When we welcome some of our patients through our doors at Ewan Bramley Dental Care, there’s sometimes a little confusion surrounding dental implants and dental veneers. Their purpose and appearance are often confused, so we thought we’d break things down and tell you a little more about them.

If you’re faced with tooth loss, dental implants could be the best option…

If you’re missing one or more teeth, dental implants can provide a long-term solution and give you a natural looking replacement. Unfortunately, if you’ve lost a tooth, your jaw bone heals itself by collapsing inwards. And if the roots that connect to your teeth aren’t there, the bone in your jaw will deteriorate. So, not only will you look older, but your health will be affected and your normal day-to-day life will be made difficult.

Dental Implants, however, can solve this issue. They are used to support one or more false teeth. A titanium screw will replace the root of the failed tooth and, just like a real root, it is placed into the jawbone. They look great, function as a normal tooth and will go a long way to improving your appearance and health.

Veneers also improve the appearance of your smile dramatically, but these are not a replacement for a lost tooth. They improve the aesthetic feel of your smile, but they fit over the top of an existing tooth.

When would I need to consider dental implants?

Dental implants can…

– Replace one or more missing teeth without affecting the others in your mouth.

– Can provide a solution to bite issues and joint pain caused by teeth moving into spaces where teeth are missing.

– They are known to improve confidence.

– They will restore speech and chewing.

– They can support a denture or a dental bridge, making them comfortable and secure.

What about Dental Veneers?

Dental Veneers, sometimes referred to as Porcelain Veneers, are a brilliant option if you want a fantastic looking smile quickly. They can easily cover up stains, chips, breaks and gaps on a tooth and perform similarly to dental crowns.

Both of these treatments are applied to the bottom and top teeth and their appearance is extremely similar if not exactly the same as natural teeth.

Are there any problems with veneers?

If they aren’t bonded to your teeth properly, they can begin to shift and move. This can lead to tooth decay and gum problems. Veneers also have a shelf life of about 10 years, and replacements will need to be considered at some point. Implants, however, are a life-long solution and can last for up to 25 years.

They are a stable anchor for the artificial tooth that will sit on top of it, and are becoming increasingly popular in the UK and abroad.

Would you like to know more about dental implants or veneers? Why don’t you pop down to our state-of-the-art practice on the North Shields Fish Quay? We offer FREE CONSULTATIONS for all procedures and we’d be more than happy to discuss your options.

We are open 8am – 8pm every day and on Saturday mornings.

Call 0191 259 6506 to book or SUBMIT YOUR INFO HERE and one of our experts will be in touch.