Dental implants are the answer in terms of aesthetics, as well as missing teeth. Veneers may not target the latter problem, but sometimes they are still the way to go. They are the less invasive option.
We have broken down the pros and cons of both solutions. The information below will hopefully help you in making the right decision.
Veneers are tooth lining that can cover imperfect-looking dentition. There are three main types; resin, porcelain, and Lumineers.
Resin ones are the cheapest, but don’t look as natural and aren’t as durable as the other two. Porcelain ones are the most popular choice, and, just like Lumineers, they can last around twenty years.
Dental veneers are not meant as a medical fix; this procedure is cosmetic. If you have problems more concerning than the appearance of your teeth, your dentist might suggest implants.
Dental implants are usually chosen when there are missing teeth or if the teeth are damaged beyond repair. They are artificial roots attached directly to the bone. Crowns in the chosen shape and color can be mounted on them.
Implants target many side issues, such as bone loss. If certain teeth are weaker than others you might avoid using them to break down food. This leads to bone resorption. Veneers won’t fix this issue.
If you have implants each bite will make the rod in the jaw put pressure on the bone. This stimulates it and prevents the body from thinking it is vestigial (not needed). Bone loss can make you look older, as the face sinks inwards.
Implants are a permanent solution, which means you will never have to repeat this procedure.
How do they compare?
Both veneers and implants are popular solutions. The chances are you have probably heard about both treatments before finding this article. But which choice is right for you?
The reasons and conditions
In order to be a good candidate for veneers, you need to have generally good oral health. A good amount of healthy enamel needs to be present so that your dentist will be able to shave it down. Consider getting veneers if your teeth are:
- worn down,
- uneven, or
- irregular in shape.
Implants can fix the issues above just as well. Almost anyone might be a candidate, even those suffering from autoimmune diseases, such as diabetes. You might also consider implants if your teeth are:
- damaged beyond repair, or
- healthy, but you are willing to remove them.
Dentists will generally advise you against pulling out healthy teeth, but this might be a good idea if you are thinking about getting a full arch. The All-On-4 and the G4 by Golpa are such solutions.
The price you pay is a big factor in making the decision between implants and veneers. The final cost is highly dependent on the location and experience of the dental professional performing the job.
- $1,500 per tooth
- $24,000 full set
- $4,800 per tooth
- $29,500 full set
The prices above are based on research from numerous sources. They don’t include additional procedures such as X-rays.
The price for a full set of veneers takes sixteen (eight per arch) teeth into account. The price for a full set of implants assumes two fixed bridges, each on four implants (the G4 by Golpa).
Implants might seem expensive at first glance. It is important to remember, however, that they are a permanent solution. Veneers have to be replaced once every fifteen years (on average), depending on the type you get.
Both veneers and implants are pretty low maintenance once they are placed. You shouldn’t spend more caring for them than you would for natural teeth. It will still be important, however, to visit your dentist regularly!
Since veneers don’t require surgery, they can be installed in your mouth in as little as two appointments (if you are strategic about the schedule).
The dentist can inspect your mouth, do all necessary X-rays, and shave your teeth down in one day. He or she will also take an impression of your mouth.
Fitting the veneers
You can wear temporaries between these two appointments. By the next time you go into the office, your veneers will have returned from the lab. They will be fitted in your mouth.
You might need a third appointment to check if everything is okay.
Implant placement is a more complicated process. You have to take into account healing time, which can take a few months.
You will meet for an initial consultation with X-rays. A treatment plan will be set up.
You might need bone grafting. It can take a couple of months to heal fully from this procedure.
The dentist will drill into your bone and insert titanium rods. You will be sedated during this time.
Healing collar and abutment
After that, you will have a healing collar (for up to two weeks) and then the abutment (for up to six weeks).
The final step is placing the crown. The exact shape and color will be determined beforehand.
If you need a whole arch replaced you might want to consider the G4 by Golpa. All the steps described below are conducted within twenty-four hours.
On the first day, you will have your CT scans, facial scans, and X-rays.
All necessary measurements will be made and tooth shade and shape can be selected. You can discuss everything with the doctors.
On day two you will undergo all extractions (if they are necessary) and the placement of dental implants. You will be without teeth overnight. Your smile will be fully restored within twenty-four hours.
Implants and veneers can give a similar appearance after they’re done. If done well, it shouldn’t be noticeable that your dentition is not natural.
Veneers work on your existing roots, so they are more correctional. When it comes to implants the placement of the root and the shape can be decided from scratch. This solution might turn out more customizable.
It’s important to remember, though, that implants, being a surgical procedure, are dependant on the structure of your face. The dentist will have to take into account your sinuses (hollow spaces in your skull) and how thick your jaw is.
Both procedures are irreversible, which means durability is very important. While implants are a life-long solution, veneers will have to be replaced at some point.
Implants can stay in your mouth from around thirty years up to the rest of your life. The rate of failure is very low, around 5%.
Depending, of course, on what type you get, veneers aren’t mean to last for more than twenty years. This means you will have to be ready to spend that money again when the time comes.
What’s more, veneers are prone to cracking and chipping. Porcelain ones are less likely to break, but if they do they will probably have to be replaced. Resin veneers might stain and you will not be able to whiten them from home.
Both veneers and implants require proper care. If you don’t brush your teeth, floss, or keep up with your dental appointments you can end up just out the money. Worse, because your teeth will be either extracted or shaved down.
What should you choose?
When making the final decision factors such as what exactly you are trying to fix, how many teeth are to be treated, or whether you want a full smile are going to be vital. Here is a summary of the most important pros:
- Not a surgical procedure
- Can be ready in a few weeks
- Cheaper initially
- Permanent solution
- Shouldn’t break or chip
- Cheaper in the long run
- Prone to damage
- Alternative methods only take 24 hours
If you decide that implants are your best bet you can consider the G4 by Golpa. It will provide you with a full set of implants in twenty-four hours.
There is only one payment, and all additional procedures are included. Schedule a consultation today!