Damaged teeth can be an exasperating experience, especially if you're unsure what dental procedure would work best for you. Both veneers and dental implants apply for restorative and cosmetic purposes. Find below some reasons you should consider getting veneers instead of dental implants.
1. Less Invasive
While veneers get attached to your tooth with a dental adhesive, dental implants must be surgically embedded in the jaw. Although some veneers may require grinding the tooth past the enamel, it's still not as intrusive as dental implants where metallic screw-like posts replace tooth roots.
2. Shorter Recovery Process
The recovery time of veneers is very nominal. You can begin to use your teeth as soon as the anesthesia wears off. Unless you have opted for dental sedation, you can immediately return to your daily routine. Some dental implant recovery time takes months. However, most dental implants patients resume their daily routines after a day or two.
3. More Affordable
Dental implants are relatively costly because they entail surgical procedures done by oral surgeons or prosthodontists. On the other hand, regular dentists can perform veneer procedures. Dental implants procedures are also more complex than veneer procedures. Both procedures, however, give a similar restorative result.
4. Quicker Procedure
Veneers are the quickest way to cover your damaged tooth. You need a few trips to the dentist, and you're good to go. On the other hand, dental implant procedures require multiple dentist trips. This is because dental implants require imaging, removing your damaged tooth, repairing your jawbone, placing your implant, and finally placing the crown.
5. Removable and Reusable
Experts mold non-permanent dental veneers into already existing teeth. These veneers constitute flexible resin materials. Therefore, you can remove and reinstall your veneers as appropriate. On the other hand, once you remove your dental implant, you can't reuse it anymore.
6. Lesser Risks and Complications
As dental implants are surgical procedures, they are at risk of complications. Some of the risks include:
Damage to the natural teeth surrounding the implant and injury to surrounding tissues and jawbone.
Implant body failure due to infections if the patient has underlying conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes.
On the other hand, dental veneers have lesser risks.
Veneers are a better dental procedure for moderately damaged teeth than dental implants. However, consult your dentist so they can examine the extent of damage to your teeth and determine the best course of action. Sometimes dental implants prove better and more effective than veneers.