Similar to just about every other dental restoration, dental veneers have some side effects. Thankfully, the vast majority of these side effects are tolerable. While most patients do not experience an abundance of these problems, the possibility for side effects certainly looms. Here is a closer look at the potential side effects of dental veneers and the extent to which they matter.
Slight Tooth Sensitivity
The dentist must remove some of the enamel to place veneers on the teeth. The enamel is taken off the surface, making the teeth slightly sensitive following the placement of the veneers. People are more likely to experience the sensitivity when enjoying hot or cold foods/beverages.
Irregularities in Color
There is the potential for the veneers to not be the perfect match for the color of the adjacent teeth. Certain dental veneers experience discoloration or staining along their edges. Such discoloration and staining are especially common when the dentist seals the veneers with excess moisture. It is not possible to change the color of dental veneers after attachment.
A Response From the Gum Tissues
The gum tissues might take some time to adjust to the newly-placed veneers. There will likely be some minor inflammation and/or discomfort in the gums. The dentist will take a closer look at any remaining gum tissue inflammation during the post-operative check-up.
The dental veneer placement procedure has the potential to cause some discomfort. There will be minimal to no pain during and after the procedure. If you are particularly sensitive, take an over the counter medication to treat your pain.
A Higher Risk of Trauma
Those who choose veneers have a slightly elevated risk of trauma. The procedure requires the removal of some tooth enamel to allow the veneer to firmly connect. The tooth is that much more sensitive. It is even possible for the pulp within the tooth to die. In some cases, it makes more sense to have the tooth crowned rather than deal with heightened sensitivity and possible damage to the pulp.
Possible Issues With Placement
It is possible for the teeth to have issues with decay or chipping along the outer portion of the veneers. Other problems can include rough-edged veneers and overhanging veneers. Gum irritation is also possible. Aligning veneer margins with the chewing edges has the potential to chip the veneers. However, removing too little of the surface can cause the veneers to look too thick.
Do not let These Possible Side Effects Detract You From Dental Veneers
Though the issues raised in this article detail the worst possible side effects of dental veneers, the benefits outweigh the risks. By choosing this thin ceramic coating positioned along the outer portion of your teeth, you will have the lovely bright smile you have been hoping for. Your veneers will remedy all issues related to color, shape, size and length. Your dental veneers will likely prove functional and visually pleasing for at least the next 5 to 10 years.
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