What is a Dental Veneer?
- A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of the tooth, for aesthetic purpose.
- Veneer is like an artificial covering over a tooth surface.
Types of Veneer:
Let's Compare Porcelain Veneer with Composite Veneer:
- Composite veneer can be built directly in the mouth whereas porcelain veneer cannot be built like that.
- Composite veneer appearance is like that of a porcelain veneer.
- Porcelain veneer is more expensive than composite veneer.
- Porcelain has comparatively higher durability and strength.
Procedure to Place Veneer Over Tooth Surface:
The following are the steps involved while placing a veneer over the tooth surface.
- Cleaning of the tooth surface.
- The outer enamel surface is removed so that veneer can be placed over tooth surface.
- 1/2-1 millimetre enamel is reduced.
- Both the sides of the tooth (contact area between the tooth are also prepared.
- Once the preparation is over, impression of the prepared tooth is taken.
- Cast is prepared from the impression and sent to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneer. The veneer is fabricated in the lab.
- Shade guide is used to select the colour of the veneer matching with the adjacent tooth.
- Veneer is then bonded over the front tooth surface using bonding agent.
What are the Uses of Veneer?
A dental veneer is needed in the following conditions:
- To improve the colour, shape and position of front teeth.
- To close small gaps between the front teeth.
- For discoloured tooth, to establish the original colour.
- For slightly fractured tooth.
- For root canal treated tooth.
- To correct mild surface erosion at the biting end of the front teeth.
- To correct slight mal-alignment of the teeth.
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Wearing a Veneer:
- Stain resistant when compared to tooth colored fillings.
- Minimal tooth preparation is required when compared to a crown.
- It is a lesser invasive procedure than other methods such as dental crowns.
- No additional maintenance necessary apart from a check-up with dentist once in every six months.
- Expensive dental procedure.
- It is an irreversible procedure.
- Teeth sensitivity may occur after placing the veneer.
- Debonding of the veneer may occur when you bite hard food stuff.
- Change in colour may occur.
- Individuals with veneer placed on their tooth cannot bite hard food using front tooth (such as apples, meat, guava, biscuits,etc.)
Alternate Options other than Veneers:
Dental restorative techniques other than veneers include:
- Composite restoration (tooth colored fillings).
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Last reviewed at: 07.Sep.2018
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