Veneers are tooth-colored shells that mask a wide range of imperfections, from stains and discoloration to chips or gaps between teeth.
But getting veneers involves shaving off a bit of enamel making it an irreversible procedure, most of our patients want to ensure that they know how to properly care for them. One question we get asked all the time is:
Can I get any more cavities now that I have veneers?
Here's what we tell our patients.
Veneers are made out of synthetic materials like composite resin and porcelain. Understandably, a lot of people think that since they are not natural, then the possibility of developing a cavity is gone.
But, that's far from the truth.
Yes, veneers are synthetic, but the teeth they are attached to are still there. Bacteria accumulate at the line where the veneer is bonded to the tooth and penetrate it. From there, they can slowly eat their way toward the inside of the tooth all the way to the pulp.
The problem is that because your tooth is covered by the veneer, it's very easy to miss the early signs of tooth decay, such as discoloration or dark spots on the tooth.
As the cavity progresses, you may start experiencing:
If you notice any of these signs, get in touch with the dentists at Coronado Dental Associates. They will examine your mouth and assess the damage. Our dentists will try everything to treat the tooth without interfering with the veneer. But, in some cases, the only solution is to remove the veneer, treat the affected tooth and then place a new set of veneers.
How to Protect Your Teeth from Cavities?
Veneers are low-maintenance and require pretty much the same care as your natural teeth. Be sure to:
The answer depends on the cosmetic issues you are dealing with and your expectations from this treatment. Note that because we need to trim down your teeth a bit, veneers are forever and you can't go back to your natural smile. If you're not comfortable with this level of commitment, the team at Coronado Dental Associates can help you find the right type of cosmetic treatment for your needs.
Get in touch with us online to book your appointment with Dr. Melanie Villalobos or Dr. Margaret Meadows. You can also reach us by phone by calling us at (619) 435-0844.