Having healthy teeth is just as important as other aspects of general health. As we age, bone health and strength become more important overall, but should not be limited to arms, legs and spines. The teeth age, chip, and may be lost if proper care and treatment are not performed regularly.
Disease often affects the teeth and they become weak, loose or unsightly. In the past, when teeth broke, or were removed, dentures became the only option. Today, pleasing tooth alternatives are available to maintain our health, looks and offer viable options for damage due to disease.
Dental implants are becoming one of the most common dental procedures’ performed all over the world today. Artificial teeth, also known as Endoseal implants are attached directly to the jaw bone or by using a metal framework that is placed over the jaw in cases of disease or inadequate bone structure.
Implants may be made up of different materials, titanium being the most popular due to its strength. Many options are available to secure teeth to the jawbone but the most common type is a root-form titanium dental implant. This is a structure that is placed over the jawbone to which the artificial teeth are attached.
Veneers are covers for the teeth. Fitting like a sleeve over existing teeth becomes an option to whitening. Dental veneers may also be used to fill spaces between the teeth, and create the appearance of a straight row of teeth, instead of the laborious process of bracing being used.
Placement is performed in the dental office, and may take several hours to prepare the teeth. Examination and shaving of the teeth to prepare them for fitting may be necessary. A mold is taken of existing teeth and sent to a laboratory for the veneers to be created. Upon return, the patient is fitted with the veneers. Many different processes to bond veneers are used and will be decided between the patient and the dentist.
Most veneers are made of porcelain or a composite material that are strong, resist staining and stay in place for long periods of time.
Which Procedure is best for me?
Dental implants are beneficial to those individuals suffering from dental disease, loss of teeth due to gum disease, aging or trauma causing major tooth loss. Implants are permanent and may need to be adjusted as a person’s age and bone structure changes. Smoking is to be avoided to prevent further bone weakening due to circulatory deficiencies.
Dental veneers are appropriate for anyone with healthy gums and good dental habits. This procedure offers reduced cost for cleaning the teeth, offers a protective cover for teeth, and maintains a healthy smile.
How Much Does it Cost?
Dental implants may cost from $1,000 to $5,000 per tooth in the United States. Whole mouth procedures may cost anywhere from $20,000 to $100,000 in country. South America, Mexico may offer this same procedure for as much as 75% less! The cost of dental veneers depends on the type of veneer chosen, number of teeth being covered and location of the procedure. Typically, porcelain veneers in the United States cost between $1,000 and $2,500 per tooth. The cost found in Mexico and South America is typically at least 50% less expensive.
Who Performs this Procedure?
A dentist who is certified for cosmetic dentistry may perform either of the above procedures. Make sure the dentist is certified, licensed domestically or internationally to perform these procedures. Ensure the facility where treatment is to be obtained is Joint Commission International certified to make your procedure safe and as meets your goals.