Step 5: Make Your Dental Appointment
Why your veneer came off will determine whether we can reattach it. We may be able to reattach a veneer that came off because of the following:
Old veneers sometimes come off when the bonding fails. We expect the cemented veneer to stay in place for 10-15 years when properly bonded. However, diet and other factors can dissolve the bond more quickly for some people. Other times, poor bonding might cause the veneer to come off early.
If it’s just a question of bonding, we can likely reattach it if you want. If your tooth coverings are old, you might consider updating them, too.
Other reasons veneers might come off include the following:
- Cavities under the veneer
- Inappropriate use
- Teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism)
In these cases, we may not be able to reattach the veneer. If you developed cavities under the dental laminates, we will examine the extent of damage and make recommendations. You may need a filling, then the veneer can go back in place. Other times, it’s best to get a dental crown to protect the tooth.
Veneers are strong enough to use them as you should use natural teeth: for biting and chewing. Using your teeth to crack nuts, crush ice, or open packages and bottles can damage your veneers. It can still damage these wafter-thin custom made sheets of tooth-colored materials, even if you’re not directly using the veneered teeth when you do it.
Teeth clenching and grinding can also badly damage these dental shells. If we knew about bruxism when we placed the dental laminates, we likely gave you a mouthguard to wear to protect the veneers.
Before replacing the veneer, we’ll evaluate your bruxism and the mouthguard. In some cases, we might recommend TMJ treatment to help stabilize your bite and protect your veneers in the future.