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What to Do If Your Veneer Falls Off: 6 Simple Steps

October 6, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — mccombdental @ 10:55 pm
Illustration of a veneer coming off the tooth

Veneers allow you to transform your entire smile, and they can potentially last for 10 or even 15 years with the right care. However, there’s always a chance that a veneer could end up falling off your tooth, and you need to know what to do in order to manage this situation. Below is a brief step-by-step guide on how to handle a lost veneer.

1. Locate the Veneer

It may be possible for your dentist to reattach the veneer if it’s still in good enough condition. As such, your first step is to locate the veneer so that you can store it in a safe place. If it has broken into multiple pieces, collect as many as possible.

2. Get in Touch with Your Dentist

Next, you need to get in touch with your dentist to let them know what happened. Ideally, they’ll be able to make arrangements to see you as quickly as possible. If necessary, they can give you advice for taking care of your smile until you can get to their office.

3. Keep Your Tooth Safe

When placing a veneer, a small amount of enamel will need to be removed from the tooth in question. If the veneer falls off, the prepared tooth will be exposed. This isn’t necessarily an emergency, but you can generally expect the tooth to be more sensitive than normal. To be on the safe side, it’s recommended that you stay away from hot and cold foods for the time being.

4. If Necessary, Cover the Tooth with Dental Wax

You shouldn’t try to reattach a veneer by yourself, but at the same time, if the exposed tooth feels rough against your lips or tongue, you may want to cover it up for the sake of your comfort. Dental wax is often a good choice; you can simply take a thin layer and apply it to the parts of the tooth that are bothering you.

5. Talk to Your Dentist About What Caused the Problem

After they have had a chance to examine your mouth, your dentist will be able to help you narrow down what caused your veneer to fall off. After all, addressing the cause of the problem can make it less likely to happen again in the future. Teeth grinding, physical damage, and underlying tooth decay are just a few possible explanations for why a veneer might have fallen off.

6. Have the Veneer Reattached or Get a New One

In many cases, it may be possible to simply put the veneer back on the tooth. Even if it has been slightly damaged, it could still be reused after it has been repaired. In cases where the veneer has been too badly broken, your dentist can simply place a new one to cover your tooth and allow you to continue enjoying an enhanced smile.

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