My Fixed Bridge Makes My Life Easier

When I had a badly decayed tooth extracted, I got a partial denture to fill in the gap. I didn't mind it at first, because I was just so happy to have my painful tooth out of my mouth. Over time, I began to get tired of taking it out at night. I asked my dentist if I was could get a dental implant, and he said that my gum disease did not make me a good candidate, but a fixed bridge may be a good option for me. I went with his suggestion, and I have no regrets. I love feeling like I have a real tooth again that I don't have to remove at night. I created this blog to remind other people with a missing tooth that they have many replacement options, and if one is not for you, then try another that may be right.

How Your Teeth Are Prepared For Veneers And Why Veneers Have To Be Replaced When Damaged

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Dental veneers are a more affordable way to give you a whiter smile than implants and crowns on all of your teeth. However, you should understand beforehand that veneers are high maintenance. You have to be very careful with them, and a very special process is used to prepare your natural teeth for the veneers. Additionally, if your veneers are ever damaged, they have to be replaced immediately, and with good reasons why. Here is the preparation process and why veneers have to be replaced immediately after being damaged. 

The Facades of All of Your Visible Teeth are Roughened

Natural teeth are very smooth, especially when clean and healthy. That is exactly the kind of surface to which veneers cannot really adhere. The dentist has to roughen the fronts of all of your teeth to make them a little more porous so that the dental adhesive used to attach the veneers to your teeth will sink into the natural teeth and create a solidly cemented surface. Should you ever decide that you no longer want veneers, all of your teeth would have to be crowned to protect them because some of the enamel on the fronts of the teeth has been sanded away to accept the veneers. 

When Veneers Are Damaged, Your Natural Teeth Are Exposed

When veneers are damaged, your natural teeth are exposed in one or more of three ways. First, if just the veneer broke away, everyone will be able to see that you have veneers because your natural tooth will be peeking out from under the remaining part of the veneer. Second, if the veneer broke off and took part of your natural tooth with it, the pulp and nerves of your natural tooth are exposed and can become infected, or worse, die. Third, if your own tooth did not break, you still have to contend with the roughened surface of the tooth, through which acids from foods and digestive acids in your mouth can create cavities. For all of those reasons, you cannot leave a broken veneer as-is. You have to schedule an emergency appointment for dental veneer services and have the affected veneer(s) fixed. 

Preventive Care Is Best for Veneers

If you are a particularly careful sort of person, then you should have no problem whatsoever with your veneers. A few decades down the road, you may wish to have the old veneers removed and new ones inserted into your mouth to keep your smile fresh and white. It is also important to continue practicing good oral hygiene so that your natural teeth will not rot behind the veneers and cause problems with your veneers as well as the health of your mouth.


2 August 2019