Can I Get Cavities With Veneers?

VeneersThere are plenty of good reasons to consider veneers as a solution for certain types of cosmetic dental issues. If you
have cracked, chipped, or crooked teeth, veneers can dramatically improve your smile, leading to increased self-confidence. They can also make your teeth appear much brighter and they are more stain-resistant than natural teeth.

But veneers are not a magical solution for all challenges related to your teeth and gums. While a veneer itself cannot experience decay or disease, it’s entirely possible to get a cavity in a tooth covered by a veneer.

There are several reasons why teeth covered by veneers can get cavities:

  • Improperly installed veneers can provide a bad fit over the natural part of the tooth, leaving it vulnerable to decay, since the protective covering of enamel has been removed.
  • Veneers require an adequate personal hygiene routine to support them, as well as regular trips to the dentist for check-ups. For most adults to stay healthy periodontally, they need to be seen at the dentist’s office every 12 to 16 weeks. Poor oral hygiene leads to the possibility of tooth decay.
  • A patient may take medications that promote dry mouth or they may be experiencing a suppressed immune system, which can lead to inflammation and infection issues in the mouth.
  • The patient may not have been a good candidate for veneers in the first place. Individuals with unhealthy teeth (decay or active gum disease), weakened teeth (from decay, fractures, or large dental fillings), or for those who have an inadequate amount of existing enamel on the tooth surface, are far more likely to see poor results if they opt for veneers.

The easiest way to avoid a cavity in a tooth covered by a veneer is to maintain a rigorous personal oral health regimen, see your dentist regularly, and comply with all post-treatment suggestions provided by your dentist or dental hygienist.

“Veneers can provide wonderful cosmetic improvements, but it’s important to remember they’re attached to and surrounded by organic gum and bone,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist practicing in central Phoenix. “Treating your teeth with veneers the way you treat the rest of your teeth will ensure the veneers last a long time and support the health of your mouth!”

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