Implants or veneers

Implants

Lost teeth, whatever the cause, should be replaced, not only for appearance but also for function and to preserve the position of the other teeth. The commonest way to replace teeth is either a bridge or denture, but where circumstances are suitable the treatment of choice should be by using dental implants.

Dr Meroz, the Principal of Westbrook House Dental Surgery, has vast experience in the placement of dental implants stretching to over 15 years.

A dental implant is an artificial replacement for the root of a tooth that is anchored into bone of the jaw to act as a support for a crown, bridge or a fixed denture. Implants are made from a special material called titanium, which is well tolerated by body tissues and fuses easily with bone.

Although dental implants are more expensive than other methods, the advantages are manifold. Using a bone implant reduces the loss of bone tissue in the jaw which occurs naturally once a tooth has been lost, which may lead to changes in the shape of the jaw. Another advantage is an improved function; crowns, bridges or dentures that are fixed on implants function just as well as natural teeth so you can eat all foods without problems, speak normally and have the confidence that comes with keeping natural teeth. Dental implants just need regular dental hygiene, avoiding the cumbersome care required with non-fixed dentures. Implanted teeth also look better, and in fact, maybe almost indistinguishable from your normal teeth. More.

Veneers

Veneers are one of the most useful techniques in smile makeovers, used to transform crooked, stained, damaged or badly worn teeth. Veneers are wafer-thin shells of tooth-coloured material that are bonded onto the surface of a tooth. They are made mostly from porcelain, ceramic or composite bonding material. More on costs of veneers.

Veneers are mostly used for badly stained teeth that cannot be improved by teeth whitening, teeth that have become badly worn through excessive grinding or by carbonated drinks, and chipped or broken teeth. Mildly chipped teeth can be repaired with composite bonding (composite veneers). Other uses include filling gaps between your teeth, and for crooked teeth where the displacement is of a mild degree and you do not want to commit to lengthy orthodontic treatment.

Porcelain veneers are the best choice, with many advantages over composite veneers. Porcelain veneers are stronger, more durable and are more natural-looking. Composite veneers are more likely to become stained in the long run.