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.