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Reasons for Porcelain Veneers Replacement

Memphis Porcelain Veneers ReplacementPorcelain veneers are thin fabrications that are bonded to the facial surface of the teeth in order to improve the aesthetics of the smile for our patients. Despite the fact that veneers are so thin, they are actually extremely durable. Under the right conditions, porcelain veneers can last for more than 10 years. However, at some point it will be time to consider the replacement of porcelain veneers. Cosmetic dentist Timothy Messer explains to his Memphis patients the most common reasons for porcelain veneers replacement.

When Should Porcelain Veneers Be Replaced?

With proper care, porcelain veneers should last a minimum of 10 years. Some patients are able to keep their porcelain veneers for upwards of 20 years or more. However, patients should realize that porcelain veneers are not meant to last a lifetime. Even under the most ideal conditions, porcelain veneers will need to be replaced at some point. Below are some common reasons for porcelain veneers replacement:

  • Veneers have been damaged: The most common reason for porcelain veneers replacement is damage or a gradual wearing down of the veneers. Time and use will eventually wear down the veneers and cause them to weaken; weaker veneers are more likely to chip or crack. Injuries to the face or mouth can also cause damage to veneers prematurely.
  • Dissatisfaction with the workmanship of veneers: One reason for the early replacement of veneers is dissatisfaction with the appearance or workmanship of the veneers. It is very important to see a dentist that is skilled in the application of the veneers and who also has an artistic eye for creating veneers that create a naturally attractive smile. Dr. Messer possesses both of these talents and is happy to replace porcelain veneers for patients who have gone elsewhere for treatment and received poor quality work.
  • Decay beneath the veneers: If the teeth beneath the veneers experience decay, treatment will need to be performed to preserve the health of the teeth and gums. In order to effectively treat a tooth beneath a veneer, it is likely that the veneer will need to be removed and replaced.
  • Cosmetic flaws on surrounding teeth: Porcelain veneers are designed to match the color of surrounding natural teeth. However, over time the surrounding teeth may become stained or discolored and the patient may wish to undergo teeth whitening treatment. Porcelain veneers do not respond to teeth whitening so, in order for the veneers to match the new shade of the natural teeth, they would need to be replaced with new veneers that are fabricated to match the improved color of the teeth.
  • Gum recession: There are many conditions that can lead to gum recession, most commonly gum disease. If the gums recede they may create unsightly gaps between the gums and the porcelain veneers. In this case the veneers would have to be replaced to close this gap.

Expanding the Life of Porcelain Veneers

The best way to expand the life of porcelain veneers is to care for them just like the natural teeth. Veneers should be brushed and flossed and regular dental check-ups should be scheduled to maintain good oral health. Porcelain veneers that receive routine maintenance care are less likely to require early replacement.

Schedule an Appointment

If you have porcelain veneers that seem to be worn down or require replacement for any of the reasons listed above, schedule an appointment with Dr. Timothy Messer at your earliest convenience. Dr. Messer can replace worn or damaged porcelain veneers to restore luster and beauty to your smile.

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I have been to several dentists in the Memphis Area and I have finally found THE ONE!! Dr. Messer is the best dentist I have ever been to. I have complete confidence in any procedure that he performs and I can't imagine ever going to any other dentist.

-Meredith Page B.