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A Guide Broken Veneers

Veneers are known to be one of the most popular dental restoration options  and it is not hard to see why. They can enhance any smile and can completely transform damaged, crooked or stained teeth into a dazzling and bright gleam that has people beaming from ear to ear. They are one of the best options when it comes to improving the aesthetics of a smile and are known to be long-lasting – they really do offer the best of both worlds.

Unfortunately though, just like normal teeth, they are not immune to damage or wear and tear, so you should know as much as you can about why and how they break and get damaged, and more importantly, what you can do to ensure you look after them in the best way possible. If you suffer the misfortune of a broken or cracked veneer, it is always advised you seek emergency dental assistance.

You may be able to spot signs of wear and tear before a breakage

Even though veneers are known for their longevity,  they have to go through a lot of pressures on a regular basis – just like normal teeth – so will eventually show signs of wear and tear. This is a common reason why veneers break in the first place; they start to become weaker and unable to withstand certain pressures over time. It is therefore essential that you are aware of the signs of deterioration so you can get the problem addressed before the veneer actually breaks.

A common thing to watch for is sensitivity. If you experience sensitivity in any of the teeth that have veneers, you may wish to get in touch with a dentist, as this could be a sign of a fracture in the veneer. It is imperative that, even if the sensitivity is mild and bearable, you still get the complaint seen to as quickly as you can, because over time, if there is a fracture, bacteria may be able to get in through the crack and infect the tooth underneath.  This would result in complicated dental work and would, more than likely be a little painful.

Other things that you should watch out for include cracks or fissures developing. You should be able to spot these when you brush and floss your teeth and when you check your smile in the mirror. If you spot any crack or fissure developing, it is imperative that you contact your dentist immediately  as it could develop into a much worse scenario. Cracked veneers will more than likely need to be replaced. Discolouration of veneers is also a sign that something is wrong and again this will need addressing.

Finally, if you touch the veneer and it feels loose or you are able to move it quite freely, you should inform your dentist and get it seen to so that they can check the structure and core strength of the tooth in question. Even though a loose veneer may sound like it may be a big problem, if you see a dentist quickly there is no need to worry because, as long as  the veneer isn’t physically damaged, re-bonding will be sufficient.

Repairing a broken veneer

Irrespective of what is wrong with your veneer, there will always be solutions and remedies available, so you will never be left in a quandary for too long The kind of work undertaken to rectify the situation will depend on the problem in the first place. For instance, and as previously mentioned, if the veneer is a little loose it may be the case that a little bit of re-bonding is required. This is a relatively quick treatment and will not pose any threat of pain.

A different approach is needed if a veneer is cracked, however. In this situation a cracked veneer will more than likely need replacing, which can set you back a little. If you have to have a new veneer you will have to go through the original process again – an impression will have to be taken and then sent off to a laboratory.

Finally, a chipped veneer may not necessarily need to be replaced. It all depends on the severity of the damage.  Sometimes, if the chip is minor, a dentist may be able to do a bit of patch up work and fill in the chip with composite material. However, this is not known for its long-lasting qualities, so if you want a more permanent solution, this practice may not be for you. On the other hand, it is great as a ‘put on’ and is relatively cheap to undertake.

Additional information about veneers

Veneers can be utilised to sort out a number of dental problems and significantly improve the look and feel of teeth in general.

They can be used for damaged teeth, stained teeth, crooked teeth and gapped teeth and are known to last well over a decade.

In terms of construction, they are thin shells of tooth coloured translucent porcelain or composite resin that are custom designed to be placed over natural teeth to enhance the image, colour and shape.