Tooth wear and damage can take many forms, but regardless of the underlying cause, your dentist will often recommend a corrective procedure. This can be important not only to increase quality of life, but also to protect the remaining teeth – whose safety can be impaired by damage to their neighbors.
When it comes to selecting a procedure, you may have the option of opting for veneers over full replacement of one or more teeth. Veneer placement is a considerably different procedure – let’s take a moment to learn more:
What are Dental Veneers?
Rather than full fake teeth (which may take the form of partial or full dentures, or simply singular implants), dental veneers are thin shells that bond to the surface of the tooth. They’re usually composed of porcelain or a composite resin, and serve to both improve the tooth’s aesthetics and to protect the surface from further damages.
How and Why Are They Placed?
Veneers may be placed over existing teeth to correct any number of issues, including:
• Broken or chipped teeth
• Heavily worn teeth
• Misaligned and/or uneven teeth
• Considerable tooth discoloration
Filling in gaps between teeth (formed by chipping or heavy wear) is not only important for aesthetic purposes, but also to preserve nearby teeth: these gaps are very susceptible to gathering bits of food or collecting plaque.
The process typically requires multiple visits to your dentist – first for a consultation; then again to prepare the surface for the procedure and to make impressions for the laboratory to create veneers; and finally to apply them. The final step is a fairly simple process – your tooth is cleaned and polished, and special dental cement then bonds the veneer to its surface.
Dentures vs. Veneers – Which Option is Best for Me?
Veneers are typically less maintenance than managing a set of dentures, and a much more minor procedure than having implants placed in the gums. Of course, you’ll need to consult with a dentist to determine whether they are an option – depending on the extent of existing damage, a full replacement may be recommended instead.
If you are in need of tooth repair or replacement, contact Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery, P.C. for more information or a consultation.