Porcelain Veneers Repair and Replacement
One of the most versatile and popular options out there for improving the overall appearance of your smile is porcelain veneers. This is such a great option to consider for so many different cosmetic dentistry needs.
Even though porcelain veneers can accomplish so much, there are times when they will need repair or replacement. We'd like to take a few moments right now to consider what this involves and why this should only be the last resort.
About Porcelain Dental Veneers
First things first, some of the basics of porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of specially crafted dental ceramic that are designed to cover the front portions of the teeth. When in place, porcelain veneers are able to address many different kinds of dental problems, including:
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Stained teeth
- Tooth gaps
- Crooked teeth
- Spacing issues
Why Porcelain Dental Veneers May Become Damaged or Injured
While porcelain veneers are very sturdy and resistant to stains, there are cases in which they may become accidentally chipped or cracked. Similarly, poor dental hygiene can cause tooth decay to occur around the porcelain veneer, necessitating restorative care be performed around the veneer itself.
Options for Porcelain Dental Veneer Repair
When it comes to repairing damaged porcelain veneers, there are a few options to consider. In most cases, though, dentists will use special bonding materials and composites to restore the damaged veneer structure. These composites are placed directly on the porcelain veneer surface.
Options for Porcelain Dental Veneer Replacement
When a porcelain veneer has been seriously damaged or there is serious tooth decay around a porcelain veneer, the veneer must be replaced. This is accomplished through the removal of some natural tooth structure, which is why veneer replacement is not a good idea if it can be avoided in the first place. It is always best for a patient to retain as much of his or her own natural tooth structure as possible. Your dentist will do his or her best to remove as little tooth structure as possible when removing and replacing the porcelain veneer.
Preventative Care Is Always Best
We feel that preventative care and good dental hygiene are always the best options to consider for optimal care. Because of this, we stress to patients that they should always follow good rules for dental hygiene. That means brushing at least twice a day, flossing regularly, and regular visits to the dentist. It's also important for dental patients to avoid substances that cause stains and discoloration to the teeth. Doing all of this will help prevent the need for porcelain veneer repair and/or replacement.
Play It Safe for a Good Smile Down the Road
In addition to proper dental hygiene, the right kind of precaution and protection is recommended for patients. If you play combat sports, full contact sports, or engage in any activities that may result in blows to the mouth area, be sure that you wear the proper a mouth guard or face protection. We also encourage patients with porcelain veneers to not chew on any objects they aren't supposed to (e.g., fingernails, pen caps) and to exercise caution when eating certain foods (e.g., popcorn given the dangers of unpopped kernels) so that they can avoid damage to their porcelain veneers.
Learn More About Porcelain Dental Veneers
For more information about porcelain veneers and how they can be of benefit to you, be sure to contact our Astoria cosmetic dentistry practice today. Our entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best looking smile possible as well as excellent dental health.