August 11, 2022
Veneers are expected to last around 10 or 15 years before they need to be replaced. However, just like any other kind of restoration, veneers are far from infallible. Even if you take great care of them, there’s always a chance that they could break or fall off. As alarming as this situation can be, it’s very important not to panic. If a veneer fell off, keep these 5 steps in mind to help you take control of your situation and maintain your new, brilliant smile.
1. Keep the Veneer Safe
You need to take your veneer out of your mouth so that you don’t swallow it by accident. Keep it in a clean container so that you can bring it with you to your appointment. If it’s mostly or fully intact, your dentist might be able to repair it and place it right back on your tooth.
2. Call Your Dentist
You need to get in touch with your dentist right away. Even though veneers are only placed for cosmetic reasons, they still involve removing small amounts of the enamel from your teeth. Without your veneers, your prepared teeth will be exposed. Your dentist can give you tips for keeping your smile safe and make arrangements to see you at the earliest possible convenience.
3. Protect Your Smile
If you can’t see the dentist right away, don’t worry; losing a veneer is not a dental emergency. Your exposed teeth won’t be in any immediate danger, although they may be more sensitive than usual. It’s best to stay away from especially hot or cold beverages for the time being, as they could cause pain if they come in contact with the exposed teeth.
4. Consider Using Dental Wax to Protect Your Tooth
If the roughness of your exposed tooth is uncomfortable against your soft tissues, you can put a bit of dental wax over the tooth. Only use a thin layer on the surface of the teeth in question. Under no circumstances should you try to put your veneer back on the tooth by yourself.
5. Visit Your Dentist and Have Your Veneer Repaired or Replaced
When you visit the dentist, they’ll take the time to figure out why your veneer failed and take steps to address the issue. If the veneer is still in good condition, it can usually be reattached to the tooth. Even a damaged veneer can often be fixed so that you can keep using it. In cases where the veneer has been entirely compromised, your dentist can replace it altogether.
It’s quite rare for veneers to fall out, but if it does happen, you only need to follow the steps above to prevent any further complications. Talk to your dentist if you have any other questions when it comes to taking care of your veneers.
About the Author
Dr. John K. Drisdale III is Midland’s trusted dentist. He pursued his dental doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, and he is currently a member of the Academy of General Dentistry Master Track Program. He is skilled in performing a variety of dental treatments, including using veneers to give his patients full smile makeovers. To schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (432) 684-7424.
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