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The Porcelain Veneer Procedure

No one likes having a cracks or chips in their teeth. If you are suffering from damage to your tooth—whether it be from decay or an accident that left your tooth chipped or cracked—a dental veneer may be the best option to repair the broken tooth.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

A veneer is a dental appliance that is used to repair a damaged tooth. The appliance is adhered to the natural tooth once it has been reshaped to properly fit the veneer. Porcelain veneers are dental veneers that are made from porcelain. This material is an excellent choice for a durable, long-lasting material.

Why Would I Need Porcelain Veneers?

Dental veneers are excellent for the treatment of a variety of different oral health issues. Some of these include:

  • Cracks in Teeth
  • Broken Teeth
  • Damage Due to Tooth Decay
  • Chipped Teeth
  • Teeth Crowding
  • Teeth Discoloration

A dental veneer will restore a lot of the strength back to your damaged tooth, while also completing your smile. A dental veneer is able to fit well with the rest of your smile, and your dentist will make sure to choose a shade for your veneer that fits the natural tooth it is being placed on, along with the surrounding teeth.

What Is the Procedure of Having a Porcelain Veneer Placed?

The placement of a dental veneer is a simple one. It begins with a trip to the dentist when a tooth is damaged, causing you pain or discolored.

You also may notice swelling of the surrounding gums, or pressure while trying to chew. It’s important to set an appointment as soon as possible when you experience these symptoms. Allowing these issues to persist could lead to further damaged, which in turn could lead to the need for a dental crown to be placed, or the tooth to be completely extracted. Once your dentist has determined that the best course of action is to place a veneer, they will begin removing any decay, and doing any work that is needed to heal the tooth. Once the decay is removed, they can work on reshaping the tooth.

The reshaping process involves trimming the tooth to fit the veneer. Once the tooth is trimmed, a mold or 3D scan will be used to create the veneer. Once the veneer is created, your dentist will fit the veneer, and check the shade and overall appearance. If they approve of the appliance, they will place it.

Are Veneers Right for Me?

Ultimately, the decision as to whether or not a veneer is right for you will come down to the suggestion of your dentist. They will take a look at your tooth, and see what restorative procedures are possible. Because they want to save as much of the natural tooth as possible, they will likely opt for a dental veneer over a dental crown if the choice is available. If your tooth is in pain or has been damaged, speak with your dentist about having a veneer placed.

Interested in finding out more specially about our practice and porcelain veneer process? Contact Meadowdale Dental Clinic today. We're happy to assist you on your way to a beautiful, healthy, confident smile.

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