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By David J. Campbell DDS
November 10, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Dental veneers improve the appearance of your teeth and are a simple solution to hide gaps and discolored and crooked teeth. Because veneers are wafer thin, they can detach from the front of your teeth in certain circumstances. West Lake Dentist David J. Campbell DDS explains what you should do if you lose a veneer.Veneers

Save the veneer

Put the veneer in a safe place, if you still have it. Wrap it loosely in cotton or tissue, and put it in a hard plastic container. If it's in one piece, your dentist may be able to reattach it. Whether the veneer can be reattached will depend upon the reason it detached. If your dentist doesn't think he can successfully rebond the veneer, you will need a replacement.

Call your dentist

Although losing a veneer isn't a dental emergency, tell your dentist as soon as possible. He may want to look at your tooth before making a decision about the next steps. During your appointment, he can also remove any veneer fragments that remain on the tooth. If you need a new veneer, the sooner you inform your dentist, the sooner you'll have a replacement. It usually takes one to two weeks for the dental laboratory to make a new veneer.

Possible issues

You won't have any difficulty chewing or eating after you lose a veneer, although your tooth may be sensitive to hot or cold foods and drinks. Because a small amount of enamel was removed to prepare the tooth for the enamel, the front of your tooth may feel rough. Buy dental wax and place it over the surface of the tooth if the rough surface irritates your mouth or you're bothered by sensitivity,

Avoiding future problems

Veneers can break or fall off for a variety of reasons, such as biting a hard object, biting your fingernails or clenching your teeth. Obviously, if your veneer fell off after you tried to open a package with your teeth, you'll probably decide that it's a better idea to use a pair of scissors next time. If clenching or grinding is a problem, your dentist may suggest that you wear a nightguard to protect your veneers.

Curious about veneers? David J. Campbell, DDS, your West Lake dentist, will answer all of your questions and let you know if veneers are the right option for you. Call him today at (248) 887-8387