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Veneer Replacement: Can Veneers Be Removed & Replaced?

Veneers are a way to restore your teeth and improve your beautiful smile and appearance while also providing strength and resilience comparable to your original tooth enamel.

Veneers look like natural teeth. They are thin coverings placed over the front visible part of the tooth and are used to conceal dental flaws such as teeth discoloration and chipped or worn teeth. Veneers are customized to the shape of your real teeth and are bonded to the tooth’s original enamel during in-office dental procedures.

When you properly care for your veneers, they will last longer and perform better for you.
Veneers are designed to remain in place for the rest of your life. The lifespan of veneers is usually between 10-20 years. If one of your veneers ever loosens, wears out, or is damaged due to an accident or poor care, you must replace it.

Dental veneers, also known as porcelain veneers, are removable and replaceable. There may be a minor difference in the difficulty of removing them. When compared to ceramic veneers, composite veneers are far easier to remove. This will be covered in greater detail in this article. Continue reading!

Reasons to Remove or Replace Dental Veneers

As mentioned before, veneers are ceramic facings bonded to teeth that have been prepared to receive them. A professional dentist can determine if there is an excellent reason for removing or replacing your dental veneers. If your veneers are correctly installed, and in good condition, there should be no reason to remove them.
Here are a few reasons why you will need to consider removing or replacing your dental veneers.

Crack/Damages

Firstly, you should determine how and why your dental veneer cracked. How long has the dental veneer lasted before the crack? Is the crack a hairline fracture, or are we talking about a total break? Another critical question that a skillful cosmetic dentist could help you answer is whether or not your veneer is on an enamel or dentin tooth structure.

Although dental veneers are highly durable, they are subject to wear and tear. Your veneers will need repair or replacement if they are chipped, cracked, worn down, or damaged. If caught early, your dentist can repair the crack with a bonded white composite filling material. This is a patch and not a fix, but it will often last long if an expert dentist does this correctly. If a piece is cracked off, it will be bonded the same way your veneers are bonded from the start. If your dental veneer is relatively new, less than a year, then a trained dentist will decide to replace it. If there is severe damage, your veneer will need to be replaced.

Decay or Damage to the Hidden Tooth

Damage or decay to the hidden tooth Veneers only covers the front side of the teeth and does not fix any surface problems with the original tooth.

Veneers are not more readily prone to decay; however, they need to be maintained with the same proper flossing and brushing as natural teeth. Dental home care is essential; also, make sure you go to your dentist for regular cleaning visits. If decay should occur on one of the teeth that a veneer is bonded to, the decay can be removed by accessing the tooth from behind the veneer.

Helpful hints: Please do your research. Try to find a Dental Specialist who has a ceramist in the office. Communication between you, the dentist, and the ceramist are crucial to ensure a successful outcome. Take care of your teeth at home and visit your regular dentist often. Don’t make your dental investment go to waste.

Loose Veneer

If an accident dislodges your veneer, it’s essential to respond correctly for your oral health. Here are the three things you should always do as soon as you notice that your veneer is loose:

1) Act Fast: When you have a loose veneer or it falls out of your mouth, you need to call an experienced dentist immediately. When your dentist originally placed your veneer, they had to remove some of your tooth enamel to ensure good adhesion. A loose veneer may mean a poor bonding job or insufficient bonding done by an inexperienced dentist. Without the protective enamel, your inner tooth is far more vulnerable to decay. So, you have to act fast!

2) Don’t Touch: When your veneer is loose or gone, it might seem natural to touch your tooth while examining it closely. Any touch can introduce bacteria to your delicate inner tooth. Additionally, it could be excruciating to touch your inner tooth.

3) Keep Your Veneer: Even if it is chipped. Please don’t throw it away and bring it with you to your dentist’s office

Stains

Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant; therefore, porcelain veneers do not discolor. However, the edges of the veneer where it contacts the tooth can discolor, leaving unsightly brown lines behind. Veneers do not stain as much as teeth, but scratches can occur, trapping dirt and resulting in an off-color appearance.

Avoid using whitening toothpaste for whiter teeth; this causes fine scratches on your tooth. You should not expect teeth whitening to remove these stains since it works only on natural tooth structures.

If your veneers are very old, they were likely created with a material with less stain resistance than the materials available today. In this situation, replacing old veneers with more stain-resistant ones is the best course. Modern veneer materials are highly durable and have exceptional resistance to deterioration over time.

Is it difficult to replace veneers?

The short answer is no. The veneer replacement technique is very straightforward. The dentist files down the bonding agent that glued the original veneers then take an impression of your teeth. You may be given temporary veneers as you wait for your new ones. Once your new veneers are ready, they will be applied to your teeth using the same method.

We advise that you seek professional advice from a cosmetic dentist who is an expert in smile design.

How many times can a veneer be replaced?

Veneers can be replaced many times, provided there is enough healthy tooth structure under the existing veneers. The only way your dentist could tell is by removing the veneers. Replacing your veneers happens about every 15 – 20 years after they are placed. Some signs that it is time to replace your veneer are chips, cracks, or extreme damage.

Suppose you have an improper bite situation caused by your original teeth shifting or grinding or clenching of your veneers, or even a poor bond job is done by a practitioner who lacks cosmetic dentistry expertise. In that case, your veneers may fall off, causing the need for them to be replaced.

Keep in mind that any time a tooth is worked on, you risk having irreversible damage caused to the tooth. It will help if you visit your cosmetic dentist every six months for dental cleaning.