Choosing Dental Implants or Veneers

Dental implants are used to support one or multiple false teeth, whereby a titanium screw is inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of a tooth. Dental implants are a safe, established form of dental treatment and a procedure that is usually done using local anaesthetic.

Implants will however require the patient to have healthy gums and a strong jawbone to which they can hold. An experienced implantologist will assess your dental health and determine your suitability for implant treatment.

Implants are usually made of titanium, a metal known for its high strength and resistance to corrosion, therefore with good oral hygiene should last for the rest of your life.

A dental veneer in comparison is when a thin layer is made, usually of porcelain though sometimes of a resin composite material for a more natural-coloured finish, to fit over the front surface of a tooth.

One major advantage of veneers is that because they are extremely thin and held on by adhesive, very little to no preparation of the tooth is required to fit them. The result: teeth look natural, healthy and well maintained.

Veneers should last for many years – between 5 to 10 years on average – though they can chip or break, much like your own natural teeth. Small chips can easily be repaired, or a completely brand new veneer(s) fitted if necessary. Some have compared veneers to that of a false nail being stuck on top of a real nail.

As veneers are individually moulded for each patient, it’s extremely difficult to notice the difference between a fitted veneer and a natural tooth. Unlike natural teeth, custom-made veneers are excellent at resisting tea and coffee stains, along with nicotine blemishes, as they are made of highly advanced materials. For teeth that also resist whitening, veneers can make even the darkest, blemished teeth appear a glorious bright white again.

Maintenance of veneers is nigh on identical to that of your original teeth, with regular brushing and flossing with a fluoride-based toothpaste.

Other dental alternatives include a natural-coloured filling, which is ideal for minor repairs to damaged front teeth, such as chipped corners or minor cracks, removable dentures (false teeth), and a bridge.

Dental Implants

Types of Dental Implants and How to Care For Them

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed in the jaw to sustain a bridge or a tooth replacement. They are the best options for anyone who lost their teeth through accidental injury, periodontal diseases and any other reason, though these are the most common.

Who qualifies for dental implants?

A good candidate should have good oral hygiene and general health. He or she must have enough bone in their jaw since that is essential in providing support to the implant. One must have gum tissues that are healthy and free of any periodontal diseases to avoid any future complications or infections. One must be attended to by a dentist and a periodontist since the latter has more experience, facilities, training and special knowledge in the said field. They specialize in dental implant procedures.

Expectations after receiving an implant

As always after any medical procedure that involves insertion or removal foreign bodies in the human body there must be a lot of oral care to ensure that it recovers well. There is no exception with dental implants. Oral hygiene is paramount to complete recovery and to ensure that it goes successfully. There has to be constant flossing and brushing and you have to have a good care plan given by your dentist. You will be required to go for periodic checkups and constant visits for close monitoring.

Kinds of dental implants

Endosteal implants are the most common and are placed in the bone. Under this category there are various types like cylinders, screws and blades which are placed surgically in the jawbone. An implant could have one prosthetic tooth or more. Sub periosteal implants are to be placed in the bone jaw using a metal framework and they protrude through the gum, holding the prosthesis in place. They are normally used by patients who can’t wear straight dentures and their jaw bones have minimal height.

Porcelain Veneers

Reasons and Procedures for Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are also known as dental porcelain laminates or porcelain veneers. They are custom-made shells of wafer thin tooth coloured materials which are specifically made to conceal the tooth’s surface. This is done with the aim of improving an individual’s appearance.

These shells change the colour, size, shape or length, and are made from resin or porcelain composite materials. Dental veneers that are made from porcelain are better than those made from resin. This is because the porcelain veneers resist stains in a far much better way than the resin veneers. They also mimic natural teeth light reflecting properties better than the resin veneers.

On the other hand while using the resin veneer, less of your tooth surface is removed. This is because the resin veneers are thinner, hence requires a small portion of the tooth to be removed before it is placed. You choose the type of veneer material that you want the dentist to place on the tooth.

Reasons for dental veneers

There are various reasons as to why an individual may require dental veneer on their teeth. Discolouration may occur as a result of root canal treatment, tetracycline or drug stains, excessive fluoride among other causes. Another reason may be when an individual has worn down, broken or chipped teeth.

Misaligned, irregularly shaped or uneven teeth are other reasons as to why individuals opt for dental veneers. Teeth with gaps in between them are another major reason why individuals get veneers.


An individual needs to visit the dentist three times to get a dental veneer. The first trip is for consultation while the other two are for making and applying the veneers respectively. There is the diagnosis and treatment planning. It is usually the first step that requires the individual to participate actively. It is the discussion between the individual and the dentist. The dentist then examines and determines whether putting veneers are appropriate.

Once the dentist approves the veneer placement, the other thing is to prepare the tooth or teeth for a veneer. Around a millimetre of your tooth enamel is removed, which is equal to the amount of veneer to be placed. Before trimming the tooth the dentist will administer a local anaesthesia in order to numb the area.


A model of your tooth is later made by the dentist and then sent to the laboratory to make the veneer. After two weeks the doctor gets the ready made veneer from the laboratory.


The last part is bonding. This is the cementing of the veneer on your tooth. It is first placed temporarily in order to determine whether it is fit on the tooth and whether the colour is okay. The dentist trims the veneer and adjusts the colour of the veneer to that of the cement to be used.

The tooth is then cleaned, polished and then etched to make it rough in order to make a strong bond with the veneer. Finally the veneer is placed using special cement. A special light beam is applied on the already fixed dental veneer for quick healing and activation of chemicals in the cement.