What Happens When You Lose a Veneer?
When prepared and bonded correctly, porcelain veneers should not break or fall off. Accidents happen, however, and it is possible for them to come off, leaving you in need of the cosmetic dentistry expertise from Denise A. Perrotta, D.M.D. in Winston-Salem, NC.
Whether your veneers pop off on their own or they are damaged due to some type of trauma, you will need to respond appropriately to quickly restore your smile and reduce your risk of complications. Here are the four steps you should take.
1. Remove any Loose Pieces
First, remove any loose pieces that are in your mouth. Do not remove pieces that are still attached; simply remove pieces that have come all the way loose. Be careful not to swallow, drop or lose any pieces or to cut your hands or mouth in the process.
2. Examine the Damage
Next, examine the pieces in your hand and in your mouth. Are your veneers broken or did they just pop off intact? Are there any sharp edges that could cut your mouth? Do you have all of the pieces, or are some missing? You will need this information when you call to set up an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. Perrotta in Winston-Salem, NC.
3. Protect Your Mouth
If the part of your veneer still attached to your teeth has any rough or sharp edges, you will want to cover them up to avoid cutting your mouth. Do this with white dental wax, a bit of gauze or even a mouth guard or night guard if that is all you have on hand. Be sure to also put any loose veneer pieces somewhere safe so you can bring them in with you when you visit Dr. Perrotta in Winston-Salem, NC.
4. Visit Dr. Perrotta for Treatment
Lastly, as soon as you have assessed the area and taken steps to keep from cutting your mouth, be sure to call Dr. Perrotta right away to set up an appointment for treatment. If your veneer is still intact, she can likely just reattach it. If your veneers are lost or broken, however, you will need to have the remaining pieces removed, a new set of veneers created in a lab, and the replacements attached.
Replacing lost or broken veneers can be time-consuming and inconvenient, but it can be done. If your veneers are broken or missing or if they have simply popped off intact, call cosmetic dentist Dr. Perrotta right away to schedule an emergency dental appointment. She will have you looking better in no time!