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What To Do When a Veneer Breaks or Chips

What To Do When a Veneer Breaks or Chips

Veneers are among the best options for improving the aesthetics of one’s smile. Unlike dental implants, they can be placed over existing teeth and do not cost as much. Furthermore, although traditional veneers require drastic and permanent altering of tooth structure, many new types of veneers do not. These are an excellent option for patients with generally healthy teeth and minor cosmetic issues. The added benefit of veneers is their longevity. Most will last 10 years or more, with some remaining intact for up to 20 years. Still, there will eventually come a day when your veneers need replacing. In some cases, you may even inadvertently break or chip a veneer. When this happens, they will need repairing.

Veneer Tooth Repair

Although veneers often break or chip without warning, you may be able to notice some signs of wear before they break completely. If you feel sensitivity in any of your teeth, this may be a sign of a small, perhaps even unnoticeable fracture in the veneer. If a tooth is painful, it is possible that bacteria may have penetrated the crack in the veneer and infected the underlying tooth. The best course of action is to see your dentist for examination.

Other signs of wear may be more noticeable. Some cracks or fissures may be visible in the mirror with the correct light. If you happen to notice any odd looking lines or discoloration, notify your dentist. He or she will be able to determine if the structure of your veneers is at risk. If you feel that a veneer has become loose, or you can move it with your finger, be very careful with it until you can see your dentist. As long as the veneer itself is not broken, it will simply need to be re-bonded.

How does a dentists fix a chipped veneer tooth?

Depending on the issue with your veneers, there are several options for repairing them. If all that is required is a simple re-bonding, the process is quick and painless. It is also relatively cheap, since it requires little work on the dentist’s part. For cracked veneers, chances are they will need to be completely replaced.

Tooth Chip Repair Cost

This can be more costly, ranging anywhere from a few hundred dollars to more than one thousand per tooth. The reason for this is that a new veneer will have to be made, a process that involves taking impressions and sending them to a dental laboratory. If a veneer is chipped, your dentist may be able to repair it by filling in the space with composite material. Although quick and generally inexpensive, this is not a long-lasting option as composite is prone to breaking, particularly on surfaces that are involved in chewing.

In general, veneers should last at least 10 years, with some lasting longer depending on the type. If you grind or clench your teeth, they will likely need replacing or repairing sooner. Your dentist can address these issues and help you determine which type of veneer is best for you. No matter the case, veneers are a great option for keeping your smile bright and healthy for many years.