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Can Teeth Rot Under Your Veneers?

As a dental patient, you probably know that your teeth can decay if you don’t care for them. But what about your veneers? If you’ve ever had dental veneers put on, you may have wondered if they can rot under the veneers. And if so, what can be done to prevent it? Keep reading to find out!

What Are Dental Veneers?

A dental veneer is one of the most popular cosmetic dental services nowadays for those who wish to improve their smile. They are thin shells that bond to the front part of the tooth to cover imperfections. Dental professionals customise them using either porcelain or composite resin, which can resemble natural teeth.

They can be used to address several aesthetic issues, including teeth that are misshapen, discoloured, or chipped, as well as gaps between teeth. They are also an efficient way to change the shape and length of the teeth. The results can be remarkable and may affect your confidence in showing off your smile. With proper care, your veneers can last for many years.

Can Your Teeth Rot Under Veneers?

Under normal circumstances, your teeth should not rot beneath dental veneers. Your natural teeth can be well protected if an experienced dentist correctly applies them.

Although, in other cases, it’s still possible for decay to form under and around the veneer. The culprit is often a diet high in sugar coupled with poor oral hygiene. Since they only cover the front portion of the tooth, the rest of the area may still collect plaque resulting in decay or cavities.

Additionally, the risk of improper application may lead to problems. If you suspect your teeth or veneers might be prone to such issues, there are a few things you can watch out for.

How to Tell if Teeth Are Rotting Under Veneers?

As we mentioned, one of the major concerns with dental veneers is that they may trap food particles and plaque. Bacteria can thrive in these and can cause decay. While this is not a common occurrence, it is essential to be aware of the signs that your teeth under veneers may be rotting:
You must consult your dentist immediately if you notice any of these signs. If they determine that the tooth is rotten, the veneers may need to be removed so that they can address the decay first and replace the thin shells. Sometimes this isn’t always possible if the teeth are severely rotten. Your dental care provider might also advise other methods instead.

How Do You Manage A Rotten Tooth?

There is no absolute cure for rotten teeth, but dental treatment options are available to limit further decay. At your consultation appointment, your dentist will examine your teeth and ask about any concerns you may have. They may also carry out an x-ray to check the condition of your teeth.

Options may depend on the severity of the cavity. These may include tooth fillings, dental fillings, and root canal treatment. In more severe cases, tooth extractions, bridges, or implants may be necessary to fill in the gap. If caught early enough, you may manage decay with simple at-home remedies (with your dentist’s supervision), such as using fluoride toothpaste and good oral hygiene habits. However, it is always best to consult a dentist to ensure the appropriate method is used.

Can You Put Veneers On Bad Teeth?

Ideally, dental veneers should not be placed on decayed or damaged teeth. Doing so may only cause more damage to the tooth and the veneers to fail. Suppose you wish to proceed with improving your smile; any decayed teeth must be removed or addressed first.

On the other hand, if you’re trying to improve the look of your damaged or weakened teeth, you may opt for other alternatives, such as a dental crown. They are designed to encase the entire tooth. They provide strength and support while also improving the appearance of your tooth. If you’re unsure which procedure is right for you, consult your dentist. They will be able to assess your needs and recommend the best course of treatment.

Do Veneers Damage Your Teeth?

Dental veneers will not harm your teeth as long as you see a trained dentist. The first step to a safe application includes taking x-rays to ensure your teeth are healthy and free of decay. Before we can attach veneers to your teeth, we must first prepare them by removing a thin layer of your enamel surface. However, some patients are concerned about this process as it may sound harmful. It generally does not impact the strength or health of your natural teeth. The preparation is necessary to create the right amount of space for the veneers so they look natural once they’re in place. On the contrary, while the removal of tooth enamel is not harmful, it will permanently alter your tooth structure. The surface will not re-mineralise or grow back once removed. Once veneers are bonded, removing them will require replacement. This is because they will be destroyed when they are detached from your teeth. The good news is that, with adequate care, both your real teeth and veneers can remain strong and function for many years.

How Long Do Veneers Last?

Generally, veneers can last several years with proper care. Their lifespan varies depending on the type of material, how well you take care of them, and other individual circumstances. On average, porcelain veneers may last ten years or longer. While according to one study, composite veneers may last 3 to 5 years.

Dental veneers are designed to be long-lasting and made from durable materials. Yet, they are not invulnerable. For them to remain in good condition, it is essential to make an effort to maintain them just as you would your natural teeth.

How Do You Care For Your Teeth With Veneers?

Ultimately, adequate maintenance is a great way to keep your teeth healthy and your veneers looking their best. The good news is that they are pretty easy to take care of. The following are a few essential tips:

Can You Use An Electric Toothbrush On Dental Veneers?

Electric toothbrushes are great for hard-to-reach areas and getting a thorough clean. However, you need to be careful not to brush too hard. Use gentle pressure for up to three minutes until your teeth are clean. Harder bristles can damage dental veneers, so it’s best to stick with a soft or medium bristled brush. Here are some pros and cons of using an electric toothbrush when wearing veneers:

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Cons

Final Thoughts

Veneers are definitely an excellent option to get a brighter smile and uniform teeth by masking cosmetic issues. Although they may add some protection to your natural teeth, it is essential to maintain good oral care. Otherwise, complications may arise. Poor dental hygiene and diet can result in tooth decay and damage to your veneers.

So, all in all, be sure to brush twice a day, floss daily, and see your dentist for regular checkups. You should also avoid foods and drinks that are high in sugar and acid to prevent tooth decay.

Suppose you’re having any problems with your veneers or want to schedule a cleaning appointment, book online or call Magical Smiles today. Our team wants you to enjoy your beautiful smile for years to come.

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