Risks of Porcelain Veneers

By Ettienne Van Zyl on January 05, 2013

Risks of Porcelain VeneersPorcelain veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures available today. That said, there are a number of misconceptions that people have about the procedure, and many people are unaware of the risks involved. When you meet with a Memphis cosmetic dentist for a porcelain veneers consultation, you will be able to get answers to all of your questions and will be able to learn about the risks as well as the benefits of treatment in full detail. Let's focus on the risks right now.

About Porcelain Veneers

First of all, let's clear up those misconceptions about porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of dental ceramic that are affixed to the front facing portions of the teeth. When in place, porcelain veneers are able to:

  • Conceal chips and cracks

  • Mask major dental stains

  • Cover up tooth misalignment and crookedness

  • Fill tooth gaps

How Porcelain Veneers are Placed

In order to place Memphis porcelain veneers, a small amount of tooth material must be removed. This is generally a fraction of a millimeter, but any removal of tooth material means that patients should be in good dental health in order to quality for porcelain veneers.

Are risks and side effects common with porcelain veneers?

Risks and side effects are inherent with any dental care treatment, but many of the risks are manageable or avoidable so long as you follow our instructions for pre-treatment and post-treatment care.

Problems with Tooth Sensitivity

Following porcelain veneer treatment, it's common for people to experience some degree of tooth sensitivity after treatment. This tooth sensitivity should abate after a few weeks.

Issues with Staining and Whitening

After getting porcelain dental veneers, we encourage patients to avoid substances that can result in staining of the teeth, such as:

  • Smoking

  • Chewing tobacco

  • Coffee

  • Tea

  • Cola

  • Red wine

Since porcelain veneers do not respond to dental bleaching treatment, it is imperative that patients do their best to avoid the above.

Trauma to the Tooth

Even though a very minute amount of tooth material is removed during the porcelain veneer procedure, the removal of tooth structure can potentially cause injury to the tooth. That's why our Collierville dental care specialists are conservative when determining candidacy for treatment and extremely careful during the actual procedure.

Irreversible Treatment

Given the way the procedure is performed, we stress to patients that porcelain veneers treatment is irreversible. Patients need to be totally sure about undergoing treatment, otherwise some drastic measures will be required in order to meet a patient's needs after the fact.

Weighing Your Options for Care

Even though there are these potential risks of porcelain veneer treatment, many people still feel that porcelain veneer treatment is necessary to achieve their dental goals. We can recommend alternatives (such as teeth whitening and ClearCorrect™ invisible braces) in case you do not feel that porcelain veneers are right for you.

Learn More About Cosmetic Dental Care Treatments

For more information about porcelain veneers and your many other dental care options, be sure to contact our Collierville cosmetic dentistry center today. The entire team at our practice looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you make the most informed decision about your dental heath.

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