Dental veneers and implants are generally used for different purposes in dentistry. Dental veneers are used to cover imperfections in the teeth, such as stains, chips, cracks, and gaps. Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth.
Dental veneers are ultra-thin porcelain shells that are placed over your natural teeth. In order to place veneers, it is necessary to remove a thin layer of your enamel. The amount that is removed is about the same width as the veneer that will be placed. Dental implants are surgically inserted into the jawbone at the point where a missing tooth was located. Dental implants therefore mimic the root of your natural tooth, which helps to prevent the bone loss that would otherwise occur from a missing tooth. A veneer will not be able to replace a missing tooth. In fact, a veneer requires that at least some of the tooth structure remains intact. In an instance where a tooth has been weakened or deformed, you theoretically have the option of extracting the weakened tooth and replacing it with a dental implant. Using a dental veneer is a much more conservative option in this scenario, though.
If you are not sure whether an implant or a dental veneer is the right solution for your dental issue, contact our Los Angeles tooth veneers expert to schedule a consultation.