Dental Implants vs. Veneers

When it comes to correcting dental problems, your choices can feel overwhelming. But, just because there's more than one option, it doesn't mean they all offer the same results — especially with cosmetic dental treatments, like implants and veneers.

Fortunately, Peter Gambertoglio, DDS, in Spring, Texas, can help guide you through your treatment options so you get the best results. Here’s what you should know about implants and veneers, and which could be right for you.

How do dental implants and veneers differ?

The main difference between dental implants and veneers is fairly straightforward: A dental implant replaces an entire missing tooth. A veneer only covers the front of an existing tooth.

When you get a dental implant, Dr. Gambertoglio surgically implants a metal post in your jawbone. This structure functions like a tooth root and holds an artificial tooth securely in place. This process can take multiple office visits over several months as your implant fuses into your jawbone.

On the other hand, if you get a veneer, Dr. Gambertoglio simply bonds a thin porcelain or resin composite shell to the front of your existing tooth. This dental treatment usually takes two office visits — one to examine and prepare your teeth for your custom-made veneer, and another to permanently bond it in place.

When should you consider an implant or veneer?

When it comes to these dental treatments, you should consider getting a dental implant if you have one or more missing teeth. 

If you still have a healthy tooth, a veneer can resolve a wide range of other issues, including.

You can also use veneers to correct cosmetic issues, like irregular gaps or spacing in your mouth and crooked, misaligned, or oddly shaped teeth.

Which treatment is better — implants or veneers?

Both dental implants and veneers come with unique advantages and disadvantages, but one isn’t necessarily better than the other because they each address different issues. 

Because an implant works to replace a missing tooth, you not only restore your smile, but you also protect your oral health by avoiding many of the problems that come from having missing teeth. These issues can range from increased risk of gum disease and more tooth loss to shifting teeth and bone loss.

Veneers offer numerous benefits when it comes to improving and completely transforming your smile. Because they have the ability to completely change the color and shape of your tooth in a few simple office visits, they make an exceptional solution for cosmetic problems. And, sometimes, you can also opt for a veneer to cover a cracked or damaged tooth to provide more protection.

Do you have dental issues you’d like to fix? Call our office at 281-350-8852 to learn more about implants and veneers, or book an appointment online today.

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