What is the Difference Between Dental Implants & Veneers

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Dental Veneers and Dental Implants both can give patients a beautiful white smile. Deciding what restorative or cosmetic option works best for you depends on the condition of your teeth. Our staff at Urich Dental in Solana Beach, CA provides cosmetic and restorative consultations to all our patients to take a detailed look at your mouth and determine a customized treatment plan that works for you. We listen to your goals and look at all options to give you the opportunity to choose the best one.

So, what is the difference between the two? Typically, Dental Veneers and Dental Implants are used for different reasons. This all depends on how much damage a patient has to their teeth.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental Implants are the leading restorative solution for many patients and one of the most common procedures done today. Implants are permanent and reliable giving patients the feeling that they have natural teeth. Implants are used for patients that have lost a tooth or teeth, have suffered from periodontal disease, or an injury. Dental implants take multiple appointments across a few months to complete.

Implants last upwards of 25 years or a lifetime if taken care for properly. They provide many benefits to patients, and are comfortable in the mouth. Implants allow patients to speak, eat, and function just like they would with natural teeth.

As part of our evaluation process, Dr. David Urich will determine if the patient has enough bone present in the jaw to support the implants. If needed, bone grafting can be done to provide the additional support. During the implant procedure metal posts are placed in the jaw, and these act similar to artificial tooth roots. These posts provide the required support needed for the implants. Once the healing process is complete, an abutment or connector is secured on top of the implants. This allows the crown to be secured on top of the implant.

Crowns are custom made to match the color, size, and shape of your teeth. Temporary crowns are used while the patient waits for the permanent crown to be placed. Practicing good oral hygiene habits and visiting our office regularly will help to keep your implants looking and feeling great.


Contact Dr. David Urich in Solana Beach

Choosing the best option is important, and our team at Urich Dental is here to help give you all of the options available to achieve that bright white smile. We welcome all patients, and strive to always provide quality service our patients can count on.

If you are interested in finding out more about Dental Veneers or are looking to get dental implants in Solana Beach, CA, please contact Dr. David Urich to schedule your consultation.

The Step By Step Placement Of Dental Implants With Guided Surgery

The Step By Step Placement Of Dental Implants With Guided Surgery

Before carrying out guided implant surgery, the case must be studied in detail in order to properly plan guided surgery. This study is the most important of the entire implant procedure.

To begin with, a complete medical history is carried out in which all the history of the patient obtained by means of an individualized interrogation is made and recorded. Next, the patient is explored both extra orally and intraorally in order to begin to diagnose properly and in detail.

Complementary tests are usually necessary to be able to diagnose properly, some of the most used tests for the study of guided surgery are orthopantomography and computed tomography. Thanks to these complementary tests, for example, the quality and quantity of existing bone can be better assessed. 

The patient should also be analyzed aesthetically, functionally and phonetically in order to obtain first steps to obtain the guide. In addition to making some records of the occlusion of the patient and obtaining some models through a three-dimensional scan of the patient’s mouth or with a silicone impression and a subsequent emptying with plaster.

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With all this information, you enter the digital program, in one of the many software’s, to start planning the placement of dental implants step by step.  To be able to study the case correctly, a previous diagnostic waxing and its digitalization are performed. As well as a subsequent mock-up or teeth test to assess the position in which the implant or dental implants will be placed.

Using a specific software, the treatment to be carried out in the oral cavity is virtually simulated in three dimensions (3D). This simulation can be carried out since all the information obtained has been previously transferred to the computer and thus see all the factors that can vary the position of the implants and thus determine the final position in which the implants must be placed. This virtual simulation can be seen by the patient where he can virtually observe the final position of the implant and thus be able to give his opinion or comments about it.

The surgical guide is prepared once the planning of the entire intervention is carried out. This guide is prepared individually for each patient and also each case in particular. The guide is responsible for transferring the information that has been obtained thanks to prior computer planning. Thus the placement of dental implants is carried out in a specific way, avoiding the completion of gum flaps. And with this technique the postoperative is much better compared to the placement of implants.