Repairing Damaged Veneers: What to Do if They Chip or Crack

Dental veneers are a durable solution for improving your smile, but like natural teeth, they can sometimes chip or crack. At Woodland Hills Family Dentistry, we understand how distressing damaged veneers can be.

Understanding Veneer Damage

Veneers, typically made from porcelain or composite resin, are designed to withstand normal biting and chewing. However, they can be damaged due to accidents, biting on hard objects, or teeth grinding. Minor chips might not affect the overall structure, but larger cracks can compromise the veneer’s integrity.

Immediate Steps to Take

  • Assess the Damage: If your veneer chips or cracks, start by assessing the extent of the damage. Minor chips might not cause discomfort, but a significant crack or a completely dislodged veneer requires immediate attention.

  • Protect Your Mouth: If the damaged veneer has sharp edges, it could irritate or cut your tongue or cheek. You can use dental wax to cover any sharp edges temporarily.

  • Contact Your Dentist: Schedule an appointment with Woodland Hills Family Dentistry as soon as possible. Explain the situation over the phone so that we can prepare for your visit accordingly.

Professional Repair Options

  • Minor Damage: Small chips or cracks may be repairable with composite resin. This is a relatively straightforward procedure that can often be completed in one visit.

  • Significant Damage: For a severely cracked or dislodged veneer, the best course of action is usually replacement. This process will be similar to your initial veneer placement, requiring a new impression and fabrication of a new veneer.

Preventing Future Damage

To prevent damage to your veneers, consider the following tips:

  • Avoid biting on hard objects like pens, ice, or fingernails.

  • Wear a mouthguard if you play contact sports.

  • If you grind your teeth at night, ask us about a night guard to protect your veneers.

Conclusion

At Woodland Hills Family Dentistry, we are committed to helping you maintain a beautiful, healthy smile. If you experience damage to your veneers, don’t hesitate to contact us. We will provide the necessary care and guidance to repair your veneers and restore your smile. Remember, taking care of your veneers is an essential part of maintaining your overall dental health.

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