Veneers are a lasting and durable dental restoration. However, like natural teeth, veneers can sometimes chip or break. Luckily, this situation is easily treatable. With help from your Edison, NJ dentists at Frechtman Family Dental, Dr. Saul Frechtman and Dr. David Frechtman, your broken veneer is nothing to panic about.
What should I do if my veneer breaks?
The first thing you should do is gather any broken pieces which have fallen out of your mouth. If your veneer is still attached to your tooth, carefully remove it and save it. Keep the veneer safe from further damage by wrapping it in a soft material like cotton or tissue and storing it in a sturdy container until you can make it to your dentist’s office. If your veneer becomes dislodged or breaks, you should schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible.
Veneer Repair in Edison, NJ
In some cases, veneers may simply come off without breaking, a situation known as debonding. If this happens, your dentist can usually replace it without the hassle of making a new veneer. Your dentist can often smooth out small chips in the veneer’s porcelain using dental contouring. However, a broken or cracked veneer cannot be repaired and a dental laboratory must create a new one.
Preventing Broken Veneers
Your veneers are durable and designed to last many years. However, they can chip or break in certain circumstances. The best way to prevent a broken or damaged veneer is to exercise common sense and be mindful of caring for your restorations. Try to avoid biting hard food items with your veneers. If you grind your teeth, sleeping in a mouthguard could help prevent the chances of damaging your veneers. Take care of both your natural teeth and veneers by brushing twice daily and flossing at least once. Finally, commit to seeing your dentist for bi-annual cleanings and examinations. These visits not only maintain your natural teeth but allow your dentist to monitor your dental restorations for potential hazards or damage.
For more information on broken veneers, please contact Dr. Saul and Dr. David Frechtman at Frechtman Family Dental in Edison, NJ. Call (732) 548-8600 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
Fans of the primetime TV show The Middle were delighted to see that high school senior Sue, played by Eden Sher, finally got her braces off at the start of Season 6. But since this popular sitcom wouldn’t be complete without some slapstick comedy, this happy event is not without its trials and tribulations: The episode ends with Sue’s whole family diving into a dumpster in search of the teen’s lost retainer. Sue finds it in the garbage and immediately pops it in her mouth. But wait — it doesn’t fit, it’s not even hers!
If you think this scenario is far-fetched, guess again. OK, maybe the part about Sue not washing the retainer upon reclaiming it was just a gag (literally and figuratively), but lost retainers are all too common. Unfortunately, they’re also expensive to replace — so they need to be handled with care. What’s the best way to do that? Retainers should be brushed daily with a soft toothbrush and liquid soap (dish soap works well), and then placed immediately back in your mouth or into the case that came with the retainer. When you are eating a meal at a restaurant, do not wrap your retainer in a napkin and leave it on the table — this is a great way to lose it! Instead, take the case with you, and keep the retainer in it while you’re eating. When you get home, brush your teeth and then put the retainer back in your mouth.
If you do lose your retainer though, let us know right away. Retention is the last step of your orthodontic treatment, and it’s extremely important. You’ve worked hard to get a beautiful smile, and no one wants to see that effort wasted. Yet if you neglect to wear your retainer as instructed, your teeth are likely to shift out of position. Why does this happen?
As you’ve seen firsthand, teeth aren’t rigidly fixed in the jaw — they can be moved in response to light and continuous force. That’s what orthodontic appliances do: apply the right amount of force in a carefully controlled manner. But there are other forces at work on your teeth that can move them in less predictable ways. For example, normal biting and chewing can, over time, cause your teeth to shift position. To get teeth to stay where they’ve been moved orthodontically, new bone needs to form around them and anchor them where they are. That will happen over time, but only if they are held in place with a retainer. That’s why it is so important to wear yours as directed — and notify us immediately if it gets lost.
And if ever you do have to dig your retainer out of a dumpster… be sure to wash it before putting in in your mouth!
If you would like more information on retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers” and “Why Orthodontic Retainers?”
Restoring missing or unattractive teeth can often be a lengthy process. Months may elapse between initial teeth preparation and final placement to allow time for tissue healing and permanent crown manufacturing. During that period you will likely wear temporary (provisional) crowns to protect the teeth while improving function and appearance.
In the past, provisional crowns were fairly uniform. Today, though, there are provisional crowns available that conform exactly to a patient’s individual mouth. These crowns not only enhance function and appearance, they’re an excellent way to “try out” your new smile before the permanent restoration.
Customized provisional crowns are part of a concept known as “smile analysis.” A new smile involves more than restoring affected teeth: we also consider the overall health of your mouth, the shape of your face, and your own desires and expectations. Your final smile design is a joint collaboration between you, our office and the dental laboratory that will fashion the final restoration.
There are a number of techniques for creating customized provisional crowns. Some techniques involve bonding tooth-colored materials like composite resin directly to the teeth. Others use impression models of your teeth to create an outline or shell that’s filled with an acrylic material and then affixed to your teeth. The aim with any of these techniques is to produce a provisional crown that accurately reflects the final crown’s appearance.
With these types of provisional crowns, we can see how the new teeth will look (their color, shading, shapes and proportions) against the gums, and if they appear to be in balance and harmony with the entire face, including your lips, jaws and facial contour. We can also evaluate how well the new teeth function as you chew, speak or smile.
It takes some extra effort to prepare customized provisional crowns rather than the more uniform version. But this effort is well worth it: by helping us anticipate more accurately how your new restorations will appear and function, customized crowns help ensure your new smile is an attractive and satisfying one.
If you would like more information on temporary restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Concepts of Temporary Restorations.”