What your dentist in Norwich wants you to know
So, you’ve taken the plunge and invested in porcelain veneers. You now have a sparkling, beautiful smile. There are steps you can take to ensure your veneers last, but they can still be damaged. It’s important to know how to deal with damaged veneers and Dr. Jonathan Greene at Greene Dental Group in Norwich, CT, wants to help.
First, there are some things you shouldn’t do when you have porcelain veneers. Remember to:
- Avoid using your teeth as tools to open things
- Avoid hard foods like candy or apples
- Avoid chewing your fingernails or ice cubes
- Be fitted with a nightguard if you grind your teeth in your sleep
Second, there are things you should do if you damage your veneers. If your dental veneer comes off, you should:
- Examine the veneer carefully to see if it is intact. If so, it will look just like a tooth. You can also examine the tooth it came from to see if there are any residual pieces attached to the tooth.
- If the veneer is intact, wrap it carefully in tissue and place it in a container. Schedule a visit with Dr. Greene as soon as possible; he may be able to reattach it.
- If the veneer came off in pieces, Dr. Greene will need to make you a new one.
- If you fracture a veneer, typically it should be remade.
If you chip a veneer, Dr. Greene may be able to:
- Buff out the chipped area if the area is very small; for larger chips, your veneer may need to be redone.
You may experience increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages if they contact your exposed tooth. You can try toothpaste for sensitive teeth and fluoride rinses to protect the tooth surface. For extreme sensitivity, it’s best to contact Dr. Greene.
Dental veneers are an excellent choice to enhance your smile, but it’s important to protect them. If you damage your veneers, don’t worry, Dr. Greene is here to help. Call Dr. Greene at Greene Dental Group in Norwich, CT, today!