What to Do if You Have a Loose Veneer

by | Oct 20, 2023 | Blog Posts

What to Do if You Have a Loose Veneer

Dental veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry option that can improve and enhance your smile. Veneers are thin shells made of porcelain or composite resin that fit over the surface of your existing teeth. They create a fuller, more complete smile that looks natural and healthy. While veneers are primarily successful and straightforward, issues can still arise. Let’s find out how to address concerns like a broken or loose veneer.

What Would Cause a Loose or Broken Veneer?

In most cases, veneers are incredibly durable and can last for years. However, specific oral health problems can make it more likely to experience loose or broken veneers:

Tooth Decay

An unhealthy, natural tooth can compromise the integrity of the veneer. Tooth decay causes damage to the enamel, which makes it easier to crack or loosen from the tooth. It is imperative to make sure there is no decay under the veneer.

Teeth Grinding

Grinding your teeth can also lead to a loose veneer. Frequently grinding your teeth can cause friction between the veneer and the natural tooth it is adhered to. This can lead to loosening and, in some cases, breakage.

Wear and Tear

Another cause of loosening is regular wear and tear. Veneers are designed to last long-term, but they may lose some stability as the years go on. If you have had your veneers for 10 to 15 years, you may experience loosening due to chewing and tooth brushing. [1]

What to Do for Your Loose Veneer

If your veneer fails or you develop issues with one of your pieces, you must visit your dentist as soon as possible. Loose or broken veneers require prompt attention to be salvaged. The underlying natural tooth must also be protected from bacteria or damage.

While you wait to see your dentist, avoid anything that could worsen the situation. Do not try to touch the veneer or restore its stability on your own. Avoid brushing the area, as it can further affect the piece, though you can likely still safely and gently brush around that area of concern. You must also avoid eating chewy or sticky foods that can dislodge the veneer.

If your veneer comes off of the natural tooth completely, you can try to preserve the piece. Please place it in a protective, airtight container where it will not be damaged or accumulate bacteria. If your veneer is chipped or damaged, it will likely need to be replaced.

Visit a Cosmetic Dentist in Webster

If you are interested in dental veneers or have issues with your current veneers, you can count on Empire Dental Care. Our team of dental professionals works with patients to improve their smiles and resolve cosmetic dental concerns. Our commitment to gentle care and patient satisfaction has made us a top provider in Webster. Contact us online or by phone at 585-671-1650 to schedule a consultation today!

 

Sources:

[1] https://www.verywellhealth.com/veneers-5218581

 

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Dr. Cohen has been practicing dentistry in private and public settings for over 10 years, completing her DMD degree in 2010 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Committed to providing dental care of the highest level, Dr. Cohen relocated to Rochester in 2016 to pursue advanced dental trainings at the Dental Urgent Care Fellowship at The University of Rochester, Eastman Institute for Oral Health, graduating in 2017, and the AEGD Residency program in 2019. She recently completed an additional advanced General Practice Residency program at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany NY. This summer she moved back to Rochester with her husband Kevin, a native Rochesterian, to be closer to family. Throughout her career and personal life, Dr. Cohen has shown her genuine compassion and care to people and patients from all walks of life. She volunteered in underserved areas, practiced in clinics for patients with complex special needs, and treated medically compromised patients among others. She also taught and mentored other dentists and students helping them achieve their professional and personal goals. Most of all, Dr. Cohen’s warm personality and love of people create a welcoming, comfortable feeling for both patients and staff.