Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve their appearance. They are typically made of a tooth-colored material, such as porcelain or composite resin, and are bonded to the front of the tooth using a dental adhesive. Veneers are often used to improve the color, shape, size, or alignment of teeth, and can be an effective solution for hiding dental flaws such as chips, stains, and gaps. The procedure for getting veneers typically involves two or three dental appointments and may require the removal of a small amount of tooth enamel.
How long does a porcelain veneer take to put in place?
Typically, a porcelain veneer can take one to two appointments to place. The first appointment is for the dentist to prepare the tooth and take an impression, and the second appointment is for the dentist to bond the veneer to the tooth. The process can take about 2 weeks to complete.
The first will be about 30 minutes long during which your tooth (teeth) will be trimmed by the dentist and then an impression will be made to manufacture the porcelain veneer.
The second visit will take about 30 minutes for the dentist to bond the porcelain veneer to the patient’s tooth (teeth).
Will I experience any discomfort after the first appointment?
Some patients may experience sensitivity to hot/cold drinks, but using a straw can usually avoid this.
After the first appointment, some patients may experience some mild discomfort or sensitivity. This is usually due to the tooth being prepared for the veneer, which involves removing a small amount of tooth structure. The dentist may also provide a temporary veneer to protect the tooth until the permanent veneer is ready.
Over the counter pain relievers can usually alleviate any discomfort, but if the pain is severe or prolonged, it is best to contact the dentist to make sure there are no complications.
It’s also worth noting that some dentists may use a drill-less or minimally invasive technique, which can reduce the sensitivity and discomfort after the first appointment.
Between the two visits to the dentist, the patient should brush regularly and avoid such staining agents as coffee, tea, or tobacco. Patients should also floss frequently, as the gums during this period are prone to swelling and bleeding.
- The tooth is numbed by local anesthetic and prepared tooth.
- The dentist makes an impression on the prepared tooth.
- A temporary crown is put in place to prevent the tooth from shifting while the crown is manufactured.
The final crown is tested in position for a bite and adjusted by the dentist. If the fit is clean, then the crown will be cemented in place with a permanent resin.
Is there much pain involved?
The dentist will locally anesthetize the patient to avoid any discomfort.
How long does a crown last?
A crown can last very long, 10 to 15 or more years. It also depends on how well you take care of it and what kind of crown it is…ie porcelain crown or gold crown. Gold crown generally lasts longer. Porcelain sometimes can be chipped off due to grinding teeth or biting something hard it’s old and brittle and sometimes will be chipped off on one corner. Yes, you can get decay under the crown margin or under the gum line if you do not have good home care. You must floss and keep plaque away from the gum line so the crown stays clean. X-rays will detect decay under crowns or on crown margins. Hope this helps you.