Common Concerns About Dental Veneers

If you want to improve the appearance of your smile because of extreme tooth staining, chips, or other dental irregularities, then your dentist may recommend porcelain veneers. They are natural-looking and last for a long time. A dental lab will make your veneers based upon the specifications submitted by your dentist. Here are some common concerns to talk to your dental professional about prior to getting your dental restorations:

Tooth Preparation

While many people believe that the veneer is place right over the natural tooth without any preparation, this is not the case. Before your veneer is affixed to your tooth, your dentist will need to remove a thin layer of your tooth enamel. If the restoration is placed over the natural tooth without any preparation, the tooth may look unnatural or too thick. In addition, if the tooth is not prepared for the veneer properly, it may affect your ability to chew or it may even change your bite.

You do not have to worry about the dentist being overzealous when preparing your natural tooth. He or she will only remove a very thin layer of your tooth enamel and the process will not cause you any discomfort. You will be give a local anesthetic while your dentist is prepping your tooth, and after the anesthetic wears off, you may experience only slight sensitivity. 

Ability To Chew

Your veneers are strongly bonded to your natural teeth. Your ability to chew and bite will not diminish, and in some cases may even improve. It is important to note, that while your veneers are bonded well to your teeth, you should still be careful that you are not overly aggressive when biting into your food. 

Also, avoid ripping packages open with your teeth and biting your nails after you have gotten your porcelain tooth jackets. If your dental restorations chip or crack, they will need to be replaced.

Also, if your restored teeth become painful when you eat or bite down, the porcelain jackets may also need to be replaced. Dental pain after a veneer procedure is not common, and it is typically not the result of an improperly done procedure. Pain may be related to a tooth infection, gum disease, or even from the toothpaste you use which may cause sensitivity. 

If you are considering dental restorations such as porcelain veneers, talk to your dentist about your concerns. It is much less intimidating to undergo a dental procedure when you are a well-informed patient.

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