The short answer is NO. Veneers cannot replace missing teeth. Our teeth are the most essential part of our mouth. It helps us to perform several functions, such as chewing, swallowing, and speaking. The absence of teeth can cause difficulty in performing such functions. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey has reported that around 92% of the adults between the age of 20 and 65 years suffer from tooth loss due to tooth decay. (1)
Several dental treatments can be used to replace the missing teeth. It is essential to get a replacement of missing teeth because of the following reasons –
- Missing teeth create a space that can cause the migration of adjacent teeth in the long run.
- Missing teeth often lead to misalignment of teeth in the jaw
- It can also lead to periodontal disease spread to adjacent teeth
- One of the most significant side effects of missing teeth is that it causes gradual bone loss and jaw atrophy
Can veneers replace missing teeth?
Veneers are a part of cosmetic dental treatment. They are usually made from thin shells of porcelain that are placed on the front surface of the teeth to cover stains, discolorations, chips or minor cracks in the teeth. Such treatments are usually performed for restoring the front teeth. (2)
Ideally, veneers require support from the tooth surface to firmly adhere and function properly. Therefore, they cannot be used to replace missing teeth.
Dental treatments that can replace missing teeth
Some of the standard options for tooth replacement are listed below –
A dental implant is one of the best cosmetic dental treatments that is used to replace missing teeth. It is a surgical procedure in which the titanium post is placed in the jaw bone. Often dental implants are used for single tooth replacement. However, it may not be the best option to replace multiple missing teeth. Another concern with an implant is its cost of treatment, which is typically higher than other treatments. (3)
Fixed dental bridge
The fixed dental bridge usually consists of a unit of multiple artificial teeth joined together with a dental crown on both the ends. The bridge gets fixed on the adjacent teeth that act as an abutment. A dental bridge is ideal for replacing multiple missing teeth. The dental bridge functions like natural teeth that do not require any removal. Moreover, they are economical and cost-effective.
A removable partial or complete denture is ideal for the replacement of multiple missing teeth, especially in older people. Moreover, it is the best dental replacement for people with resorbed jaw bone. Removable partial denture covers a part of the missing teeth.
On the other hand, complete removable denture covers the entire jaw bone and provides replacement of all missing teeth in the mouth. One of the drawbacks of dentures is that it takes time to adjust to the dentures. However, removable dentures are the most economical dental treatment for replacing multiple missing teeth in the mouth. (4)
The type of replacement for missing teeth must meet your needs and preferences. Moreover, you can contact your dentist for more information and guidance in choosing the best dental treatment suitable for your case.