Restorative Dentistry is a branch of dentistry that includes all treatments used to bring decayed or damaged teeth back to health as well as a natural appearance. Among other things, these treatments include veneers along with reparation and/or replacement of damaged teeth. The dental surgeon will take an x-ray of the area to treat prior to suggesting a treatment plan, which will vary depending on how the teeth looks and your personal situation.
What are dental veneers?
Veneers are very thin shells, usually made of porcelain or composite resin, attached to the front part of the teeth. Porcelain veneers are stronger than composite resin veneers, last longer, and do not stain nor change color. At least two appointments are usually necessary to complete the treatment.
Depending on the case, a local anesthetic may be given to the patient prior to treatment.
When crafting porcelain veneers, the dental surgeon will start by removing a thin layer of enamel on the front of the teeth that need the treatment. This is so the veneers can be installed once they are made.
Then, an imprint of the teeth to treat is taken and used to craft the veneers. In the meantime, temporary veneers are installed on those teeth. These temporary veneers are very fragile and need to be treated with great care when eating or brushing your teeth, for they can fall off if they are tempered with.
During the following appointment, the dentist will remove the temporary veneers and install the permanent ones.
Veneers are not appropriate for everyone. The dentist may suggest alternative treatments for different reasons:
Much like natural teeth, veneered teeth are to be brushed and flossed daily. Once veneers are installed, the process cannot be reversed since part of the enamel has been removed.
Should a veneer crack, fall off, or if a cavity develops under it, the treatment must be done all over again. Another option could be to install a crown on the tooth.
Be careful when eating harder food. Biting fingernails or chewing on ice must both be avoided.