Dental Implants vs. Veneers: A Comprehensive Guide

by Power Road Dental Care

Dental Implants vs. Veneers: A Comprehensive Guide

Reviewed By Dr. Tyler N Davis, DMD

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If you’re considering enhancing your smile with veneers or implants, it’s important to understand the differences between the two procedures. 

In this blog blog, we will consider the pros and cons, and cost factors between these two popular procedures. Let’s break down everything you need to know about dental implants and veneers.

Dental Implants vs. Veneers: What’s the Difference?

Before diving into specifics, it’s important to understand the fundamental differences between dental implants and veneers.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a long-term solution for missing teeth. This process involves placing a titanium post into your jawbone. The titanium post acts as a tooth root and provides a sturdy foundation for a replacement tooth. Not only does this restore the appearance of your tooth, but it also ensures your smile remains healthy and functional.

What are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers, on the other hand, are thin shells designed to cover the front surface of your teeth. They improve your smile by changing the color, shape, size, or length of your teeth. Made from materials like porcelain or resin, veneers are bonded to your existing teeth to give you a stunning new smile.

Key Takeaway

Dental implants replace a missing tooth with a titanium implant that is surgically placed into the jaw bone. Veneers improve the appearance of existing teeth. Veneers are thin shells that cover the front surface of your teeth to improve the color, shape, size or length of your teeth.

When Are Dental Implants Necessary?

Dental implants are necessary in cases where you have lost one or more teeth because of injury, decay, or disease. They are an excellent option for individuals who want a long-lasting and functional solution that not only looks natural but also preserves the jawbone and the health of  surrounding teeth.

Advantages of Dental Implants

  • Natural appearance and function: Implants mimic the look and function of natural teeth.
  • Durability: With proper care, implants can last a lifetime.
  • Bone health: Implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing bone loss.

Disadvantages of Dental Implants

  • Surgical procedure: The process of getting implants involves a surgical procedure. In some cases several surgeries are needed, ie. if a bone graft is needed before placing the implant.
  • Higher cost: Implants are generally more expensive upfront compared to other dental procedures.
  • Time-consuming process: The entire implant process takes several months as it requires time for the bone to heal around the implant.

Dental Veneers: Finding the Right Fit

If you are considering dental veneers, remember the importance of choosing a dental practice that offers personalized care and uses high-quality materials. 

At Power Road Dental Care, we’re committed to providing veneers that are tailored specifically to meet your needs and aesthetic desires. 

Let’s take a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of choosing dental veneers for your smile makeover.

Advantages of Dental Veneers

  • Aesthetic enhancement: Veneers dramatically improve the look of your smile, making them a great option for fixing discoloration, chips, or gaps.
  • Minimal tooth alteration: Veneers require the removal of only a small amount of tooth enamel to make room for the veneer.
  • Durability: With the right care, your veneers will last for years.

Disadvantages of Dental Veneers

  • Irreversible process: Veneers are a commitment, as the process can’t be reversed because enamel is removed before the veneer is cemented onto the tooth. 
  • Risk of damage: While veneers are strong, they can still chip or crack and require replacement. 
  • Tooth sensitivity: Although rare, some people may experience increased sensitivity after getting veneers.

Dental Implants vs. Veneers Cost

  • Dental veneers: The cost for dental veneers typically ranges from $1,000 to $3,000 per tooth. This can be influenced by the type of material (porcelain or composite), the complexity of the patient’s dental needs, and the location of the dental clinic. Veneers are often not covered by insurance as they are considered cosmetic​​​​.
  • Dental implants: More expensive than veneers, dental implants can range from $2,500 to $5,000 per tooth. This cost includes the surgical procedure, sedation, and implant materials (implant, abutment and final restoration). 

Factors Influencing Cost

Several factors can influence the cost of both dental veneers and implants, including:

  • The number of teeth being treated
  • The type of material used (porcelain veneers or composite, etc.)
  • The geographical location of the dental clinic
  • The complexity of the patient’s dental condition
  • Additional procedures that may be required (e.g., bone grafting for implants)

Make the Right Choice for Your Smile

Choosing between dental implants and veneers depends on your dental needs, aesthetic goals, and budget. Dental implants are the ideal solution to replace a missing tooth. However, if your main concern is improving the appearance of your teeth, veneers could be the perfect solution.

At Power Road Dental Care, we believe that every smile is unique. Whatever your dental needs are, we’ve got you covered! Call (480) 664-1438 to book an appointment or stop by, 2500 South Power Road Suite #102 in Mesa, AZ. We can’t wait to meet you!

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