If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be considering what your tooth replacement options are. Perhaps you're interested in consulting with the team at Legacy Dental to learn if veneers are a possible option. Veneers are used to improve your smile. they are thin shells that are bonded to the front of natural teeth and address cosmetic issues such as:
Since they need to be bonded with natural teeth, they are not an option for patients who are missing teeth. However, you still have options for restoring your smile.
Dr. Charles Pincus invented dental veneers in the 1930s to hide dental flaws in Hollywood stars. Over time, they became popular among the general public for their ability to create what was known as a "Hollywood" smile. At first, veneers were made of acrylic and were clip-ons that could be put in and removed as needed. Modern veneers usually made from ceramic or porcelain are permanently bonded to the front of your teeth.
If your teeth are healthy, you qualify for dental veneers. If this is the case, we will start by modifying the enamel to make room for the veneers. Then, we will take an impression of your teeth and send it to the lab so that your veneers can be custom-made for you. Once the veneers have been fabricated, they will be bonded to your teeth with dental cement.
The primary reason that veneers are not an option for patients who are missing teeth is that they are created individually and are typically applied to the front, visible teeth. Molar crowns can be attached to a bridge to save costs, but each veneer is attached to a single tooth to restore a more natural smile.
In order for a veneer to be attached, you need atural tooth structure underneath. The tooth must be healthy and large enough to accommodate the veneer. If it's too small, a porcelain crown may be placed on it to protect it while also improving aesthetics.
Veneers are used to restore the aesthetics of your smile, including covering gaps, misalignments, short teeth, or stained teeth. However, if you are missing teeth, dental implants are the better option. Dental implants consist of 3 parts: a titanium post, an abutment, and a crown that can be matched to the color and shape of your natural teeth.
In addition to resolving aesthetic concerns and gaps from missing teeth, dental implants also prevent bone loss and oral health concerns such as uneven wear. This is because the implant replaces the tooth root in the jawbone, which stimulates the bone and holds the adjacent teeth in place. Finally, replacing missing teeth with dental implants allow you to continue enjoying your favorite foods, which isn't always an option with dentures.
If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be considering your tooth restoration options and wonder if veneers are an option. Unfortunately, you cannot get veneers with missing teeth. However, dental implants are an option. Schedule your consultation with the team at Legacy Dental today to learn more about your options.
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