Veneers are a great investment because they have an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years, depending on your aftercare routine. They are designed to serve as a long-term solution to enjoy a beautiful smile for many years; however, they can lose their bond with your teeth as time passes. If a veneer fell off, don’t panic! Here’s what you should do until you can see your dentist.
Handling a Lost Veneer
A unique application process is used to attach a veneer to the front side of a tooth to ensure a strong bond. However, any error in the process can cause one to fall off. Not to mention, the bonding material will weaken over time or daily wear and tear can cause one to pop off. Although the situation may seem alarming, here are the steps to take to make the stressful event a little easier:
- Find the Pieces
Whether a portion of the veneer broke or the entire restoration came off your tooth, collect all the pieces and store them in a clean, hard container. Do not keep them in your mouth to avoid choking. If your veneer came off in mostly one piece, your dentist may be able to reattach it.
- Contact Your Dentist
Call your cosmetic dentist and explain the situation. They’ll get you into the office quickly because your tooth will be vulnerable to bacteria and potential damage without the veneer covering it.
- Watch What You Eat
Your tooth will probably be sensitive, so it’s best to avoid any foods or drinks that are hot, cold, or acidic. Don’t bite into hard foods to prevent damaging your tooth. Use caution when eating or drinking until after you’ve seen your cosmetic dentist.
- Consider a Temporary Solution
Never attempt to bond the veneer back in place on your own using at-home remedies, like superglue. Not only does glue contain toxic chemicals and can cause allergic reactions, but you can trap bacteria under the veneer. It is better to leave the mending for professionals, but you can use dental wax as a temporary solution to cover any rough edges. It can also reduce thermal sensitivity by creating a barrier over the tooth.
Treating a Lost Veneer
Your cosmetic dentist will examine your mouth and the veneer to determine why the restoration fell off, such as decay, incorrect placement, or bad oral habits. Depending on the underlying issue, you may require additional treatments before the restoration can be replaced.
Whether the veneer can be reattached or you need a replacement, your dentist will ensure seamless results to restore your beautiful, confident smile. Don’t wait to see your dentist.
About Dr. Kevin Dann
Dr. Dann earned his dental degree from the University of Toronto and has completed extensive education in many specialties, including cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and sedation. He is an active member of various professional organizations because of his commitment to excellence. If you lost a veneer, contact our office right away to schedule an appointment.