What Happens if a Veneer Falls Out After 15-20 Years

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We recently got this question sent to us on Instagram so we felt inspired to write a post about it. Here is the question that was sent to us:

“Hello! I have been looking at your FAQs and considering an appointment. I understand veneers are irreversible but if you don’t need to do any preparation to the teeth, would the teeth be fine if a veneer came off or is the surface integrity still compromised?  Weird question, but what happens in 15-20 years if you weren’t able to get them replaced?”

All teeth need some sort of preparation for porcelain veneers. Without it, you’d end up with bulky and thick veneers that would stick out and look out of place. Preparation of the teeth doesn’t mean that they would look like little stumps – this is a mother’s tale. At Dental and Skin Clinic we are very conservative with our tooth preparation and only shape what is absolutely necessary to get the best cosmetic result. One of the things that we pride ourselves on is actually how conservative we are and how good we are at preserving as much healthy tooth structure as possible. 

So what happens if one veneer were to come off at some point in time? What would the tooth underneath look like? Would the tooth be hurt? Would replacing the veneer be absolutely necessary? 

These are questions that we often get asked at the clinic. 

The first thing to consider is where in the mouth has the veneer come out? Is it one of the froth teeth or somewhere towards the back? Is symmetry affected? Does it look out of place having one veneer missing? 

The second thing to consider is, does it bother you? 

As a general rule, we recommend to have the veneer replaced (even in the scenario that the tooth underneath is completely untouched). Veneers act as protection for the teeth, almost like a helmet for the tooth.  So when the veneer is gone, the protection is gone. Of course, this is a general rule. 

Got more questions that you’d like us to answer? Send them through to [email protected] or message us on Instagram @dentalandskin 

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