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The Porcelain Veneers Replacement Process

By drparr on March 14, 2017


A porcelain veneer covering a toothPeople in and around Virginia Beach know they can count on us for exceptional dental care services. We offer the latest in cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments, including porcelain veneers and other smile makeover options.

While porcelain veneers are excellent for addressing chips, cracks, stains, and other aesthetic flaws, they do have a certain lifespan and will require replacement years down the road. Let's explore these issues right now.

How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?

Porcelain veneers are quite durable, but like natural tooth structure, they can be chipped, cracked, and damaged. For most people, porcelain veneers will last about 10 years. With good oral hygiene and proper care, porcelain veneers can last up to 15 years. Eventually, though, your porcelain veneers, like other restorations, will require replacement.

Reasons for Porcelain Veneer Replacement

There are a few reasons why your porcelain veneers may require replacement. The most common issues are as follows:

  • Natural Wear and Tear – As noted above, your porcelain veneers can be worn down and damaged by the same things that harm your natural teeth. Years of biting and chewing will eventually take their toll.

  • Physical Injury and Trauma – If you suffer a serious blow to the face, head, or mouth, this can lead to a chip or crack of a porcelain veneer.

  • Tooth Decay Around the Veneer – When there is damage to a tooth that the veneer is covering, it's sometimes necessary to remove the veneer in order to address the problem. In these cases, a new porcelain veneer may be placed.

  • Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) – The gnashing, clenching, and shifting of the teeth can do a lot of damage to your regular tooth structure and your porcelain veneers.

The Porcelain Veneer Replacement Process

The process of replacing your porcelain veneers is similar to the process of the initial placement. First the old veneer is removed and the tooth is polished clean. A little bit of the tooth structure is removed to accommodate the new veneer. Typically this means less than a millimeter of material. An impression is then taken for a new veneer to be crafted at a dental lab. Once the new porcelain veneer is ready, it can be adhered in place.

Like your old veneers, a new porcelain veneer will generally last up to 15 years before replacement may be necessary.

Tips for Prolonging the Life of Your Porcelain Veneers

To prolong the life of your porcelain veneers, consider the following tips:

  • Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day
  • Avoid snacking on junk food and soft drinks
  • Wear mouth protection and head protection when applicable
  • Discuss issues with dental pain with your dentist
  • Attend regular checkups with your dentist twice a year

Do My Porcelain Veneers Need Replacement?

If you got porcelain veneers a while ago and wonder if you're due for a placement, be sure to visit our practice for a consultation. We'll examine your veneers and your teeth in their current state and let you know if a new set of porcelain veneers are right for you.

Learn More About Porcelain Veneers

For more information about porcelain veneers and if your current veneers require replacement, we encourage you to contact our advanced cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Our team will answer your questions and address your concerns.

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