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What is the difference between veneers and dental implants?

5 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Quite different: A veneer is a thin covering that is placed on the outer surface of a natural tooth to change the appearance of that tooth. A dental implant is a titanium screw that is surgically placed into your jawbone to replace a missing tooth.
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Totally different: Veneers cover the existing tooth to improve the appearance, much like fake fingernails . Dental implants are titanium cylinders which are placed in the bone to serve as replacement roots to build teeth upon with crowns, bridges, full arch (jaw) prostheses or to snap dentures onto for improved retention and function.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Implants vs. Veneers: If you are missing teeth for whatever reason, dental implants are the option for replacement. Veneers are a great option if you want a great looking smile, conservative treatment in the shortest time possible. Ask your dentist for more information.
Dr. Lokesh Rao
Dentistry 13 years experience
Teeth or no teeth?: Veneers are like acrylic (fake) nails, but for your teeth and they are made of porcelain. Bottom line: they are meant to alter the shape and shade of your existing natural teeth. Implants are replacements for one or more missing teeth and are the closest replacement on the market for missing natural teeth.
Dr. Theodore Siegel
Cosmetic Dentistry 37 years experience
Implants vs Veneers: Implants are replacement tooth roots covered with a crown. They become a permanent part of your jaw structure. Veneers are thin strips of porcelain adhered to the front of existing teeth that cover small gaps, chips, and discoloration. Basically, if you are missing a tooth, dental implants may be your best option; if you need to cover cosmetic flaws, veneers may be the ideal option.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Please advise what is the difference between veneers and dental implants?

6 doctor answers17 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ronald Koslowski
Prosthodontics 30 years experience
Very different!: Veneers are thin shells of ceramic bonded to relatively healthy (usually front) teeth in order to change shape and color. Implants are basically artificial tooth roots made of titanium used to replace one or many missing teeth. They can be used to support crowns, bridges, or dentures.
Dr. Thomas Yash
Dr. Thomas Yash commented
Dentistry 46 years experience
What is with the picture?
Jan 26, 2014
Dr. Neil McLeod
Dr. Neil McLeod commented
Prosthodontics 49 years experience
Exactly, this form of fixation for a broken arm is not an example of an implant, You might want to change your picture Dr, Koslowski
Jan 27, 2014
Dr. Ronald Koslowski
Prosthodontics 30 years experience
Provided original answer
Sorry, not my picture! The system seems to randomly select them. I haven't looked into how to put in my own yet. It did get your attention though :)
Jan 27, 2014

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