A missing tooth can certainly affect your smile. Some people assume, that the answer lies in cosmetic dentistry. Surely a veneer, bridge, or crown would restore your smile. However, we recommend a dental implant over cosmetic dentistry.
Cosmetic procedures are purely aesthetical. Granted, a flawless looking set of molars makes for a good confidence builder. However, they do not offer any benefits in terms of functionality and dental health.
Dental implants, on the other hand, offer the best of both worlds. They stimulate the bone which keeps the bone strong and prevents facial structure deterioration. Implants are also indistinguishable from real teeth, so patients receive the secondary benefit of cosmetic restoration.
Cosmetic veneers, bridges, and crowns are usually made from porcelain. This is the same material used to make dentures. Porcelain is of average durability and may even break from the light impact of chewing solid food.
The crown that goes on top of a dental implant, however, is made from zirconia. This is a synthetic material that is almost as hard as diamond, scoring an 8.5 on the Mohs scale, compared to 10 for a diamond.
Many people believe dental implants are far more costly than cosmetic procedures. While costs for both differ depending on various factors, the ballpark range of their respective pricing is fairly similar. In most cases, a dental implant will cost just slightly more. Implants, however, do last longer, up to a lifetime provided you follow dentist recommendations.
Cosmetic operations certainly have their place. Many participating dentists through 1895 Dental Implants offer cosmetic procedures. However, if you’re missing a tooth, you need to think about more than just aesthetics. Our professional advice is to choose dental implants over cosmetic dentistry.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
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