy

When it comes to your health, both that of your mouth and your overall well-being, nothing beats dental implants from Rolling Hilla Dentistry. We offer the best dental implant services in the Greater Danbury area. Call our team for a free consultation today!


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