Porcelain veneers are prized for their versatility and durability, and as a consequence have become one of dentistry’s most sought after procedures. However, these veneers are not indomitable, and at some point will need to be replaced. Typically, newly installed veneers will last about ten years and sometimes longer if they are properly cared for. Below are some signs that your veneers are due for a replacement.
When You’ve Sustained An Injury
Any injury to the mouth which results from a car accident, sports, physical altercation or slipping and falling should warrant a visit to the dental office to have the veneers inspected. Any injury involving the oral cavity can adversely affect the gums and teeth, along with any restorations you’ve had. Your veneers might become fractured, and if so will need to be replaced.
When You’ve Developed An Infection Of The Root Canal
An infection of the root canal results from bacteria that gains access to dental pulp which resides inside teeth. It typically results from either dental injury or tooth deterioration. Once the pulp becomes infected, one will suffer severe discomfort, and if the issue is not addressed the infection can extend to other areas of the mouth. To treat a root canal which has become infected, dentists will usually have to remove and replace any veneers which are present.
When You Detect Cosmetic Issues
Although most veneers are designed to be resistant to stains and various dental flaws, the structure of the tooth itself could become compromised. Tooth staining underneath the veneer is possible, and aesthetically speaking is quite undesirable. When this issue is detected, the veneers must be removed, so that the cosmetic issue can be addressed, after which fresh ones can be installed.
When Your Veneers Begin Showing Signs of Wear
Veneers are designed to be tough and robust, but over time will wear down from normal use. This includes chewing, grinding of teeth and biting, which will gradually damage them. If you notice that your veneers have become cracked or chipped when looking at them in a mirror, this is an indication that they are in need of replacement.
How Veneers Are Replaced
The procedure involved with replacing an aging veneer is very similar to the first installation. The existing veneers must be removed with care, and the teeth will need to be prepped so that the new veneers will be supported. Your dentist will take impressions, after which they will be transferred to a laboratory where the fresh veneers will be fabricated. Once the fabrication process is complete, the new veneers will be sent to the dental office, where you will meet with your dentist and they will test and install them, making sure they fit.
There are a number of ways in which the longevity of veneers can be extended, and this includes brushing your teeth multiple times a day, flossing, avoiding the use of cigarettes and tobacco, and visiting the dental office regularly for cleanings and checkups.