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Repairing Damaged Dental Veneers

Posted on: March 7th, 2019 by Sam Khammar

Porcelain dental veneers are one of the most innovative inventions in the world of cosmetic dentistry. Dental veneers can make poor-looking teeth appear alluring, sturdy and natural. But what happens when they get damaged due to a mishap or accident? This article focuses on factors that affect the lifespan of veneers and the process involved in repairing damaged dental veneers.

The durability of veneers

Dental veneers typically require no intense maintenance and only demand basic oral hygiene such as brushing, flossing and routine dental checkups. With proper oral hygiene, dental veneers can last up to 10 years.

If veneers are properly placed, the chances of damage are slim. In contrast to composite veneers that can be repaired, damaged porcelain veneers usually must be replaced. Therefore, it is essential that you shun bad habits that may damage your veneers, such as teeth grinding or clenching, chewing ice, nail-biting and opening things (like packages) with your teeth.

Repairing damaged or defective veneers

Porcelain veneers are quite sturdy, and breakages, defects and chips are rare. When damage occurs, it is often because the tooth was not set correctly or the veneer was not properly bonded. Also, malocclusions can chip or dislodge veneers, which is why a cosmetic dentist should correct teeth misalignments before placing veneers.

Your dentist can only make repairs with dental bonding or composite materials, not porcelain. It may be possible to create a satisfactory result with plastic, but over time, the less durable material (composite) will deteriorate as evident by chipping and discoloration and will stand out from the veneer.

If the repair is done on points that experience significant pressure or force, such as the biting edges, creating a bond between the porcelain veneer and the composite patch will probably be hard or impossible.

Minor chips

If only a tiny part of the porcelain is chipped, the best option is to file and abrade the veneer to even out the chip. This solution is lasting, although it may require recontouring nearby teeth in a similar way to maintain the symmetry of the smile.

Cracks

You may notice crack lines on the veneers even though they are still intact on the teeth. If this happens, the dentist will be unable to determine the bond between your tooth and the fractured part. Also, the crack may get discolored and stain the veneer’s appearance.

Repair is often not possible in this situation, as the dentist may not be able to fill the crack or bond different porcelain pieces together. If the veneer breaks and no piece is lost, the dentist may decide to reattach the veneer with a translucent bonding material. The treatment could cause discoloration around the fracture point and weakness that could lead to a second breakage. Replacing the veneer completely is usually the best option.

In conclusion

The process of bonding dental veneers to the teeth is complex. Since the procedure is permanent, it is advisable to choose a professional cosmetic dentist that can give you the best, most lasting outcome.

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Your Gorgeous Dental Veneers Can Last for Years to Come

Posted on: October 2nd, 2015 by Sam Khammar

Dental VeneersDental veneers have made their mark on the world of cosmetic dentistry by providing customers with a great way to replace tooth enamel that has become damaged, discolored, or otherwise unattractive. For many people, this is a long-term solution since the veneer will be cemented in place and hence is not something that can be removed very easily. As a result, many of our patients want to know how long dental veneers typically last without needing to be repaired or replaced. The answer to this question is usually at least 10 years, but there are a sufficient number of factors that come in to play, which can influence that number in either direction. There have been numerous studies on this exact issue as many cosmetic and other dentists want a clear answer on how long their patients can expect dental veneers to last. One study conducted on the longevity of dental veneers found the following. In 96 percent of the participants, we found the veneers lasted a minimum of five to six years. This group was overlapped with a second group of 93 percent, whose dental veneers lasted between 10 and 11 years. A third significant group found that their dental veneers lasted between 12 and 13 years, accounting for 91 percent of the studied population. After 13 years, we found a small drop off in longevity, with only 71 percent of the participants reporting that their dental veneers lasted between 15 and 16 years. Even with these kinds of odds, it is relatively safe to say that your dental veneers will last at least 10 years as long as you take good care of them.

When considering dental veneers, in terms of longevity, it is important to look at the whole picture. This means that you have to be willing to understand that there is a great deal of human interference that can cause the veneers to fail earlier than they should. The two leading causes of failure, as recorded in studies, have a direct correlation with how people treat their teeth. Teeth are not tools and should not be used as such, since treating them in this calloused manner can damage the enamel and cause the dental veneer to fracture or crack. We have found that in more than 45 percent of cases where the dental veneer failed, there was a fracture involved. This means that the person was doing something with their teeth that they should not have been or were placing undue pressure on the tooth. Additionally, there is 28 percent of dental veneers that failed because they had a crack, again a manifestation of some kind of physical trauma placed on the veneers. It is up to you, as the user, to ensure that you are not putting undue pressure on either your teeth or your dental veneers.

The other area where you can impact how long your dental veneers last is by making sure that you have great oral hygiene. In up to 20 percent of cases, we find that bad oral hygiene leads to veneer loss.

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