Dental Veneer Aftercare

Why you should not simply ignore your new veneers.

There may be a tendency, following the fitting of your new dental veneers, to presume that  because they are made from porcelain, they will require little maintenance.

Whilst it is true that porcelain will not decay and is extremely stain resistant, the potential threat to your veneers, if you neglect your oral health, should not be underestimated.

There are a number of potential issues that veneers can suffer from if neglected; some of which we have seen at the Lodge Dental Suite over the years. The following are some of the most likely issues that can arise.

Tooth decay

Although the porcelain veneers cannot, of course, decay; the fact is that they are attached to the natural tooth, and these certainly can decay.

If the teeth are not cleaned correctly, the remaining enamel may decay and cause the veneer to fit less well than it was when placed. This, in turn, makes them more likely to become detached.

Of course, if the decay is not prevented, or at least given early stage treatment, then there is a possibility of losing the whole tooth.

Gum disease

Although some of our patients may brush their teeth with the aim of keeping the new veneer clean and white, it may be that less thought is sometimes given to the health of the gums.

If the gums are ignored, gingival bacteria will build up and the patient is likely to notice early signs of gum disease such as sore or bleeding gums. If ignored and allowed to become more advanced, this can lead to periodontitis which, like tooth decay, could lead to the loss of the tooth.

Detachment

Providing that you take care of your teeth and gums by brushing and flossing regularly, most people will have a trouble free experience with their dental veneers. One issue that may arise with some people though is when the veneers become detached. This happens only infrequently, and often in people with habits such as nail biting and pen chewing.

It is advisable to avoid these types of habits which put pressure against the bottom of the veneer and may cause it to spring off. If this does happen, please do not attempt reattachment yourself. Instead, keep the detached veneer safe and make an appointment with our Enfield and Cheshunt dentist who will re-attach it securely and painlessly, using a strong dental cement.

If you have any questions about your new veneers or are unsure how best to care for them, please call the Lodge Dental Suite on 01992 643 388 and we will answer any questions that you may have.