The right patient for dental Veneers must have a clean healthy smile. Upon evaluation for Veneers, Dr. Ajmo would also be checking the patient’s mouth to make sure that the teeth and gums are healthy and clean. Veneers are not for every patient. A good candidate must have a good daily hygiene routine, and see their qualified dental hygienist on a regular basis to ensure that the treatment of veneers is successful.
One of the various causes that may contribute to the failure of veneers is Periodontal (gum) diseases. Periodontal means “around the tooth” This is a serious infection that if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that can affect one tooth or many teeth. The infection affects the gums around the teeth and the bone supporting the teeth. If left untreated, the bone and ligaments that support the teeth will deteriorate causing the patient to lose the tooth (teeth).
One patient asked, “What causes Periodontal Disease?” Harmful bacteria found in the mouth in large quantities form a sticky white residue known to most people as plaque. Plaque must be removed daily by flossing and brushing to prevent large quantities from building up. Should you fail to daily remove the plaque from your teeth and gums, it will harden to a thick mineral-like substance known as calculus or tartar, which only your hygienist can remove at a professional dental cleaning appointment. The toxins that are released from plaque irritate the gums and cause a breakdown of the fibers that hold the gum tissue to your teeth, creating pockets between the teeth and gums. If left untreated, the pockets will extend deeper causing the bacteria to destroy the bone holding the teeth and will eventually lead to the loss of the tooth (teeth).
Routine visits to your dental hygienist, as prescribed by Dr. Ajmo, will ensure your new veneer treatment is a success! Unfortunately, there is NO CURE for periodontal disease, however, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment is key to keeping your new Hollywood smile.