Porcelain veneers are strong and durable and can last many years with proper care; however, there are several reasons patients may seek the expertise of Dr. Mark A. Cruz for veneer replacement. Gum recession can cause the roots of the teeth to show, requiring restoration replacement. Although porcelain is stain resistant, decay can still occur around the interface of the veneer with the tooth so oral hygiene is critical. Biting into hard or sticky foods can cause a veneer to chip or break. Grinding the teeth can add force on the veneer and cause it, or the natural tooth, to break. Rest assured Dr. Cruz is committed to prescribing an accurate diagnosis before recommending treatment; such as veneer replacement.
Veneer treatment usually involves three appointments. The first step starts with diagnosis and tailoring a treatment plan. Dr. Cruz will carefully examine the mouth, teeth, gums, and current veneer to determine the right diagnosis and treatment. If a replacement veneer is recommended, a diagnostic model of the teeth is sent to a ceramist to create a replica of the desired smile. The ceramist will come to the dental office for a custom shade analysis to match the veneer to the surrounding teeth.
The procedure of replacing the veneer involves removal of remaining veneer structure and possible re-contouring of the tooth surface. Diagnostic images, along with an opposing model of the teeth are taken; then an impression is made of the prepped teeth. These images and impressions are sent to the ceramist.
It will take about two weeks for the veneer to be fabricated. Dr. Cruz will provide a temporary veneer until the fabricated veneer arrives. After arrival, Dr. Cruz will bond the veneer to the tooth and ensure it blends nicely with the smile. Veneers are natural looking and attractive smile enhancements. They can renew confidence and boost self-esteem, as well as, transform a smile from dull to radiant.
Is it time to have your veneer replaced? Dr. Cruz will be happy to meet with you during a consultation appointment. Schedule yours by calling Dr. Cruz's staff at (949) 661-1006.