You’re out with your friends at Gus’ – home to the best steaks in Texas City, according to most locals. You start chowing down on the chicken wings before the house specialty filet mignon arrives and, uh oh, your porcelain veneer fell off! What’s your next move?!
Veneers can be a great option to fix your dental woes, as they can address chips, cracks, gaps between teeth, minor misalignments, or discoloration. Nothing in life is perfect, however, and the day may come when your veneer falls off. If it does, you’ll want to understand the root of the problem and what to do next!
Reasons Why Your Veneers Fell Off
Veneers typically have a lifespan of 10-15 years. If yours ever were to fall off, some potential reasons could be:
- The veneer is old
- The veneer was not properly bonded or not properly placed
- Tooth decay behind the veneer
- Teeth grinding
- Bad chewing habits
Knowing the reason why your veneer fell off can help you decide how to respond. If the veneer was old, you shouldn’t be surprised that it broke. But if your brand-new veneer failed, you might have gone to the wrong dentist; get a second opinion before you go back.
If the culprit was something you ate, like a hard piece of candy or a crunchy piece of bread, do your best to be more careful in the future.
Responding to Losing Your Veneer Before Visiting the Dentist
Once you get to the dentist after losing your veneer, you are in good shape. But in the meantime…
- Collect the pieces in a hard, clear container – it may be salvageable if one large piece remains
- Do not try to reattach your veneer on your own
- Make an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible; ask for suggestions to keep your tooth safe while booking the appointment
- Expect an increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages, as well as a rough sensation against your lips and tongue
- Use dental wax on surface of your tooth as temporary barrier for sensitivity or roughness
When You Get to the Dentist After Losing A Veneer
Your dentist will be able to examine your tooth to determine if reattaching the veneer is a good option. If your veneer broke when it came off, generally the best choice is to have it replaced because most broken veneers cannot be fixed.
Your dentist will determine what caused the veneer to fail. Whatever the reason, it will need to be addressed before moving forward with repair or replacement.
If the veneer is still in good condition and fits properly, your dentist may be able to disinfect and reattach it. Composite resin may fix chips, cracks, or splinters in porcelain veneers, but in most cases, replacement is to be expected.
Fortunately, it is rare for porcelain veneers to fall out or break, especially if you keep them clean and reduce unnecessary wear and tear. But if that day ever comes, you will appreciate having already considered your course of action.
About the Practice
At Dental Cosmetic Center in Texas City, the team takes pride in the fact that patients trust them with their oral and overall wellbeing. Dr. Hackbarth, Dr. Houliston, and their staff utilize the latest technology, excellent customer service, and personalized dentistry to accommodate each patient. To book an appointment to solve your veneer problem or for any other dentistry needs, visit our website or call (409) 935-2111.