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Dental Veneers Questions

Dental care is a very important part of a person’s personal care. Teeth also need to be maintained, cared for and kept up. Dental veneers may be the answer for one’s teeth that have chipped or are prone to decay. One may want to enhance their appearance by overlaying with porcelain veneers for a whiter smile. Whether the case be for dental health or cosmetic application, the correct application for dental veneers is very important. One would not want to find themselves with a veneer that has fallen off.

What are Dental Veneers?

Dental veneers are a thin layer of material placed over a tooth’s surface, to improve the aesthetics or to protect the surface of the tooth. Two types of material that may be used to fabricate a veneer are composite and dental porcelain veneers. Composite veneers may be placed directly in the mouth by a dental technician or indirectly fabricated in a dental laboratory, and later bonded to the tooth. A porcelain veneer may only be indirectly fabricated. An Expert might have insight of what to expect when one chooses to have veneers placed on their teeth.

When the dentist is unavailable, what glue could one use to replace a veneer that came loose?

In using a glue or cement you may risk damaging the veneer. Improper application may result in the dentist having to cut it out and replace the veneer with a new one. One may consider wearing a mouth guard to protect the tooth and other veneers around it. Chance of saving the veneer is that a dentist might re-etch and bond this back properly. Although one may be self-conscious with the loss of the dental veneer, waiting to get it fixed in a proper manner may give one longer use of the application. Temporary cements are available for crowns but not recommended for dental veneers.

How many fabrication techniques of porcelain veneers are there?

A "veneer" is a dental restoration to cover the front surface of a tooth. It may be made of porcelain or composite. A dental veneer might be placed over the surface, or the tooth may be altered for proper placement. Dental veneers may be fabricated to the color of your teeth or for cosmetic applications, changed to a different color to enhance one’s smile. Many dental laboratories may have given brand names to veneers, these still may have been made of the same materials. There may be a couple types of veneers but could be hundreds of fabrication techniques, of various brands related to the application, that describe the type of restoration methods used in applying dental veneers.

Is it necessary to replace a bridge that may have more than 75% of the porcelain veneer chipped off?

Depending on the age of the bridge, some dentist may stand behind their work for a given period of time. Some bridges made today are ceramic and must be replaced as a tooth may be exposed due to the fracture of veneer. If the bridge has a gold core, one’s teeth may be protected. In order to make a permanent repair, a dentist may remove the bridge and have the lab replace the porcelain veneer. It is best to remove the bridge in one piece without damage. A choice could be to do nothing, if the teeth are protected, but this may not look as good.

How often do patients actually experience problems, and could one have a bad batch of veneers?

With choosing a professional in veneer dentistry, dental veneers might last 10 to 15 years. Grinding or clenching one’s teeth may cause weakening or chipping of veneers. Dental veneers may not be recommended for people who like to chew on hard items such as ice, pencils and hard candy.

If a person with veneers experiences more than the average rate of problems, they may have had a case of bad dentistry rather than bad veneers.

When making the decision of whether to protect, repair or apply a cosmetic application to your teeth you may want to talk with an Expert about the pros and cons of dental veneers. A clear understanding of one’s dental health may factor in to whether or not one is a good candidate for the application. When choosing to have dental veneers, one may want to look for an experienced endodontic or prosthodontics to do the work.
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