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Help! My Front Porcelain Veneer Broke!

April 27, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — drlindsey @ 9:39 pm
Woman with broken porcelain veneer in Ft. Collins covers her mouth

Once your new veneers are permanently attached to the front of your teeth, you’ll feel and look as though you have a brand-new smile! These beautiful and durable shells of dental porcelain can easily last you 15 years or more, but they’re not indestructible. What would you do if one suddenly broke or fell off? Your Ft. Collins emergency dentist explains how to navigate this alarming situation and protect your dazzling smile.

Step 1: Gather the Pieces of Your Veneer

The first thing to do if your veneer in Ft. Collins breaks or falls off is to collect the pieces. If your veneer is still loosely attached to your tooth, carefully remove it. Keep the broken veneer and its pieces safe from further damage by wrapping them in a soft material like cotton or tissue. Then, place them in a sturdy container with a lid.

Step 2: Call Your Dentist to See If You Need Emergency Care

For any scary situation that involves your smile, you should call your dentist as soon as you can. They can help you assess your circumstances and determine how soon you need to come in for an appointment. You may need to come in right away if the newly exposed tooth is damaged. In less urgent cases, your dentist will make an appointment to see you within a few days and give you personalized guidelines on how to protect your smile until then.

Step 3: Be Careful Until Your Dental Appointment

Since only a thin layer of enamel needs to be removed to place a porcelain veneer, breaking or losing one does not typically put your tooth in immediate danger. You’re likely to experience increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures as well as a rough sensation against your lips and tongue. Use caution when eating, drinking, and talking until you can see your dentist.

Step 4: Use a Temporary Fix If Needed

Unless directed by your dentist, do not attempt to reattach your veneer. This could damage it or your tooth further. However, there are ways you can mitigate uncomfortable tooth sensitivity and protect your tooth from bacteria. Try squishing a thin, flat layer of dental wax or sugarless gum onto the surface of your tooth as a barrier.

Step 5: What to Expect at Your Appointment

At your appointment, your dentist will determine what caused your porcelain veneer to break or fall off. If they find it was the result of issues like teeth grinding, bad chewing habits, or tooth decay, these problems will need to be addressed first before replacing your porcelain veneer. In some cases, a veneer can be quickly and easily repaired with composite resin or by buffing it out, but a severely broken veneer may need to be replaced entirely.

Thankfully, porcelain veneers rarely fall off or break if you take proper care of them. If you keep your smile clean and reduce any unnecessary wear and tear, you can expect to enjoy your flawless look for more than a decade.

About the Author

At Aspen Dental Care in Ft. Collins, CO, we know that small imperfections in your smile can have a big impact on your confidence. As the valedictorian of her graduating class at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry, Dr. Shiloh D. Lindsey has years of training and experience in handling a wide variety of dental issues. If you are having problems with your veneers or any other part of your smile, she is ready to provide the dental care you need quickly, comfortably, and efficiently. Contact her right away if your veneer has fallen off at her website or (970) 482-3166.   

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