When the appearance of the smile has become noticeably flawed by the presence of blemishes and cosmetic imperfections, it is time to consider cosmetic dental treatment that will restore the beauty of the teeth. Porcelain veneers drastically improve the appearance of the smile by concealing cosmetic flaws so that patients are left with a white, straight, and even smile. These attractive restorations can enhance the smile for many years, but eventually, they are likely to become worn down or damaged. When this happens, it is important for the health of the natural teeth that porcelain veneers be replaced. Dr. Jay Ajmo offers porcelain veneers replacement to his Palm Beach Gardens patients so that they can continue to enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile.
Porcelain veneers are extremely durable and can last as long as 15 years or more with proper care and treatment. However, they are susceptible to damage from injury and will wear down or become damaged over time, especially if they are placed under excessive force or pressure. Damaged porcelain veneers will not only negatively affect the appearance of the smile but can also make the natural teeth vulnerable to infection or decay, so it is important to replace porcelain veneers in any of the following situations:
Veneers have chipped or cracked
Veneers have become worn down and thin
Veneers fail to function comfortably
In addition to the failure of the porcelain veneers themselves, problems with the natural teeth can also lead to the need to replace porcelain veneers. If the natural teeth beneath the veneers suffer from decay or infection, the porcelain veneers will need to be replaced so that these issues can be addressed. Similarly, if gum disease occurs and the gums begin to recede, veneers will need to be replaced so that treatment can be received and so that new veneers can be placed to fill in the gaps left as a result of gum recession.
The replacement procedure for porcelain veneers is almost identical to the initial treatment process. The old veneers will be removed and the teeth will be cleaned to remove any residue left by the bonding compound. New molds will be taken so that a fresh set of veneers can be fabricated to accommodate any changes that have taken place since the initial treatment. Once the new porcelain veneers have been fabricated, they will be tested to ensure a proper fit and then bonded to the facial surface of the teeth. To ensure that these replacement veneers are enjoyed for the maximum extent of their lifespan, patients should practice good oral hygiene habits and avoid harmful oral habits such as nail biting and teeth grinding.
If you have porcelain veneers that have become worn down or damaged, it is important to the health of your teeth that the veneers be repaired or replaced as soon as possible. To learn how Dr. Jay Ajmo can address damaged porcelain veneers in order to repair your smile, schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!