Dr. Grundstrom Joost has helped countless patients in and around Jefferson City get the smiles of their dreams thanks to the use of porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers can treat chips, cracks, gaps, and stains, which makes it a crucial and versatile part of the cosmetic dentistry and smile makeover process. Even though porcelain veneers are great for enhancing smiles, they do have a set lifespan to keep in mind and will require replacement. Let's look into these issues in a bit more detail right now.
The average lifespan of porcelain veneers is roughly 10 years. In some cases, with good care, porcelain veneers can last around 15 years.
While porcelain veneers are quite durable, they can be worn down much like your natural tooth structure. It's for that reason that patients should be aware that their veneers are not permanent. Realistic expectations like these improve patients satisfaction with the treatment process.
Some of the most common causes of porcelain veneer damage include:
While porcelain veneers are stain resistant, the tooth structure around the veneer is still subject to staining and discoloration. If the area around the veneer becomes stained or discolored, the porcelain veneer may need to be removed in order to address the discoloration to the natural tooth structure.
In addition, there is the chance that patients will experience tooth decay or tooth injury around or underneath a porcelain veneer. The only way for the tooth damage to be properly dealt with is to remove the porcelain veneer first and then do a restorative procedure.
The process for replacing porcelain veneers is similar to the process for initially getting a porcelain veneer placed.
First, a dentist will carefully remove the old veneer. Any tooth decay, damage, or discoloration is then addressed. This will involve cosmetic or restorative treatments of some kind. In some cases, the use of a tooth-colored crown, inlay, or onlay may be used rather than a veneer.
Once these issues are dealt with, a little bit of prep will be done on the remaining tooth structure to accommodate a new porcelain veneer. An impression will be taken of the prepped tooth. From this impression, a new veneer will be fashioned at a dental lab. The finished porcelain veneer is then sent back to the practice to be checked one last time for fit before it is adhered in place.
In order to make your porcelain veneers last their longest, we recommend the following dental care tips:
To learn more about porcelain veneers and how they can help you have a beautiful smile, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Grundstrom Joost looks forward to your visit and helping you have the healthiest and most beautiful smile possible.